Organizing Your Home Office Hall of Fame

We tackled organizing your home office as part of Week #16 of the Organized Home Challenge, and these readers did a great job.


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I've collected quite a few pictures in this hall of fame to show how people have done it.

Not everyone has a dedicated room to make into their office area, but that really isn't necessary.

For example, several people below showed how they converted other areas in their home to function as a home office, often times in their kitchen, but really wherever works for you will be fine.

So, I'd love for you to take this week's challenge too.

Once you do, make sure to take some before and after pictures and submit them to me here and I'll add them to the page.

Photo courtesy of EvelynGiggles

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I've Set Up My Home Office In My Kitchen

by Ferris

Ferris from The Hamman Family Blog shared an after picture of her small home office area which is located in her kitchen.

She said, "The desktop computer was a mess, cords everywhere. I moved all that stuff and dusted and organized the cords a little better. How nice does that look!!!"

I know a lot of people feel like this week's challenge isn't for them if they don't have a whole room for their home office, but really that just isn't the case.

Whether you've got a whole room or not every household needs a place to do paperwork, pay bills, and deal with school papers, for example.

For some people that it just the cleared off kitchen table, and that's fine. But if you find yourself needing space for these activities more consistently be creative and perhaps you can find a place in your home for a more permanent home office, even without a room dedicated to it.

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Adding A Hutch Above Your Desk Adds More Storage Space

by Janet Hudson

Here's an example of a desk which contains a hutch above it. These are a great way to add additional storage space to your home office.

I also like that this furniture doesn't look like traditional office furniture.

It just makes it seem so more homey and cheerful somehow.



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The Family Office Area: We Call It Our Command Center

by Samantha

Samantha says:

This is the "family" office downstairs. (I am working on converting an upstairs closet into an office.)

The cubbies are for mail, checks, receipts and coupons.

The basket is for all the papers that come home from school.

The small frames are for each of my 4 kids to use dry erase markers to write down things they need/need to do.

All normally used home/school supplies are there, plus the household notebook and the family printer, accessible to the gazillion laptops and gadgets we have floating around.

We call this our "command center".

Taylor says:

I love this Samantha. It's not even a desk, which is fine for your purposes, it is just a small flat surface in a corner.

I think this just goes to show that you don't have to have something traditional for it to be both pretty and functional.

I also note you've got your family calendar hanging up on the wall. This area of your home is a great place for it as well since it appears everyone in the house uses this area frequently.

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Converted Our Breakfast Nook Into My Office

by Erin

A reader, Erin, shared this picture of the area her family turned into her office.

She said, "We turned our breakfast nook into my office. I can get things done and not be away from my family."

I think Erin brings up a good point. When you're considering where to put your home office, you need to decide whether you want to be able to close yourself away from others to try to get work done, or if it would be better to stay in the thick of the action.

Of course, you don't always get the luxury of getting to make this decision, but if you have the choice definitely think about it first.

This is a personal decision that has to take into account lots of factors, so there is no right or wrong answer but it is worth considering before you set everything up so it works for you as well as possible.

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Created A Home Office In Our Dining Room

by Colleen

Colleen shared these pictures of the area that her family created in their home for their computer and filing area.

She said: "I took pics of what my husband did a few years ago for computer. He used kitchen countertop in our small informal dining room and some basic cabinets. He has half and my daughter uses the other for her art.

This is just a great example of finding space for something they really wanted in their home, even if it is an unconventional space. I think it looks great Colleen!

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My Home Office Desk Is A Work In Progress

by Stephanie

Stephanie shared this picture of the desk she uses for her family's paperwork.

I think this picture illustrates something really important -- sometimes all you need is a flat surface to work on.

Storage solutions and organizers can be helpful if you've got lots of computer and other equipment, or lots of papers you need access to, but other times just a place to lay things out and work is all that is needed.

It only needs to be as complicated as necessary to work, and no more complicated than that!

Are You Ready To Get Organized Now?

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I hope that these pictures, shared by readers, of their organized home office areas has inspired you to create or organize your own as well.

If it's also made you catch the organizing bug I'd love for you to also join the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge. In it each week we tackle a different area or type of item in our home and get it decluttered and organized.

Over the course of the year we go through the whole house, also developing positive habits and routines as we go, and by the end of the year you can have an organized home!

If you do work on organizing your home office make sure to share your before and after pictures with me here because I'd like to feature them on the site.

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