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organizing your home office storage space

simply stephen / January 29, 2010

Now that you’ve got spent some time organizing your desk – let’s work on storage. Storage is important and you have to decide what should go where. Remember that your desk should be kept as clutter free as possible.

what are you going to keep

The first thing you will need to do is decide what you need to keep. Removing all the excess items will help reduce the storage space needed. Here’s an article on how to simplify your bookshelf – especially if you need more space. You need to cull your files, store old tax files in a different space and eliminate all distractions.

Once you have this inventory, you can determine what furnishings are required.

The top drawer in your desk can be used for basic supplies like highlighters, staples and other items if you don’t have a desk set that takes care of this. If you do use it for your stationery and envelopes. They can otherwise go in a desktop organizer or the second drawer.

extra filing space

Usually the bottom drawer of a desk is designed for files (legal in one direction and letter size in the other). Sometimes it is not enough space and a second filing cabinet is needed. The desk files should be for all the quick and active files. The cabinet will house the remaining files and can be used for extra surface space next to your desk or positioned opposite for easy access. Bookshelf containers can house extra paper documents that you need access to.

reference material

If your desk is a simple flat surface area without shelves you may want a bookcase to handle all of your reference material. This is also ideal next to or behind the desk so it is not an immediate distraction but offers quick access. Try to eliminate all the books you never use (donate them or have a garage sale). This process will clear the overwhelming feeling of excessive items in your space and allows for extra space to store new items.

use what already exists

Many people forget about old furniture that is lying around the house but this can be used to store items such as your printer or extra computer equipment, especially a table with a top and bottom shelf. The closet can also be left out of the equation but is perfect for your boxed files (like taxes) and extra supplies. A dresser could double as a filing and supply cabinet.

As a final note If your home office will be needed to double as a guest room try to use furniture that can be wheeled out of the way or closed in to hide the area.

Now that you’ve got spent some time organizing your desk – let’s work on storage. Storage is important and you have to decide what should go where. Remember that your desk should be kept as clutter free as possible.

what are you going to keep

The first thing you will need to do is decide what you need to keep. Removing all the excess items will help reduce the storage space needed. Here’s an article on how to simplify your bookshelf – especially if you need more space. You need to cull your files, store old tax files in a different space and eliminate all distractions.

Once you have this inventory, you can determine what furnishings are required.

The top drawer in your desk can be used for basic supplies like highlighters, staples and other items if you don’t have a desk set that takes care of this. If you do use it for your stationery and envelopes. They can otherwise go in a desktop organizer or the second drawer.

extra filing space

Usually the bottom drawer of a desk is designed for files (legal in one direction and letter size in the other). Sometimes it is not enough space and a second filing cabinet is needed. The desk files should be for all the quick and active files. The cabinet will house the remaining files and can be used for extra surface space next to your desk or positioned opposite for easy access. Bookshelf containers can house extra paper documents that you need access to.

reference material

If your desk is a simple flat surface area without shelves you may want a bookcase to handle all of your reference material. This is also ideal next to or behind the desk so it is not an immediate distraction but offers quick access. Try to eliminate all the books you never use (donate them or have a garage sale). This process will clear the overwhelming feeling of excessive items in your space and allows for extra space to store new items.

use what already exists

Many people forget about old furniture that is lying around the house but this can be used to store items such as your printer or extra computer equipment, especially a table with a top and bottom shelf. The closet can also be left out of the equation but is perfect for your boxed files (like taxes) and extra supplies. A dresser could double as a filing and supply cabinet.

As a final note If your home office will be needed to double as a guest room try to use furniture that can be wheeled out of the way or closed in to hide the area.

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