How a home office should function – unclutterer

But, it turns out, it’s not such a simple question. Identifying all of the reasons why a person might have a home office and then all of the possibilities for how that home office should function are quite extensive tasks. The specific requirements a single, graduate student, working on his dissertation might have are far different than those of an active family with four children where both parents work outside the home.

• Flexible. The demands that you put on this space can change from year-to-year, or even day-to-day. You want your space to be able to adapt to your needs. This means that you need to have room on a shelf and in a drawer to grow — at all times. If your space is completely full, then it becomes a museum or library instead of a functional office.


You want your files to be able to accept new entries and your desk to be ready to handle your next big idea.

• Consistent. The more consistent your office systems are, the more likely you will be to maintain them. Save files on your computer and in your filing cabinet using names and categorizations that makes retrieval quick and possible. Keep the learning curve low and let it reflect the way you think and work. Additionally, be consistent about putting objects away when you’re finished using them so that you will be able to find them the next time you need them.

I really need to post my workspace in Flickr! I live with an OCD person, so I had to go from very messy to very organized in order to make our place a happy place. I couldn’t stand the clutter, so I wanted to be closer to his level. We decided to make a room a home office, but we agreed we would have seperate desks and filing cabinets to be able to be happy in our own areas, but it needed to stay organized on BOTH sides.

He uses his desk alot. He just graduated from college and used it every day for his homework, he also worked from home at one point, and now he’s taking more certifications and still using his area a great deal for studying. I, however, rarely use it as we both have laptops so I sit in the living room. But I do have a filing cabinet that holds everything I need nice and organized. It’s two drawers, the top drawer holds all my most recent paperwork and important things, and the bottom holds older paperwork like pay stubs, taxes and magazine clippings of articles I really liked. I cycle through the bottom drawer every once in a while and shred alot. However, it houses things I won’t need anymore except for tax purposes or to recall an article, so I don’t mind letting it sit for a while until I have the “urge to purge.” The top drawer holds all my mortgage, insurance, tax, recent paystub information. If anything is recent or very important, it’s in there and labeled exactly what it is. I need to get a little box or something for my stapler and staple puller, but other than a pen holder and a lamp the desk is clear at all times. Oh, and I have an expandable folder with separaters that sits on top of my file cabinet that holds gift cards, receipts, insurance card duplicates, stickers I like, business cards, and anything else small.

I painted the room a very dark brown with a tint of red and we have very low lighting in there to make it more relaxing. I also have my side of the room covered in pink, blue and tan, and his is black and tan. I thrive in colorful environments, and he enjoys more subdued colors. The whole house is a mix of neutrals and bright colors to bring both of our tastes together :).

We were fortunate to plan our space when designing our house, opting to leave a closet out of a third bedroom, but what we did could be adaptable to existing space. Our den functions as an office, too. Note that “den” comes first. 🙂 When we’re at an office all day, we don’t want to see one at home, too! It’s meant to be a casual, comfortable, inviting space.

There’s a huge window on one wall and a pair of French doors on another. One wall is painted a rich grape color, the interior and French doors are medium-toned wood, and the other three walls are exposed gray bricks. The floor is polished red concrete. It’s warm and cozy room that invites you to kick your shoes off and plop onto the sofa, keeping company with whoever is doing desk work at the table.

One call has a wall-to-wall bank of bottom cabinets, with one half of it holding a cabinet-to-ceiling bookcase. Double doors all the way across the cabinet hide two drawers in most of the cupboards; one cupboard has just one drawer. The top drawer is several inches deep and the bottom drawer is tall enough for file folders. The cupboard with one drawer has a flat drawer. This drawer holds a printer/fax combination, plus all the accompanying extras like paper, disks… Another cupboard holds files, pens, stapler etc.