A Home Office That Works

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Whether you have a dedicated home office or a corner you’ve staked claim to, maintaining your home work space can be very difficult. It can easily become a dumping ground and create a huge mess. I’d like to share five problems in my own home office, ones that I’m sure some of you share, and how I solved them with a little creativity and beautiful accessories.

1. Undefined Purpose

First and foremost, a home office won’t work if you don’t clearly define not only its purpose, but what feeling you want to have while achieving that purpose. While I do the mundane tasks of paying bills and filing in this room, I also like to use this office for more personal activities. A cozy well-lit reading corner (which I share with the dog) is a great way to unwind and get some quiet time to myself after a long day.

A Home Office That Works

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I also keep my piano in this room. The adjustable office chair is versatile and makes for a comfy piano bench. I love having this in my office to take creative breaks.

A Home Office That Works

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2. Clutter!

First, pick up Marie Kondo’s book on tidying once and for all. I discussed this approach in my last blog post and I am a huge believer in her method.

After you’ve purged all your junk and have kept only what you need and love, find storage that fits your items and your space.

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Unfortunately, I don’t have a desk in my office, only a table. To deal with the resulting lack of storage, I use this great rolling bookcase. It is probably the hardest working accessory in my office and keeps me super organized.

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I have yet to find a briefcase that doesn’t flop over, and I hate the mess that occurs when all my stuff starts to fall out. Use a magazine holder to prop it up!

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3. Inadequate and/or Uninspiring Lighting

I’m a sucker for ambient lighting, but in a home office space I need to be able to see what I’m doing. However, that doesn’t mean it has to be boring! Since I do not have overhead lighting in this room, I placed four light sources throughout the room. Together they give plenty of light without being overwhelming.

A Home Office That Works

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A Home Office That Works

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The string lights are largely just a fun, decorative accent for the room, but they also can supply extra lighting. Sometimes at night, when I’m done working, I will just put these and one other lamp on, creating great mood lighting.

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4. Managing Flow

I have always struggled with managing incoming paperwork in a productive and efficient manner. I have realized that everything coming into my office has a different level of priority, and not everything needs to be dealt with immediately. My solution is this fun table top file drawer! All incoming “stuff” goes on the top, then gets filed weekly into the appropriate drawers to be dealt with in order.

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I like that I can see inside the drawers a bit so that I don’t forget there are things in there that need my attention.

5. Bland Decor

Referring back to my initial problem of “undefined purpose,” make sure that your space inspires you to achieve whatever that purpose may be! This is the most fun part about decorating your office. Find art that speaks to you, candles that make you happy or pillows that express joy. Since much of what I do in this office is creating content, this poster really caught my eye.

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Wherever your “get stuff done” space is, solving these five common problems will give you a space you actually want to be in. If you need me, I’ll be in my office – smiling.

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What do you keep in your work space that keeps you organized and inspired? Let us know in the comment section below!

Susan Jensen Smith is a web producer for Fine Gardening Magazine and a blogger at Your Home Only Better. She loves projects that solve décor problems for practical home enthusiasts and believes decorating should be fun! (Join her on PinterestInstagramFacebook and Twitter.)


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