My last home office was...how should I say it...ideal. It was bright, spacious, and organized. I loved the heck out of it, and wish that I could have worked from home more instead of using it just on weekends and holidays. Now that I am using the home office everyday, I'm trying to incorporate what I loved about my last space to create a neat and productive space here.
Daily home office, book storage, craft storage, board game storage.
As little as possible (I'm not a strict budgeter). We definitely need a bookshelf, something cheap and sturdy with lots of storage capacity. The built-ins did the trick in our last place, and we left the small bookshelves in the office—one was a Target shelf that used to be full height (broke in half during a previous move) and the other I bought specifically to fit under the long windows and wouldn't have fit well elsewhere.
My new office space is at the far end of our living area, right up against the window. Since our living area is just one long rectangle, you get a straight shot to my desk from the front door. Our new apartment has some of the same charm of the old place. High ceilings, large windows, wood floors. Here's what it looks like now (pardon the boxes of books...see why we need a bookshelf?).
- Glass jars for pencils, highlighters, odds and ends. I just use empty ones left over from the food we buy (bonus if they have pretty clear stickers instead of paper ones).
- Ikea Kassett DVD boxes for craft storage.
- Ikea Kassett magazine boxes for paper and fabric storage. ($9.99 for two; I'll get four, so $20)
- Mid-back fabric office chair. Purchased in 2007.
- Ikea Expedit 4x4 bookshelf. ($129 new, but I'm keeping an eye on Craigslist, too)
- Ikea Fredrik desk. I also have the two-drawer attachment (which has since been discontinued). Purchased in 2004.
- Office art from my old cubicle (this print from kirstypaterson).
- Haitian steel drum bird piece I picked up on South Congress in Austin. ($24)
- A custom Coco and Louie 16-month wall calendar from sweetmusingspaperie. ($20)
I know that a $200 room isn't in everyone's budget, but considering that the price includes a large furniture piece, I don't think we did all that badly. We also have a two-drawer filing cabinet and wireless printer that will fit in somewhere (likely with the printer on top of the cabinet).
Ikea was out of the birch Expedit when we tried it this past weekend, so the execution of this plan is on hold for now. But no fear...you'll get pics when it's all done, hopefully in the next week or two.
What storage do you find to be the most essential in your office space? Bookshelves, boxes, baskets?