Home Office in a Closet: Country Living
It is great to have a well organized home. However, my home is often overrun by paperwork — from my own stuff to kids school papers to bills. I haven’t yet got all my “new house” systems and organization in place, so I am ready to start feeling more organized. While having enough rooms in the house for everything would be nice, how do you get creative with every day storage needs when you are short on space?
I’m realizing that it was one thing to feel organized in a large home, but now that my house is about half the size of my old one, it isn’t as easy to stash things out of view as it used to be.
For most of us, we need to make the most of the space we have. In spite of our limitations, we still want our homes to be attractive, personal and inspiring. Time to get creative, so let’s look at some inspiration photos for ideas.
I love the home office in the closet above! It is so pretty and organized!
My own personal desk is actually two file cabinets with a desktop for a surface. I find that works well for me, and is definitely something you could make pretty easily. Even old ugly file cabinets can be spray painted to give them a fresh look. Another suggestion is to buy or find table legs to attach to an old door. Or, use an old table fixed up with a new paint color. Instantly personalized desks!
For storage, you can take several old file cabinets and give them new life with paint and new knobs. Instant credenza! Or, find an old dresser and give it a fun new paint job. Dressers are perfect for extra storage just about anywhere!
Frame a white board with wood to create your own custom message area to organize your thoughts, lists or calendars. I love having several bulletin boards and message centers in my own home out where I can see them.
With a little color coordination and creative storage containers, you can store all sorts of supplies right out in the open in just about any room of the house. Every room might have hidden or out-in-the open storage possibilities! You can cover storage boxes or even shoe boxes with paper to coordinate to your decor. Baskets also work well to corral papers and supplies.
Use tables with skirts or curtains to coordinate with your decor and help hide some of the clutter. Find wasted places under counters, shelves, or tables to claim some space for storage. Perfect “creative concealments!”
In small quarters, you can utilize any corner to hide some every day things! A skirted table in a dining room can hide file cabinets or shelving, and a coffee table can be topped with cushions to create both a charming seat and a place to stash supplies.