As teachers, Kim and I actually do a lot of our work from home. Projects, grading, planning, etc…it all takes up a lot of space. Of course, we could leave it all in our school offices and work on it there, but really, after being there for nine hours by the time the final bell rings, we just want to be home, under some non-fluorescent lights. I’m sure most office-bound workers would agree.
In addition, I’m a techo-phile with a good number of computers, devices, and all the cords and accessories that go along with them. Our current solution for the spare parts are to throw them willy-nilly into mismatched storage boxes and baskets throughout the apartment. This isn’t such an efficient plan when it takes me half an hour to hunt down an HDMI cable because I forgot that we kept it in a box under the bed (duh…).
When we first chose this apartment, we were jazzed that we could forgo a two bedroom price, just so we could have an office, because our current one bedroom has an office nook (that doesn’t count towards the bedroom count). That was all well and good, until nearly a year later, we realized we were using it to store our desktop computer and printer. Oh yeah, and the dog’s crate.
Instead, we were grading at the dining table, the breakfast bar, the couch, and even in the bedroom. Papers and notebooks were everywhere, meanwhile the office was languishing as wasted real estate.
And when she’s in a design quandry, Kim goes straight to Pinterest and home blogs. After looking around, we realized the only way to go was up, like Sarah Ellinger’s office:
Our office is about the same depth as this one, and look at all that storage space! (We also think that Ikea chandelier makes the office look more intentional.)
The built in desk takes up half the square footage (all 30 feet of it), and there’s no where to put a big enough bookcase. So, up we go.
We want to create a rustic modern open shelving unit like this and this. The legs will sit at the back of the desk and be attached to the wall at the top. We hope that when we move to our next place (wherever that may be), this piece will easily be altered with different pipes and fittings, and maybe extra shelves, depending on the new space. Long term solutions, for the win! It’ll be my first building project, so fingers crossed I don’t somehow hack some of my own digits off.
What are your best office organization tips? Really, we need all the help we can get!