My Small Yet Functional and Organized Home Office

Last fall I painted and reorganized my home office to make it work better for me. I haven’t had a chance to share this updated space with you yet so today’s the day. My office has gone through quite a few different configurations over the past 10 years and so far this new one seems to really be working out for me. I hope you like taking a look at my organized home office. But first let’s take a look at what it looked like before.

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This is what my office space looked like 10 years ago when we first moved into this house. More details can be found on this post HERE.

home office before

home office before

Then a few years later it got a little upgrade with a new chair and paper organization. You can read more about this command center HERE.

home office before

And below is what it looks like now. We painted the walls Benjamin Moore Gray Owl. It doesn’t look too different from the previous color in these pictures but it definitely has more of a grey hue now rather than a peachy/pink. And it just feels so clean and fresh.

My Organized Home Office

My Organized Home Office

The layout with the desk right near the door may seem strange to some of you. At least it did to my family! They feel like they are coming into a receptionist’s office whenever they come talk to me while I’m working. I ask them if they’d like to make an appointment, ha! But there are a couple of reasons I put it there.

First, I like my desk to face the door so my crazy teenager can’t creep up behind me to scare me. If you have teens you know what I’m talking about! Second, right outside my office window is the neighbor’s house and their dining room window. I don’t want to see them while I’m working and I don’t want them seeing me (I like to keep the curtains open for light). The position of my desk right where it is now keeps that from happening. Always do what works best for YOU.

It’s not a large room and I also have quite a large Armoire in there taking up space. Letting go of this big storage Armoire, that doubles as a gift closet, is not an option though. It’s just so super functional and that’s what matters most to me. Here’s a peek inside. You’ll also notice that none of the furniture really matches and it’s all ages old too. The Armoire is over 25 years old, the desk is about 15 years old and the white bookcase is at least 10 years old. And it all works perfectly fine to help keep my life in order. Thank goodness for that. I’m very grateful to have a home office to call my own.

My Organized Home Office

 

My Organized Home Office

This white bookcase keeps my camera equipment tucked away in the brown baskets. You’ll find some of my favorite organizing magazines above that along with some of my favorite organizing books in the wire basket on top. Containing items in bins keeps like items together and prevents them from spreading out all over the place.

My Organized Home Office

I got the ORGANIZE bin from Winners. It holds, in small zippered labelled bags, various charging cords.

My Organized Home Office

You can see my sweet Pixie girl there beside my desk. This Raskog cart, that I lovingly call Pixie, is so helpful for giving me a little extra storage space for my desk necessities. This is essential for keeping my desk less cluttered which in turn makes me more productive. Plus I can easily move Pixie around if I want to work in other areas of the house.

My Organized Home Office

My planners sit at the ready on Pixie’s top shelf 🙂

My Organized Home Office

I love me a Sharpie!

My Organized Home Office - pens

This table on the back wall I purchased second hand off FB Marketplace many years ago. I call it my “conference table”. It folds up for more table space and has two stools underneath if needed. I usually just keep the table folded out as it acts as my working table for ongoing projects.

My Organized Home Office

The shelf on the wall is new from Winners. This adorable flower pen in a pot was a gift from my middle son that he purchased off Etsy. I keep it in my Pioneer Woman bowl because why not? Isn’t it cute?!

My Organized Home Office

And of course I had to put my own book, Clutter Rehab (affiliate link), on display. Can you believe it’s been 10 years since I wrote it? Wow how time flies! Who thinks I should write another?

My Organized Home Office - less is more

Finally on the window wall I put two very inexpensive metal shelves side by side to provide all kinds of storage. From receipt storage to baskets of notebooks and extra school supplies, it all fits here and is within my arms reach which is lovely. I also have my shredder tucked to the side of the shelves and my printer right behind my desk. The file holder on the top right holds my working files for tax information, business expenses and blog information.

My Organized Home Office

I love using a clear canister from Walmart for my Washi tape storage.

My Organized Home Office

My Organized Home Office

My Organized Home Office

In this picture you’ll get a glimpse of the closet in the corner. I blogged all about the organization of this closet HERE if you are interested.

My Organized Home Office

It still looks the same!

My Organized Home Office - closet

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So as you can see I pack in a lot of storage into this small organized home office. I know not everyone will have a dedicated home office space to use but I hope you can take a few ideas away from this post to maybe carve out a nook or closet for your own. If you would like me to expand on any individual area as to what I’ve got stored there, just let me know in the comments. I didn’t want to make this post too long and I wasn’t sure if the interest would be there.

Remember to take some time to organize this weekend!

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14 Responses to My Small Yet Functional and Organized Home Office

  1. 1
    Tami says

    Your office looks great! I love that you show your real office and not everything has to match. Sometimes I think everything must be new and coordinate for it to look good. You proved me wrong. Great post!

    • 1.1
      Laura Wittmann says

      Yay! Thanks Tami! Do the best with what you have and can afford. Function first I always say!

  2. 2
    Kim says

    I have a mess of Bible study supplies that are generally thrown all over the counter. But after seeing your favorite organizing books in a bin, I have a solution! Thanks for sharing

    • 2.1
      Laura Wittmann says

      Yay, yes contain, contain, contain!! It definitely makes a world of difference 🙂

  3. 3
    Michelle McCord says

    I loved seeing all your ideas & it came just at the perfect time for me. I recently started a new job working from home. I’ve been trying the best way to set up everything. I am currently using our dining room. Our extra room is my sewing room, prioritizes for staying calm with everything that happens during the day!! Thank you for your inspiration to keep me organized in my daily life.

    • 3.1
      Laura Wittmann says

      You’re very welcome Michelle! Congrats on the new job 🙂

  4. 4
    Linda K Newell says

    I love what you’ve done, it’s bright and organized.
    I have a very small office, about the size of a walk-in closet. You gave me some great ideas, especially for books, I have alot.
    Thanks
    Linda
    Linda

  5. 5
    MelanieL says

    What a happy space to work in and I crack up that you ask your family if they’d like to make an appointment, ha ha!! I love everything you’ve done in the room and it packs a ton of storage and organization! Have a great week! 🙂

    • 5.1
      Laura Wittmann says

      Thank you so much! My family doesn’t really think I’m funny so I’m glad someone does lol!

  6. 6
    Marcia (OrganisingQueen) says

    I get a kick out of the fact that you and I have two pieces that are exactly the same – except mine are painted green 🙂

    • 6.1
      Laura Wittmann says

      I’ve thought about painting mine but I’m too lazy for such things lol.

  7. 7
    Claire says

    I love the metal basket you keep your books in. Where did you get it? I’ve been looking for something like that.

    • 7.1
      Laura Wittmann says

      I got it from the Dollar Store! (Dollarama here in Canada)

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