I’m so excited to be kicking off 2014 with a home office renovation project for a new client! As someone who spent 5 years working day in and day out in my home office I value the importance of creating and maintaining a space that is functional, inviting, inspiring and calming.

Clutter produces feelings of anxiety, plain and simple.

Minimizing piles of paper and post-it notes is a start, but let’s take it a step further.  When you are designing your home office space, consider these following tips to help keep your space organized:

1. Let your desk double as storage.  Instead of having a separate filing cabinet, consider a desk with built-in storage. Many places like Ballard Designs offer options where you can customize your workspace to suit your needs. Utilizing the desk base with filing and drawer storage allows you to free up valuable space  that was otherwise occupied.

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2. Select “like” products to create a streamlined look.  One of my favorite product lines is the BASICS collection from seejanework.com.  It has the perfect combination of function and style to create a calm and inviting workspace. Whether you are looking for a place to store magazines, papers or general office supplies, the BASICS collection has what you need.

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3.  Go vertical! Wall space is one of first areas that gets overlooked for functional space. You never seem to have enough desk space, right? I love these Vintage Wall Bins from seejanework.com.  Use the top one as a “to do” and the bottom one as “to file” or dedicate a bin for each family member, or clients…the possibilities are endless!

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Regardless of whether you use your office for work or as the command center for your home, designing a space that you want to spend time in is important. Create a space that is both functional and stylish.   An uncluttered space allows you the freedom to accomplish what you need in an environment where you want to spend time.

Happy Organizing!