No of­fice? No prob­lem. Set up an ef­fi­cient work area in any room with clever stor­age that slips into a sliver of space.

Secrets of Getting Organized - - Contents - WRITER RE­NEE FREEMON MUL­VI­HILL

LOOK FOR UN­USED SPACE in a guest room, din­ing room, or liv­ing room that can fit a desk and just enough stor­age for sup­plies you’ll use on a daily ba­sis. “If you can fi nd an area that has 2 or 3 feet of work­ing space, you can put a desk al­most any­where,” says pro­fes­sional or­ga­nizer He­lene Segura.

HIDE THE MESS be­hind doors, if pos­si­ble. The mini offi ce in the kitchen, op­po­site, has doors that con­ceal the work zone when guests ar­rive but slide open, pocket style, when the offi ce is in use. There’s enough desk space to fit a lap­top and plan­ner, and shelves keep books and ref­er­ence ma­te­ri­als handy. KEEP FILES WITHIN REACH in a nearby bench or ot­toman out­fit­ted with stor­age sec­tions, be­low left. Guests won’t even know they’re sit­ting on your offi ce! To fit stan­dard fi le fold­ers, pur­chase an ot­toman that has an in­te­rior com­part­ment 12 inches wide, says pro­fes­sional or­ga­nizer Kathy Vines.

74 Learn how to hide file stor­age any­where in your home.

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