QUICK & EASY SOLUTIONS: CREATE AN OFFICE ANYWHERE
No office? No problem. Set up an efficient work area in any room with clever storage that slips into a sliver of space.
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.
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