Creating places for storage in your home office can be difficult, especially if you have limited closet space or if a lot of the room is taken up with the actual office itself. Also, using a home office as storage can result in a room that looks cluttered and messy and detracts from your home’s design and décor more than it contributes to it. There are some things you can purchase and use, though, that will make storage not only easier to access, but also more organized and more efficient.
Use All of the Space
Instead of limiting storage to just the closet, find ways to use the unused space in your home office. If you have an empty corner, this is a great place for a corner bookshelf. If you have high ceilings, this is a great opportunity for some high shelving. Placing shelves very high on the walls leaves the lower part of the wall free for bookshelves, furniture that rests against the wall, or bulletin boards. But you still get all the extra storage available up on the high shelves. You can make sure you have easy access to this storage by keeping a small folding stepladder in your office. Simply lean it against the wall or store it in the closet and you’ll be able to reach the things you’re storing on the high shelves easily at any time. Another often unused space is the area underneath bookshelves or other furniture. To keep your office from looking cluttered, store things in printed or painted boxes that slide under the furniture. Remember to label them clearly so you always know which box you need to retrieve.
Use Small Storage Containers
While it might seem useful to have large storage containers, such as a file cabinet or large boxes, you can actually make more efficient use of your storage space by using multiple small containers. Check an office furniture supplies store for folding office boxes, which are small, have handles, and stack well. These are great for books or documents. To add design to your space, use small and attractive baskets on shelves. This will keep things organized while they still look great and it will allow you to move the baskets around on the shelves as needed. Small colorful storage boxes are also great for DVDs, CDs, or photographs and they look great when stored out in the open, making them not only functional but also an appealing part of your home office’s décor. Label them carefully with calligraphy or pretty printed labels, as this will also keep them easy to identify while making sure that the room still looks great.
A home office is a common and popular place for storage, but it can be difficult to store things without the room looking cluttered and messy. By using attractive, smaller containers and accessing storage in unused parts of the room, your home office can still be a contributing room to your house’s design scheme while it also functions as a great place for organized storage.