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Madeleine Design Group is a full service Interior Design firm specializing in residential projects. Their Oak St. renovation aimed to create a bright and open space with a modern West Coast aesthetic. The warmth of the walnut millwork compliments the sleek Valor fireplace adding a cozy feel for this home office. Photo Credit Provoke Studio.

The home office may seem like a place for the computer and a landing space for papers to pile up, but in reality, the home office should be a room that encourages productivity. It’s important to consider a few key aspects when organizing an office such as: What type of work will be done in the space? What are the must-have items for the room? and most importantly what do you need in the space to feel comfortable? Once you have tackled these 3 important questions, you can move on to organizing your home office.

Keep reading to find out 5 ways to create an organized home office.


  1. Consider Storage Space: One of the key things every home office needs is storage space that is versatile. No matter the size of the room, consider adding in a bookshelf or built-in storage that is easy to access and easy to organize. By providing yourself with this space you will find it easier to focus on work and the task at hand, rather than the clutter that may surround the area.
  2.  Give Paper A Home: No matter what job or task you may be working on, it can be almost guaranteed that you will have some sort of paper laying around. The key to an organized office is keeping the paper trail under control, either by creating a built-in filing system or something as simple as a desktop file folder that will keep everything in place. This will help you in the long run when you are searching for important documents as you won’t need to look far to find what you need.
  3. Encourage Comfort: While comfort may not seem important in a home office, it can be really helpful when it comes to organization and productivity. The idea is that when you are in a space that you feel comfortable in and enjoy being in, you’ll get more work done and strive to keep it looking good. Comfort for an office can be something as simple as a soft, relaxing chair or something as exquisite as a Valor Fireplace to keep you warm at all times.
  4. Add A Personal Touch: It’s important to add a personal twist to almost any room but can be especially important when it comes to an area that you’ll need to work in. By adding personal items such as favourite photos, a soothing light or even a jar of yummy treats you will find yourself more relaxed which in turn helps you produce your best work. By making this space feel personal, you will be more likely to keep it organized and it can actually help reduce clutter by picking a few of your favourite items.
  5. Create A System: Whether your home office is meant for writing, handling financing or for working from home, the entire office needs a system. This would entail planning out what comes in and out of the space and deciding how you will handle things. For example, if you deal with a lot of mail needs to be dealt with promptly, create a space so it doesn’t get forgotten and can be sent out immediately if needed. Create an office system that is tailored specifically to the work that is done within the office and customized it so you don’t have to consider much when an influx of papers or assignments arrive.
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