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Storage - Office
With more and more people choosing to work from home, the prevalence of the home office/study has increased in recent years. Whether you have a dedicated room set aside for this purpose or a dual-purpose space, effective storage provision may be a factor worth considering.
- The desk. This (along with a comfortable chair) is perhaps the most important consideration. It’s incredibly easy to find desks with built-in storage, but it’s worth taking the time to review your options as the storage facility each model offers will vary immensely. Some come equipped with drawers, shelves, pigeon-holes and spaces for box files whilst others are a little more simplistic. You may even decide to customize something for your needs.
- Self assembly/ready assembled storage boxes. These are widely available and inexpensive. You can colour-co-ordinate and stack them as your requirements change. Labeling them helps with organization.
- Desk organizers. Often these allow for storing pens, paper-clips, post-its and rubber-bands etc. You can buy them or make your own. Along the same lines are in the in/out-trays to help you keep-up with mail.
- Wall-hanging organizers. These may prove especially useful for the small office, and many of them can be hooked over a door if you have no available wall-space. They provide a variety of different-sized ‘pockets’ and can be bought on a budget.
- Filing cabinet. Many of these are lockable and they may be a good place for you to store confidential/private files and documents.
- Shelves. Even if your desk comes with these you may decide to put up some additional free-standing ones. As well as providing further storage, this allows you to display some non-work related items, preventing the space from appearing too ‘corporate’.
- Pouffe/upholstered stool. (with in-built storage at the flip of a lid). If space in your home office/study is at a premium, this may be a good substitute for an office chair, although if you tend to spend longer periods of time in this room you may prefer a seat with a back support.
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