I started my professional organization business by organizing home offices. As a direct sales consultant, I trained all of my consultants to have office hours and a home office space.
As a matter of fact, I think the fact that I don’t have a home office space makes me more organized because I can’t “keep it all!”
Here is a post from a few years ago about this…
For the last several years, this has been my office. And for a while, it WAS working… until I needed more counter space. This became abundantly clear when a number of my organizational jobs were completed at home (with some of my other organizers), all in my bedroom. That was WEIRD!
So I knew I needed to come up with a solution. For a few weeks, the idea was to move my son to the basement and for me to take over his bedroom. I really liked that idea, but after a few weeks it became apparent that wasn’t a good fit for everyone just yet. We might do it this summer or in a few years.
Our basement is finished, and ultimately I think I will land there, but I’m not ready for that either. So, I decided to go ahead and start making more of an office in my bedroom.
First, I put up this 4 foot table as a makeshift desk before I go buy one. When I was blogging a few days a week and doing the majority of the Cincinnati professional organization jobs myself, I didn’t have as much office work as I do now.
The last year or so has brought huge change to my Organize 365 business. Thousands of you are exploring the pages of my site every month. That is amazing!
And as a result, I realized that I needed to create business systems that would work and grow along with me!
Outsourcing work to employees and creating systems for your business takes a TON of time! But once you do it, it’s done, and you can continue to grow. So, to make room for all this “systematization,” I bought 3 scrapbook paper sorters.
I LOVE slash pockets and baskets, but I am plowing through tons of projects, paper, and ideas. The slash pockets were too small for each project.
I am a visual person and work on the floor surrounded by to-do piles. In order to get me up at a desk, I needed the ability to have LOTS of piles of papers.
These paper slots give me room for 12 active piles at all times. It is SO awesome! I can add printed papers, whole legal pads, binders, magazines, CDs, receipts, whatever to the piles!!
You can see I have it elevated on a step stool we weren’t using. Here are my slots from top to bottom:
- Blog Site To-Do
- Post Ideas
- Social Media
- Classes I Am Developing
- Follow Up
- Professional Organization Cincinnati
Of course, I have even MORE piles. So I added Command Hooks on the sides of the tower and bull clipped a few more projects: Taxes, a BIG blog idea, and a HUGE spreadsheet for my site.
My normal organization strategy is to touch and go through all my slash pockets every week. Well, there is NO way that is happening here! So I created 3 clipboards to keep front and center what I was doing in all those slots.
The clipboard on the left organizes all my post ideas and posting calendar. My goal is to get my blog posts scheduled one month in advance. It is really challenging me.
The middle clip board is from my current quarter goals and projects.
The final clipboard is my to-do list. I am working really hard at using electronic systems, but I am still a paper and pencil gal.
Now here is what I did a few months later to take this up a notch…
When I was on Living Dayton, I put up a picture of my home office. Shaun was shocked that I worked from a TV tray in my bedroom.
It got me thinking, why DO I do this? I have progressed through many home office organization ideas in the past 20 years.
I have worked from home since before we had kids. Originally, I had office furniture in a loft. Once my daughter was born and I had 2 kiddos under 2, I moved that furniture to the basement.
For many years, our whole basement was devoted to my scrapbooking business, and we wrote off that portion of our home as a home office deduction.
I went back to teaching during the great recession and ended my direct sales career for a brief minute.
When I started blogging, opened my professional organization business, and added direct sales back in, so much of my work was on the computer. I didn’t need the space for inventory, files, and binders like I once did.
By now, my kiddos were over 10 and used every inch of our home. My only choice was to use part of my bedroom to have peace and quiet while I made coaching calls, wrote blog posts, or made YouTube videos.
A few summers ago, I worked 80+ hours on my blog and business. I had a drive and passion to let every woman know she can be organized and can be successful in direct sales. And I still have that drive and passion! You can book a coaching call with me for help with your home based business.
That fall, my bedroom was overtaken by the massive album project I was hired to do when I made 21 albums in 15 weeks.
Yes, I could have done this in the basement or dining room, but I LOVE my bedroom. It is so cozy. My Tivo is there 🙂 and I just LOVE my bedroom.
Once I put all those tables away, I realized it was probably time to put a bigger “desk” in my room.
And however you look at it, I spend at least 30 hours on my computer a week. I needed a more permanent space.
Since I am trying to live on cash, I decided I would not buy a desk, but use what I had to make do and decide what I liked.
I have been working on this size table for 3 months and it seems to be working. Even the cat has figured out how to sit with me!
He is also happy now that the white chair is ALL his!
So I made a HUGE elaborate plan to really put my office in the bedroom, complete with a large IKEA cube system. I had it all planned out. When I floated the idea past hubby, he said, “Please don’t redneck up our bedroom.”
Bummer! I was Pinterest-deep in home office organization ideas and no where to put one.
So I stopped… something I rarely do… and thought. WHY do I need more space? WHY do I want 25 cubes? WHAT do I NEED?
Nothing, really. Many of the offices I see and hope to one day have are FILLED with stuff. Yes, it is beautiful and clean and color coordinated, but do I NEED it?
So I stepped back and thought the only thing I would WANT was a desk the same size in cherry wood.
Janet, my assistant at the time, saw one at a consignment shop, so I checked it out. It was the perfect size and the perfect price!
I thought I could add one more tall book shelf to add more cubes, but the bookshelf I have isn’t sold anymore.
So I bought the desk and came home.
How could I make this look and function better? When I really looked at how I was using the bookshelf I had, it was holding a lot of projects and things I wouldn’t even get to until summer. They did not need to be stored in my bedroom.
And having the printer so far away from my desk was not that convenient. So I emptied the shelves and wondered, could those white cubes fit inside the bookshelf?
YEP!! Oh, I have an idea!
Look at that! That looks SO much nicer! My printer is closer to my desk and everything within arm’s reach is used EVERY day!
I took the clipboards off the wall and put my Command Hooks on the furniture to the left of my desk. Many of the items that used to be ON the desk now fit in my little drawer.
Here is the final result. JUST what I need… and it looks SO much better! Sometimes LESS is more.
I hope that through this long post you’ve come to see that you can carve out a home office space anywhere. It is actually my goal in the next 1 to 2 years to have a formal office, hopefully in my son’s bedroom. But for now, I’ve moved the majority of the Organize 365 headquarters into our basement. However, I still do the majority of my work in my cozy little bedroom office.
Organization is all about making the space that you have work for your needs.
So, what about you? Where do you work in your home? Do you have a home office space?