It’s the final week of One Room Challenge before the big reveal next week. I’m sharing some home office storage solution tips in this week’s post as well as a little sneak peek of the accent wall I’ve been working on this past week.
Just a friendly heads up – this post is a bit on the long side so make sure you’re situated somewhere comfortable before starting to read. Also, don’t forget to check out all of my previous weeks ORC posts if you haven’t already before continuing on with reading this post.
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As someone who has lived in small spaces pretty much their whole life I’m definitely an advocate for always creating enough storage solutions in any small living space. Clutter is the enemy of peace of mind and closed storage solutions are what can help keep the clutter out of sight. Oftentimes it takes some creativity to come up with additional storage when the square footage is very limited but it’s definitely possible to live comfortably even in a small space with limited built-in storage.
I’ve previously written a post about small bedroom storage solutions and you can read it here.
Get a desk with drawers or use a separate drawer unit
For home offices the obvious number one storage solution is of course desk drawers. If you have to choose between a desk with or without a drawer unit underneath you should always choose a desk with one. If you pick a desk that has only a small drawer or no drawers at all you might regret your decision later when every piece of stationary, document and other office clutter needs to find a visible place when there’s not enough drawers to hide them in.
I will say it can be difficult to find a desk with built-in drawers that looks good and isn’t super expensive. I find that often antique desks have more storage than new desks on the market but I realize that buying antique isn’t always an option. If you can’t find a desk that you like with built-in drawers you can always use a separate drawer unit for extra storage. Just make sure to measure if the unit fits underneath before purchasing or if you need to find a different spot for the unit in your home office. Ikea has many great drawer units for affordable prices in different sizes available. See a few good options linked below.
What to do with the printer?
One tricky and often not-so-pretty office item that needs a storage space is a printer. Can you just keep your printer on top of your desk, sure, but to be honest it’s kind of an eyesore. And also who wants to sacrifice a big chunk of precious desk work area to house a bulky printer?! So what should you do with the printer?
Create a printing station
If you have the space you could create a printing station in one corner of your home office. This could consist of a simple drawer unit that’s big enough to fit your printer on top. Of course this option won’t hide the printer fully out of sight but when it’s not in the centre of the room at least it won’t draw all the attention.
Hide it behind bookcase doors
Another option is to store the printer on a bookcase if it’s slim enough to fit. If you get a bookcase with doors you can even keep the printer completely hidden behind the doors. You just have to make sure to create a hole for the cords in the back of the bookcase. The Ikea Billy bookcase is great for this purpose because you can add doors to it and the backing can easily be cut for accommodating cords. You could also create a pull out shelf inside a closet for your printer to keep it out of sight.
My plan is to eventually purchase the HP Tango printer that’s both incredibly beautiful for a printer as well as very sleek in size. It will easily fit on my bookcase without looking too big or out of place. It is a bit pricy though but sometimes you just have to pay extra for beauty.
How to hide the clutter
When it comes to hiding the usual office clutter like stationary, documents and small tech items there are many creative ways to do that. But even with great storage solutions that help to keep the clutter organized it’s still important to have a regular tidying routine to get rid of items that are no longer needed.
Here’s a list of some ways that can really help dealing with office clutter:
- Get small drawer organizer bins to keep your pens and papers in order inside the drawers – you can find some affordable ones from the dollar store which means they don’t have to cost an arm and a leg
- Use visually appealing baskets and boxes to hide clutter
- Use magazine holders to store documents
- Get a monitor stand with an extra drawer for pens
- Use a rolling cart that can be stored inside a closet and moved out only when needed
- Utilize vertical wall space for storage by installing floating shelves or using a tall bookcase
Accent wall progress sneak peek
I finished my DIY accent wall this week. I used artist tape to create a line art wall mural and it actually turned out to be easier to execute than I expected. The tape is not really meant for making curvy lines but I was able to make it work. The curves are not perfect but I’m happy with the result for being a $17 DIY project. If I had chosen to use removable wallpaper instead it would have cost me over $150.
To do list:
Get rid of storage unit & old desk Move bookcase to the place of the old desk Add new double desk to the place of the old storage unit in the corner Get new chairs for the desk Add a full length mirror to the back wall to create a more spacious feel Build entryway console from old bench Create a feature wall behind entryway console table
- FINAL REVEAL
Are you new to The One Room Challenge?
The One Room Challenge is a design challenge sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens. Twice a year 20 featured designers are selected to transform a space. During the eight weeks of the challenge they share their progress with weekly updates.
For more information about The One Room Challenge you can visit the official website here.
One Room Challenge Spring 2021 Schedule
Week 1 – The plans (May 6-9)
Week 2 – Progress & challenges (May 13-16)
Week 3 – Budget & Products (May 20-23)
Week 4 – Entryway accent wall (May 27-30)
Week 5 – DIY accent wall ideas (June 3-6)
Week 6 – Small home office storage solutions (June 10-13)
Week 7 – It’s all coming together (June 17-20)
Week 8 – Final reveal (June 24-27)
See you next week for the big reveal!