12 Tips for a Clutter-Free Home Office

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April 12, 2014
The next post in our series dedicated to eradicating clutter focuses squarely on the home office, where simple storage and design solutions promise to help you dump those extra papers and think clearly.
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  Few of us are lucky enough to own a Richard Meier house overlooking a lake, but we can still learn from the home office setup, which, much like in a boat, utilizes low storage to eliminate clutter. Photo by Dean Kaufman.  Photo by: Dean KaufmanCourtesy of: © Dean Kaufman 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

    Few of us are lucky enough to own a Richard Meier house overlooking a lake, but we can still learn from the home office setup, which, much like in a boat, utilizes low storage to eliminate clutter. Photo by Dean Kaufman.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    Courtesy of: © Dean Kaufman 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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  White base, bright colors, and statement pieces: The office of a home in an old Belgian factory includes a pair of colorful lamps by Ghent-based designer Jos Devriendt of Low Tech Design. Photo by Frederik Vercruysse.  Photo by: Frederik Vercruysse

    White base, bright colors, and statement pieces: The office of a home in an old Belgian factory includes a pair of colorful lamps by Ghent-based designer Jos Devriendt of Low Tech Design. Photo by Frederik Vercruysse.

    Photo by: Frederik Vercruysse

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  Double up: The dining room of graphic designers Jeanette and Mike Abbink's Brooklyn residence doubles as a home office and includes a voluminous library, hence the entire wall dedicated to bookshelves. Here, “Ziggy Diamond” wallpaper and a surreal Erle Loran draw the eye away from the workspace. Photo by Dean Kaufman.  Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    Double up: The dining room of graphic designers Jeanette and Mike Abbink's Brooklyn residence doubles as a home office and includes a voluminous library, hence the entire wall dedicated to bookshelves. Here, “Ziggy Diamond” wallpaper and a surreal Erle Loran draw the eye away from the workspace. Photo by Dean Kaufman.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

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  Hide it: In the home office of a couple's Barcelona apartment, the home office is well used but tidy, thanks to a roll-down window shade that conceals all detritus. The wall space is reserved for current projects and favorite things. The resident calls Steelcase’s “Think” chair “a masterpiece of cradle-to-cradle design—fully recyclable and very comfortable.” The desktop is a large piece of salvaged plastic. Photo by Carmen Masia Martorell.  Photo by: Carmen Masia Martorell

    Hide it: In the home office of a couple's Barcelona apartment, the home office is well used but tidy, thanks to a roll-down window shade that conceals all detritus. The wall space is reserved for current projects and favorite things. The resident calls Steelcase’s “Think” chair “a masterpiece of cradle-to-cradle design—fully recyclable and very comfortable.” The desktop is a large piece of salvaged plastic. Photo by Carmen Masia Martorell.

    Photo by: Carmen Masia Martorell

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  Mix it up: At a home in Turin’s Basic Village, a live-work sanctuary, the terrarium-like bathroom doubles as an office. Every morning the resident, who has done away with the office setup altogether, sits in his armchair with his laptop before venturing further afield. No desk means no clutter. Photo by Jacob Langvad.  Photo by: Jacob Langvad

    Mix it up: At a home in Turin’s Basic Village, a live-work sanctuary, the terrarium-like bathroom doubles as an office. Every morning the resident, who has done away with the office setup altogether, sits in his armchair with his laptop before venturing further afield. No desk means no clutter. Photo by Jacob Langvad.

    Photo by: Jacob Langvad

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  Work both horizontally and vertically: For this shipping container home in San Francisco, the residents have taken advantage of vertical space for a napping nook, and horizontal space—in the form of a large, simple desk from Room & Board, a tiny window and lots of storage—to keep things tidy. Photo by Drew Kelly.  Photo by: Drew KellyCourtesy of: Drew Kelly

    Work both horizontally and vertically: For this shipping container home in San Francisco, the residents have taken advantage of vertical space for a napping nook, and horizontal space—in the form of a large, simple desk from Room & Board, a tiny window and lots of storage—to keep things tidy. Photo by Drew Kelly.

    Photo by: Drew Kelly

    Courtesy of: Drew Kelly

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  Let's take this outside: One resident of a Tokyo apartment building built by the Office of Ryue Nishizawa takes advantage of fair weather and does away with working inside altogether, utilizing patio space for an inspiring outdoor office. Photo by Dean Kaufman.   Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    Let's take this outside: One resident of a Tokyo apartment building built by the Office of Ryue Nishizawa takes advantage of fair weather and does away with working inside altogether, utilizing patio space for an inspiring outdoor office. Photo by Dean Kaufman.

     

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

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  Collect one thing: Typography guru Erik Spiekermann and his wife, designer Susanna Dulkinys, hate 
clutter. So in the office of their supersleek Berlin domicile, they allow their collection of cameras on the shelves, and little else. Just beneath is a bulletin board where there's a place for everything, and everything in its place. Photo by Pia Ulin.  Photo by: Pia Ulin

    Collect one thing: Typography guru Erik Spiekermann and his wife, designer Susanna Dulkinys, hate 
clutter. So in the office of their supersleek Berlin domicile, they allow their collection of cameras on the shelves, and little else. Just beneath is a bulletin board where there's a place for everything, and everything in its place. Photo by Pia Ulin.

    Photo by: Pia Ulin

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  Inbox only: Take a cue from this house in Maryland, in which the home office is dedicated to the world outside. The desk is unencumbered by drawers, and holds only a computer and an inbox. Nearby, wood cabinets and drawers hold "cold storage." Photo by James Ray Spahn.  Photo by: James Ray Spahn

    Inbox only: Take a cue from this house in Maryland, in which the home office is dedicated to the world outside. The desk is unencumbered by drawers, and holds only a computer and an inbox. Nearby, wood cabinets and drawers hold "cold storage." Photo by James Ray Spahn.

    Photo by: James Ray Spahn

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  Roll with it: In the heart of Atlanta, the office of this warehouse-like residence is front and center. To help keep order, the owner has integrated rolling file cabinets to hide files and change the office's setup as needed. Photo by Mark Steinmetz.  Photo by: Mark Steinmetz

    Roll with it: In the heart of Atlanta, the office of this warehouse-like residence is front and center. To help keep order, the owner has integrated rolling file cabinets to hide files and change the office's setup as needed. Photo by Mark Steinmetz.

    Photo by: Mark Steinmetz

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  Integrate bold pieces: For his house in Ghent, Dieter Van Everbroeck kept the office very simple, with standouts such as an industrial outdoor light fixture mounted on a black-painted steel post, an orange accent wall, and a classic, modern workspace. Storage is relegated to the closet. Photo by Hertha Hurnaus.   Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

    Integrate bold pieces: For his house in Ghent, Dieter Van Everbroeck kept the office very simple, with standouts such as an industrial outdoor light fixture mounted on a black-painted steel post, an orange accent wall, and a classic, modern workspace. Storage is relegated to the closet. Photo by Hertha Hurnaus.

     

    Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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  Make room for it: The resident of this tiny house in the Belgian forest didn't have room for a home office, so she made one in the form of a glassed-in addition with a stellar view. In such an open environment, she chooses wisely what occupies the space: a Tense table by Piergiorgio and Michele Cazzaniga and Flow chairs by Jean Marie Massaud, both for MDF Italia. Photo by Frederik Vercruysse.  Photo by: Frederik Vercruysse

    Make room for it: The resident of this tiny house in the Belgian forest didn't have room for a home office, so she made one in the form of a glassed-in addition with a stellar view. In such an open environment, she chooses wisely what occupies the space: a Tense table by Piergiorgio and Michele Cazzaniga and Flow chairs by Jean Marie Massaud, both for MDF Italia. Photo by Frederik Vercruysse.

    Photo by: Frederik Vercruysse

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