12 Tips for a Clutter-Free Home Office

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April 12, 2014
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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 Kaufman. Courtesy of © Dean Kaufman 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.  This originally appeared in On the Waterfront.

    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.
    This originally appeared in On the Waterfront.
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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.   This originally appeared in Playful Family Home in Belgium.

    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.
    This originally appeared in Playful Family Home in Belgium.
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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.   This originally appeared in Creative Renovation in Brooklyn.

    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.
    This originally appeared in Creative Renovation in Brooklyn.
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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.   This originally appeared in Green Living in Barcelona.

    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.
    This originally appeared in Green Living in Barcelona.
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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.   This originally appeared in Basic Living.

    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.
    This originally appeared in Basic Living.
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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 Kelly.   This originally appeared in Modern Shipping Container Home in San Francisco.

    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.
    This originally appeared in Modern Shipping Container Home in San Francisco.
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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.   This originally appeared in Building Blocks.

    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.
    This originally appeared in Building Blocks.
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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.   This originally appeared in A Rational Approach.

    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.
    This originally appeared in A Rational Approach.
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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.   This originally appeared in Rill Architects' Retreat in the Woods.

    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.
    This originally appeared in Rill Architects' Retreat in the Woods.
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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.   This originally appeared in Mid-City Modern.

    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.
    This originally appeared in Mid-City Modern.
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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.   This originally appeared in The Tree of Ghent.

    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.
    This originally appeared in The Tree of Ghent.
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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.   This originally appeared in A Modern Glass Addition in Belgium.

    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.
    This originally appeared in A Modern Glass Addition in Belgium.
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