Lisa Allen writes at Back To Allen and is co-producer of the Listen To Your Mother-Kansas City. She works at home, but only has a corner in a room in which do work. Here’s how she stays productive and on task with home office organization in a limited space–her corner office.
According to Lisa, this first picture is “what I see when I’m actually sitting at my desk…even though I work from home, I make it feel like I’m “at work” and have pictures of my kids and of me and my dad on my desk. I also keep recent thank you cards/nice notes where I can see them. They make me feel good and keep me going when I get down. Also, I’m visual so the black organizer on the right–that I used when I was a paralegal and had to do a ton of typing–now holds current reminders of things I want to accomplish.”
The other picture shows “the corner that I work in. I installed shelves up to the ceiling so that I could keep everything organized. The shelf right above my chair has binders that organize current projects–my work is project-driven so I have to keep notes/info separate. I keep file folders with info that I need–Editorial Guidelines, domain info, idea files, etc–out and visible so I don’t forget I have them. I use the drawers of the file cabinet and the desk to store supplies. I also have stuff hanging….I have a year of school info and feel-good stuff on a half dry erase/half cork board. Through the year I switch things out…it’s a mix of a vision board and a memory board.”
I love that even in such a small space, Lisa has used what she has to feel like she’s in an office (the notes, the dry erase board, the picture frames) and the entire wall, to the ceiling, to maximize storage.
Do you work in a small space? What keeps you organized and on task?