Sometimes there just isn’t room for a home office. Other times the only place for a home office is in a remote corner of the house, so far from all the action that your kids have to call you on the phone to ask a question about their homework (maybe that’s not such a bad thing). A home office may be a necessity, but the size, location, and even contents are dependent upon your lifestyle (and budget).
My last home was tiny, but I still had a dedicated home office. Unfortunately, as my kids got older (and their fighting more intense) I decided to give up my office so that they could have their own rooms. I couldn’t get much work done anyway with all that fighting.
I wasn’t exactly sure what to do next; there wasn’t even a spare corner in the living room for a little desk. From that day forward I started wandering looking for a little area that I could claim for my own.
I didn’t mind working from the kitchen table or counter, but every night I had to shove my projects into a nearby cabinet so we could eat dinner at my “desk”. Some nights I would work from the sofa or even bed while my hubby or kids watched T.V. The main problem with this arrangement was that I didn’t have supplies nearby. I was running back-and-forth to grab a pad of paper or a pen or a staple-remover. What do you do without desk drawers let alone a desk?
I decided to create an office tote. I filled a canvas bag with office supplies in small pouches, project envelopes, and file folders. My office supplies are now organized and ready to go wherever I decide to work.
Here is the end result:
The canvas bag is from LL Bean. I even spent a few extra dollars to have the word “office” embroidered on the front.
Inside I put everything that I needed to get my work done, pencils, pens, highlighters, a stapler, clips, a pad of paper, sticky notes and even work-in-progress and bills-to-pay. I organized current projects and bills using file folders and project envelopes. I organized office supplies in pouches.
The canvas is so sturdy you can even clip notes or to-do lists to the side.
Here is what you will need:
Medium Canvas Tote from LL Bean
Project Envelopes or Thomas Paul String Folios
Semikolon File Folders
Susy Jack Clips