Smart Ways to Store Paperwork and Declutter Your Home Office
Put a stop to the sprawl of documents with these top tactics for concealing and organising
Concealed in the drawers of the day bed, paperwork can’t disturb the calm of this home office. A design like this is also perfect to introduce colour and pattern to a work space, as you can add cushions to it.
To repeat the tactic without building in, consider a filing ottoman upholstered in a smart fabric for your work space.
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This home office is part of a living room, with space for paperwork confined to the drawers of the beautiful vintage desk. In a wider alcove, a double pedestal design would boost available space for storage, but in a small home ruthlessness with surplus documents is vital.
To get the look, opt for the easy symmetry of this room, where shelves either side of the fireplace show off black-framed artwork and the Mac screen balances the television.
In this space, paperwork can share the cabinet with coffee table books on show in the glass-fronted top section. This way, there’s no suggestion of office filing, but there’s plenty of room to stash.
Painting a piece of furniture in a bold shade takes it away from office drab, too. Shop for secondhand designs, and remember that you’ll need to sand the surface and remove dust before painting.
Pesky paperwork is part of a grouping of items arranged pleasingly in this room. To achieve the same effect, you’ll need a mixture of storage for the documents and items that are purely decorative as well. Here, green is repeated to lead the eye around the selection, and the vertical lines of the box files are contrasted with horizontal piles of books. Cube-style cubbies are a great way to frame each selection of items.
In this dining room-cum-home-office, paperwork is stashed alongside the table in a filing cabinet that adds to the array of colours in the space. The cabinet sits happily alongside the classic chair designs, as it matches the metal of their frames.
Filing cabinets like this one can squeeze must-keep papers into other rooms in your home without looking like imports from your nine-to-five building if you opt for distinctly un-corporate colourways.
A contemporary take on the traditional desk, this design incorporates storage either side of the desktop for tidying away paper. The slim frame and white finish keep the office area light and airy so the large unit isn’t over-imposing.
Hard flooring is always preferable in an office area as you can move your chair more easily to get up from the desk regularly!
Need to store many years of paperwork? This office combines filing cabinets, boxes and box files in one capacious package from floor to roof level. Opting for white throughout makes the effect less imposing and the objects on the pegboard and clock break up the ranks of filing.
If you find your filing system is full to bursting, bear in mind that you can throw away documents once the required number of years has passed, even if you’re self-employed – follow HMRC guidance.
Paperwork storage does double duty in this office space, concealing the essentials and adding a bold accent shade. Here, only books are kept on show, with all documents tidied away. Orange is a sound colour choice for a home office, injecting a scheme with energy. Need a de-stressor rather than fizz? Try blue or green instead.
In this home, an area below the staircase provides a work space, with places for paperwork built in alongside the desk. It’s a strategy that helps make use of every centimetre. If you need more space than this for paperwork, make room below even the lowest part of the stairs; a mix of pull-out drawers and cupboards can be built to suit.
In an open-plan design like this one, having a clear-desk policy will pay dividends. If you’re not neat, a sliding door in a space like this might be a good call.
This home office has been efficiently fitted into a potentially awkward space, with a desktop across the corner and storage for paperwork above. The space is screened and the cabinetry for filing matches the framing for a sleek finish. The wall-mounted desktop keeps the floor area uncluttered, so the compact home office feels spacious.
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