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Home offices need to stay as organised and tidy as possible to ensure your work doesn’t spill out into the rest of your home, and to make it easier for you to work efficiently. If your work involves a lot of physical items, be it paper, books, tools, or the produce of your work, then you’ll need efficient office storage to ensure everything is kept in order. But you don’t have to sit in a sea of plastic storage boxes to stay organised – there are various office storage accessories and pieces of furniture that pack in the storage while still staying stylish, seamless and office appropriate.

What office storage should I have in my home office?

Most people need a surface to work on and desks are the answer. If you opt for an office or computer desk then it should include extra drawers for all your desk accessories, pens and pertinent items. Bureaus will offer even more storage, with compartments, shelves and a small desk area that will often fold away when not needed.

If you need seriously organised storage for lots of files and papers, you can’t really go wrong with filing cabinets. Luckily you don’t have to stick with the stuffy grey style of offices of the past, but can instead choose from colourful and modern designs, or go really rustic or retro with industrial metal cabinets, wooden drawers or wire racks.

Bookcases and shelves are always a good idea in your home office. Even if you don’t need office storage for books, they can come in handy for storing away other important items or can be used to display items that inspire or help your work, or even what you produce for your work.

How should I arrange and style my office storage?

For small spaces it may be best to stick with one office desk, some wall shelves and perhaps one filing or storage cabinet. Over cluttered offices will do nothing to help productivity, so it’s best to keep things as simple and clean as possible. Corner desks are a great way of maximising space if you don’t have much room and you could use pinboards, pegboards or magnetic boards on the walls to free up surface space.

If you have a little bit more room to work with then you can install a larger desk, either against one wall or in the middle of the room, and use the rest of the room’s walls to house cabinets, bookcases or storage boxes. White shelves or media units will keep things fresh, tranquil and very modern, or if you like the traditional office or library feel, then wooden shelves or bookshelves filled with old books will do the trick. If you prefer industrial style, opt for scaffolding-style shelves, metal filing cabinets and a pin or pegboard.
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