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Before and After: Organizing a Home Office

by respaced on November 29, 2009

I have another organizing project that I want to share with you. This couple needed help with their home office. Like many home offices, it had to serve many functions. In this case, it served as the home’s financial center as well as the library, photo/scrapbook storage center, coat closet, coupon-filing center and occasional children’s playroom. Here is the before photo:

I worked with the couple over two sessions to get the office back in tip-top shape. We sorted through all the books in the bookshelf, keeping only the ones most likely to be read again. We corralled all the photos into a couple of boxes, placed them on a shelf and came up with a plan for eventually getting them into albums. We condensed the coats down from two full closets to one halfway-full closet. Coupons were placed back in the mini accordion file and sorted by type, and the children’s toys found a new home in one of the unused coat closets. Whew! Here is the after photo:

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