I’ll start off by saying that I’m a recent convert to the whole idea of a home office. I used to think that perhaps I could get by with some storage bins, office supplies, and organizational files; but I’m raising the white flag and acknowledging that I can’t. My need of a home office is also necessary for work reasons. The first few months I’m in Chicago I will be working remotely for my organization in Washington, D.C., so I’m in desperate need of a home office. I’ve been scouring the internet to find the essentials (and the not so essentials) to help me put together a list of things I need to buy to achieve an organized space. Knowing that we’ll still be living in a one-bedroom apartment, I’m making some concessions. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:
Desk/Dining Room Table
I’ve always loved the look of Parsons Dining Tables, and funny enough they look like desks (only longer). My genius idea is to buy the Parsons Dining Table from West Elm and justify the splurge by also using it as my 9-5 office! For a desk chair I’ll get by with using Ikea Harry dining chairs. Now I just need to let James know that we’re buying these things…
I say this a lot, but organizers are essential. I need shelves, cup holders, and other gadgets/tools to keep me functioning throughout the day. Because the dining table will function as our desk, I’ll need a place to keep all my office organizers. That’s what the Ikea Expedit shelf comes in to save the day. This can hold bins, file holders, and pretty much any other desk supply known to man. This will work perfectly for our limited space and will allow me to store my Habitat store items on the shelves.
Supplies (What James would call “Non-Essentials”)
I’m a sucker for anything that spices up traditional office supplies. From paper clips to clipboards, someone’s thought of it all. Any to honor their creativity, I will buy their cute stuff!
Here are some of the things I have my eye on:
There are a lot of new purchases to this list, so I’m starting to save my pennies! Which bodes the question, how did you start your home office? Was it all at once or was it gradually compiled piece-by-piece? Leave your comments below!