If you barely have room for a proper place to eat in your apartment, finding an area to spread out a home office is going to be tough. To that we say: forget conventional offices! You, dear small-space dweller, can turn your entire suite into an on-demand home office by packing up workspace essentials into a rugged tote.
We first spotted this idea on See Jane Work, where blogger Holly Bohn-Weiss shows off her embroidered L.L. Bean canvas office tote (above), a "where do I work?" solution that houses all of her office essentials.
Holly explains her dilemma on her blog:
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?
By moving the contents of a workspace into a small and portable tote, you can become an apartment nomad, working whenever and wherever there's a little bit of room.
If L.L. Bean preppy is not your style, shop around for a tote that does work for you. Find something that fits everything you'll use to work at home — like your laptop, files, pencils, paperclips — and features pockets and pouches to organize it all (scrapbook and craft totes are great for this!).
Here are a few of our favorite office tote finds:
Horizontal Freudian Slip, $45 tombihn.com
Max Mara Leather Portable Tote, $1,140 866-MaxMara for stores
Organizing Utility Tote, $25 thirtyonegifts.com
Watertight Portable File Tote with organizer, $23.99 containerstore.com
Crafter's Tote, $45 bluefig.net