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Q: This office/guest room needs serious help! Because we live in Spain, it's not like we have guests all of the time, so this room primarily functions as an office, with the ability to accomodate a guest when the need arises. My husband uses this room as his "storage" space for clothing and uniform items. He is not willing to part with the paperback books just yet, so the bookcase has to stay in the room. He also feels that we need some type of filing cabinet to house all of our documents. The futon has to stay, as it belongs to our landlord and is what we use to accomodate guests. I am looking for any possible way to declutter and bring light to this room. It feels stressful to be in there and I would love a more serene and relaxing feel, to match the rest of our apartment. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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