My "Ironing Board Closet" Office

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When your home office is out in the open, you can't just hide the mess behind a closed door at the end of the day. What are you going to do with the pens, notepads, files, etc.? The little-used ironing board closet typical of my Spanish-style apartment seemed ripe for renovation. Other people have fitted them to hold spices, why couldn't I fit mine to hold office supplies?  

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Ripping out the folding ironing board was the first step.   Then I stripped off years of paint, sanded the wood smooth and painted it the same white as the rest of the room.  Now to fit the interior to hold the stuff I need to do my job every day:

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Three glass shelves were cut to fit: they hold small pads, paperclips and the other flotsam and jetsam of office life.  

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The metal shelf, that was designed to hold the iron, is perfect for a container to hold pens, rulers, and scissors.  This one, leftover from canned tomatoes, is colorful, graphic and big enough to hold a good selection of writing implements. 

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Two mini-acrylic files, held in place with mini velcro dots, hold the files I need every day.  I can take them down and set them up to use them on dining room table if need be.    

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On the door, a magnetic whiteboard helps me organize my to-do list and my weekly schedule.  It, too, is held in place by mini velcro dots — so I can take it down to write on it.      

During the day, easy access to all the things I need to do my work.  At night...well, I guess I can close the mess behind a door after all!

(Images: Abigail Stone)


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