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