The Clutter-Busting Piece Missing From Every Home Office

Throughout our trials and tribulations with keeping a clean home, we know there's one key piece that keeps our home office clean. So why is it missing from so many of the gorgeous office tours we see featured around the web?

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We're talking about trash cans!

That's Rebecca's Loving Living Small Home Office featured in these pics (Photoshopped to feature that cartoon-ish trash bin). But there are plenty more (Haily's "Heart Of The Home" Office, Chris' Crafty Home Office Makeover and Becke's Rural Vintage Cabin Space) guilty of missing wastebaskets in their shots.

Why?

Well, maybe they're just not included in the shot. Let's face it: Well-used trash bins are not the most beautiful thing in the word. So when the photographer shot the space, she either positioned the trash just out of frame or moved it away in the effort of "styling" the scene.

Or maybe, these offices don't have trash cans. It's possible, but unlikely.

If the space is lived-in, and the office used, even the most green-minded, "everything-is-digital" apartment dweller is going to produce a little bit of paper waste. And "filing" that waste away in an easily-accessible "circular file" is the best way to keep an office clean.

So we've got a call to action for amateur interior decorators and the photographers who shoot them: Leave the trash can in the shot!

Spaces are more beautiful when they look real. A well-decorated office is one that perfectly places all the features its owner needs to get work done—including a close-at-hand place to stash the trash.

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Taryn is a writer, maker, designer, and editor of lifestyle blog Formal Fringe. She lives in an apartment in Atlanta with her fiancé, their Boston Terrier and lots of serving dishes.

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