Before & After: Melissa's "Cloffice" on a Budget

Before & After: Melissa's "Cloffice" on a Budget

Tara Bellucci
Apr 17, 2012

The challenge (and fun!) of small space living is finding the best use for every inch. Even though tiny apartments are usually short on closet space, a place to stash your suitcases is less useful if what you really need is an office. Melissa put her closet to work for her — for only $130!

Melissa Massello is the Stealfinder in Chief of Shoestring Magazine, and with a title like that, you know she's looking to save a buck. Working from home started to take over the kitchen table, leaving little space for her and her husband in their 450 square foot North End rental. With the help of a professional organizer, the "cloffice" was born!

We love a good closet office at Apartment Therapy, and this one has some elements we adore. The storage ottoman-turned-file cabinet is clever, doubles as seating, and means you don't have to stare at your expense reports every day. A slim desk/sofa table is easily movable when the lease is up. Chalkboard paint covers magnetic primer, offering multiple ways to leave notes for yourself. And all for under $130!

For organizational tips, budget breakdown, and more photos, check out Shoestring Magazine.

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(Images: Casey McNamara via Shoestring Magazine)

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