Rethink your office space and how it functions for you

Recently, I was on my way to a client’s home where we were finishing up the transformation of his home office. Like many of my home office clients, he had compiled a bunch of mismatched, inexpensive pieces to furnish his office space. This client is a busy man with lots of paperwork attached to the various business ventures he is involved in and he was in great need of different furniture that would make his space function better.

I was thinking to myself. Why do we do this? We spend on furniture that fills the rooms of our homes that we seldom use, like a formal living room and dining room. Typically these are spaces that we use for guests. At the same time, rooms that we spend hours in each day, hold our cast-offs. The stuff we didn’t want to get rid of, but doesn’t really work for us.

Why do we do this? What does this say about how we are treating ourselves? If you spend a lot of time in your home office each day or you live in the family room or kitchen, look at how you are “living”. If you are putting up with furniture that doesn’t work for you it is probably making your life harder and more complicated. Think about changing things around. You will immediately see and feel a difference.

Yesterday’s client now has a completely transformed office, with well-functioning furniture pieces that will make it easier for him to work. Not to mention that the space looks great and he will probably enjoy the time he spends in the space much more.

It has me thinking – maybe my home office needs a change?


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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.


  1. Janet Barclay on August 30, 2018 at 8:03 am

    Wow, you’ve hit the nail on the head! My office has two pieces of furniture that were purchased intentionally for this room, and the other four were repurposed (one was given to us by a family member who no longer needed it). It’s pretty functional for the most part, but doesn’t feel very professional!

  2. Janet Schiesl on August 30, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    Hi Janet. It’s hard to spend money on “just the office”, but I think it makes a big difference in your mindset as a professional. A lot of the furniture in my office was acquired second-hand, but it all functions well. I have enough storage and work space. I have also changed a lot of things in the space as time as gone on, so it still works for me.

  3. Olive Wagar on October 9, 2018 at 11:26 am

    I recently changed my office work space by purchasing two 6 foot tables that I placed in an L shape. One look has my printer & laptop & the day’s current work. The other is my work space with lots of room to put out books & papers as I am working & reading. Along the back are magazine holders that I use as project files for upcoming speaking engagements.
    Works great for me!!

    • Janet Schiesl on October 9, 2018 at 3:14 pm

      Olive –
      Sounds like a great set up. I love having a lot of space to spread out too, so I have a shelf made for my desk. It spans the back of the desk. I am able to put my two monitors on top and am able to slide my keyboard underneath, so I have space to write or lay other things out. I never thought of using magazine holders for current projects. I use wall pockets that are close enough to reach when I am sitting at my desk. As long as everything stays organized, then it works for you.

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