Workspace of the Week: Nook office

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Ivy_Style33’s corner office:

If I understand things correctly, Ivy_Style33 used bookshelves to create an office out of a corner of her apartment. The Ikea Expedit Bookshelf was set to the right of the desk to extend the small wall and separate the workspace from the living space. This is a fantastic idea, especially for people in open floor plan dwellings. Visitors don’t have to see everything sprawled out on your desk, and you have increased privacy when working. Additionally, Ivy_Style33 has set up the space in an extremely organized and efficient manner. This is such an inspiring addition to our Flickr pool.

Want to have your own workspace featured in Workspace of the Week? Submit a picture to the Unclutterer flickr pool. Check it out because we have a nice little community brewing there. Also, don’t forget that workspaces aren’t just desks. If you’re a cook, it’s a kitchen; if you’re a carpenter, it’s your workbench.

12 Comments for “Workspace of the Week: Nook office”

  1. posted by Anita on

    Interesting space. I appreciate the presence of plants, to liven it up a bit.

    However, I find it to be too dark and claustrophobic, but I suppose that’s a personal preference. I need a lot of (natural) light when I work (for my comfort, not due to the nature of my work), as well as more openness. Some people work better in seclusion, though (see the increasing popularity of closet workspaces), and I respect their taste, it’s just not for me.

    Also: I live in a bachelor apartment with no room separation of any kind, and I’ve never found the openness to be a problem. As long as you keep your desk neat, why the concern over visitors seeing it? 😛

  2. posted by Another Deb on

    Wow, this looks like a magazine layout! Lean and clean!

    I agree that the space looks tight, but perhaps the owner prefers it.

    I like having a way to isolate the computer area. Visitors in my home have been known to help themselves to my computer to Google something or to play games during a gathering.

  3. posted by LDH on

    Is there a correlation organization and having two monitors? My desk is chronically messy, but all the Friday features seem to ahve two monitors. If I get one, will it help me?


  4. posted by Chris on

    Love. In my old apartment, I completely fenced my desk in with bookcases to create an office area in my bedroom.

    That was one of the most wonderful working spaces I’ve ever created/used, because the physical separation helped create a super-clear headspace for work; plus, I had about ten feet of desktop space (including the tops of desk-height bookcases); the physical divide cut the room from almost one wall to the other.

    (That apartment was under 200sq ft; the living room was 6’x6′– oh, I uncluttered in there!)

  5. posted by Anita on

    @LDH — I’ve noticed that too! Lots of double/triple-monitor setups in the Flickr pool as well.

    At first I didn’t really see the point of them, but I’m becoming a convert after seeing my dad’s desk recently. He’s got a laptop (among his 6 computers… don’t ask) and, as a second monitor, a 32″ wiide-screen TV. It takes a bit of getting used to at first, but oohhhh, all that display space is addictive! I do quite a bit of photo editing, and I’m planning a major computer upgrade, including a second monitor. Just might add to the Flickr pool at that point… 😛

  6. posted by Erin Doland on

    @LDH — Multiple monitors increases your productivity. We’ve written about it a couple times:

  7. posted by Jessiejack on

    Love this set up. When I was in college, I had a desk enclosed by bookcases and the wall and I loved the enclosed, cave like feeling. It was a real getaway with minimal distraction. I have tried to recreate that feeling in my present home office by using warm “clay pot” color paint and built-in shelves. I love feeling snug at my desk.

  8. posted by Ann on

    glad to see I am not the only one who loves this. I especially like that it is a small space. I get very focused when I work and the fact that this is a distinct area just for work would assist in that. Plus, it is light and pretty with plants.

  9. posted by Lori on

    I love the chair. I keep my desk right out in the open in my living room, and it’s true that sometimes guests will use my computer simply because it’s out in the open. That really bugs me. Keeping the office area walled off with bookshelves would probably help prevent that, though.

  10. posted by chacha1 on

    It looks beautifully organized but I’m one of those who needs space and light. My serious computer projects tend to absorb me for hours at a time and if I had to look up into a dark corner I’d get irritable very fast! … If I ever get DH to help unclutter our home office I’ll post it for comments. 🙂

  11. posted by Linda on

    This is such a great use of space. I personally have my office in a large walk in closet — have to be creative in a small space.

  12. posted by WilliamB on

    For those whose guests use your computers: make it harder. Cover the computer with a cloth, or turn it off, or require a password. When they ask, say “I’m

    This is a strong yes! I also appreciate the fact that there’s stuff there. I am most efficient with stuff in my workspace[1] so workspaces without stuff aren’t useful models for me. I can see where stuff would go and still be tidy and out of the way of the living space. The only thing I’d change is to add more light, but that’s what I’d need not what Ivy_Style33 needs.

    [1] For those who are interested, here’s a mostly-complete list of what’s in my work space. A trash can, a recycling bin, a shredder, a printer, a very old photocopier (can’t use a fax machine to copy from a magazine or book), a pad or two for lists out on my desk, old calendars, all the year’s health bills because if I don’t keep VERY CLOSE WATCH on those guys they don’t reimburse me enough, a phone, vaseline, 2 sizes shipping labels, new printer paper, used-once printer paper, blue pen, red pen, thank you note pen, the stash of these pens (too expensive to buy one at a time), letter opener, highlighter, scissors, stapler, stapler remover, tape, calculator, paper clips, two sizes binder clips, business card collection (mine to hand out), credit card receipts (because banks make mistakes), work credit card receipts (required), two sets check books (legally required), passports, stash of scratch pads, envelopes, stamps, address labels (usually sent to me as part of a solicitaiton), old bill collection,[2] thank you note paper, 3 hole punch, tickle file (need the originals of class action lawsuit paperwork, for example), merchandise credit and gift cards, software manuals, contracts I’m working on, laptop, books not yet exchanged on paperback swap.

    [2] This year’s bills go into a shoebox. Around February I sort them by vendor and keep in the basement. When they’re about 10 years old I ditch all but credit card and bank bills. This is far more paper than the Unclutters suggest. It works for me and – alas – I keep having reasons to need the actual paper bill or check. Most recently, my jursidiction decided I owed money on 8 year old tax bill. I was able to prove I paid it. If I didn’t chose to get old checks back from my bank I’d be out several thousand dollars. I couldn’t’ve asked the bank because it was bought out, then that bank bought out, then that bank went belly-up.

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