Workspace of the Week: Organized and adjustable

This week’s Workspace of the Week is |Andrea|’s versatile office:

I am a fan of this space for a number of reasons. First, I like the use of the Metro Shelving units that allow |Andrea| to configure the space in a multitude of ways. Second, I like how things are grouped together by purpose: books on one shelf, media on another (DVDs and such are stored in the red boxes), only things used while working are on the desktop, etc. Finally, I like how the cables have been managed so that they’re not overwhelming the work surface. Well done. Thank you, |Andrea|, for your submission to our 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.

14 Comments for “Workspace of the Week: Organized and adjustable”

  1. posted by Lindsay on

    She might have used Metro shelving, but you can buy the same shelves at Walmart for less money:

    I bought some almost ten years ago, I’ve moved three times, and they’re all still in great shape.

  2. posted by Tim on

    I need to check that Walmart sheliving out. I was going to purchase a couple large custom wire rolling shelves from Global International ($200 each), but am open to cheaper alternatives if they’re durable.

  3. posted by Lose That Girl on

    I think I may have the ultimate in uncluttered workspaces. I work from my laptop on the dining room table with a white box from Ikea by my side. All my supplies are in this box. When it’s time to pack up, in goes my thesaurus, internet stick, camera, writing agreements et al….and I cart the box and my laptop away for storage.
    Clean, no permanent reminder of an office and it can go literally anywhere!

    I know most people probably can’t have an “office in a box”, but for my job it works perfectly and I don’t have to worry about hiding away an office when people come over.

  4. posted by nicole 86 on

    @ Lose that Girl
    I would be very interested in seeing your equipment, please, do give photos to Erin.

  5. posted by David Turnbull on

    That’s quite a nice workspace. Always wonder what they look like on an average day though. This one especially lends itself to quick decluttering, but that doesn’t exactly mean it isn’t cluttered most of the time. 🙂

  6. posted by Jim on

    I bought several sets of that shelving a few years ago, and love it. Living in a pretty small apartment, one thing I use it for is a sort of equipment station on casters that I can move around as needed. An old closet door became a flip-out workbench.

    This shot is from a build log a while back, so is as I use it, not tidied up for any kind of uncluttered look 😉

    Note the extensive use of binder clips.

  7. posted by Lose That Girl on

    @ Nicole 86

    I can send pix to Erin but there’s not much to see. We do have a printer but it’s in my husband’s home office. I don’t have any paper files other than what fits in my Ikea Kassett box. Pretty simple, really.

  8. posted by Jim on

    Looking at the picture I posted, I just realized that the flip-out work surface forces me to clear it and put the tools away, keeping it more organized than is normally my nature. I’m really kind of a slob.

    It is the Walmart shelving, and I, too have had no problems with durability. It was on sale for like $89 a set when I got it.

  9. posted by Linda on

    I love to look at well organized spaces. It’s always interesting to see how different people make their spaces work for them.

  10. posted by K on

    @Lose That Girl: Where do you store your laptop and white box when you’re not losing it? Do they have a permanent storage place somewhere?

  11. posted by Erin on

    Beautiful space, but not so ergonomically friendly!!! Get that mouse and keyboard on an adjustable pull-out platform, like one from Humanscale. It’ll save your back, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, etc. in the long run! (not to mention the saved desk space)

  12. posted by Lose That Girl on

    @ K.

    I have a little nook in my bedroom where the box and my laptop (sat on top) go. Tucked away, out of traffic and only myself and my husband know that it is there.

  13. posted by Shalin on

    This is soo great. I’ve gotta use this as inspiration for my computer desk at home…

  14. posted by Andrea on

    Whilst I am a bit late to discover this, I would like to say thank you for the writeup about my work area – sadly it has changed as I needed a larger desk and I am yet to work out a nice layout for it right now. But I must say I was pleasantly surprised just then when I finally got around to checking my Flickr referrals!

    @David Turnbull – sadly it does look like a pigsty when I have gadgets and stuff all over when I am tinkering or studying!

    Thankyou unclutterer – made my night 🙂

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