Workspace of the Week: A simple study

This week’s Workspace of the Week is IJMFlickr’s home office:

The simplicity of the desk, well-organized storage, and cable management instantly caught my eye in this office. Definitely check out the additional photos in the set of the media armoire (an impressive setup) and other views of the room. I especially enjoyed the description IJMFlickr provided for why this specific desk was chosen for the room:

The worktable is relatively light and easy to move, making it simple to turn my office into a guest bedroom by moving the worktable to the side and inflating a raised air mattress.

Thank you, IJMFlickr, for submitting such an inspiring workspace 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.

25 Comments for “Workspace of the Week: A simple study”

  1. posted by IJMFlicker on

    Thanks! I’m a *huge* fan of Unclutterer, and I’m honored you chose my space for Workspace of the Week!

  2. posted by Dale Cruse on

    I always draw SO MUCH inspiration from these featured workspaces. I get mine looking great but by a week later it’s a mess again. Any tips for creating consistency? Thanks!

  3. posted by amandalee on

    I think these workspace photos are so valuable, because they demonstrate one of the key points that Unclutterer stands for: that there’s no wrong way to do it. I’ve gotten a ton of great ideas from this series, but I think it’s proof that an uncluttered workspace doesn’t have to be sterile, boring, or uniform. Kudos. 🙂

    Also, kudos, IJMFlickr…nice office. 😀

  4. posted by kbfenner on

    Awesome space.

    I’m curious, though– do you not use paper and pens at all? I love a simple table, but I need a drawer, at least, for writing implements and stickies and stamps.

  5. posted by Dawn F. on

    What a lovely space! So clean and streamlined, yet still personal and cozy. Love it!


  6. posted by IJMFlicker on

    @DaleCruse – Consistency is a constant process. I would say that I never let anything go, and constantly process and organize paper, files, projects, or whatever. Certainly, while I’m working, I may have papers and journals and boxes piled around my desk, but they all go away when I’m done. The net effect is to spread my organizing and cleaning time smoothly across the days, rather than wait and have it pile up and process everything at once at intervals. I’d like to tell you I’ve used some program to achieve this consistency, but I think the–ahem–“retentiveness” comes naturally to me.

    @kbfenner – Actually, as much as I would prefer to be paperless, I still find it the most useful medium to take notes. Typically, I’ll take notes during a conversation or a project on a pad of paper, and then promptly enter the notes by typing them into my computer or smartphone, subsequently discarding the paper. This serves two purposes: 1. it allows me to review what just transpired and assess its nature and level of importance; and 2. Helps me to keep paper clutter to an absolute minimum. Its not easy to see, but immediately behind my desk chair on the book shelves is a tin cup holding pens, pencils and scissors, and behind that an “envelope” rack where I keep a pad of paper, post-it pads, and any bills or envelopes I haven’t yet addressed. So paper and writing implements are close at hand, just out of the way and uncluttered. I keep stamps and envelopes and other stationary in the small cabinet across the room from my desk.

  7. posted by i'morganized on

    Just an AMAZING space. I LOVE IT! My only comment is that light should be coming over your left shoulder. As configured, you have natural light and artifical light both over your right shoulder. Thanks in advance for adressing this!

  8. posted by David on

    Is that desk from Room and Board? Been looking for one just like it, and they seem to have the only decent one. Great space!

  9. posted by winesteward on

    Nice wine display but I would not put decent wines up there as you have with your vertical. That should be stored in a temperature and humidity controlled environment if you ever want to drink it. Otherwise, the space is commendable.

  10. posted by IJMFlicker on

    @David – Yes, Room and Board, the Parsons Desk.

    @i’morganized – correct with respect to the desk, incorrect with respect to the recliner, where I do most of my reading.

    @winesteward – I agree, but only partially. I have a basement cellar that is naturally cool in summer and warm in winter, where I store up to 200 bottles. For prize wine possessions that must be aged for 10+ years (Napa cab, vintage port, etc) I have an additional temperature controlled unit that can store 50 bottles [its full now – guess I need to drink some! poor me…]. If you read the comment on the Flickr site, you’ll see that it is a *rotating* display. I bring wines up, display them for a period, then drink ’em. The current display has only been up for a couple of weeks, and will be served at a dinner party in a month or two, at which time new wines will be brought up and displayed. Storing young wines at room temp for a few weeks isn’t likely to cause any damage, unless the wine is already “off”.

  11. posted by Jessiejack on

    Hi IJM –love the serenity of your office. I read your info in flicker. Are you “naturally” organized (ex getting inbox to zero, putting away all papers,etc) or is this something you have to work on deliberately? I am not naturally orderly and really have to work at it so I am always fascinated when someone seems to come by this naturally!

  12. posted by Fun Shway on

    Hello IJM,
    It is a peaceful room but I am interested in whether you have achieved optimum orientation for feng shui. Can you tell us what direction the window is facing and if the office entry faces the front of your home?

  13. posted by Lilliane P on

    i’morganized said Just an AMAZING space. I LOVE IT! My only comment is that light should be coming over your left shoulder. As configured, you have natural light and artifical light both over your right shoulder. Thanks in advance for adressing this!

    Uh, not if your left handed. If he is, he’s got it correct.

  14. posted by Shalin on

    Wow…honestly, I think this is the most attractive workspace I’ve seen here. It’s just soo cozy and neat/tidy. …I may try to replicate it 😉



  15. posted by Vic Tayback on

    Hey Alice,
    You gotta ceiling fan in there?

  16. posted by klutzgrrl on

    Nice workspace.

    Interesting mention of light by i’morganized. Light is a big issue for me as an artist, and especially being a bit older (eyes not so great).

    Being left-handed I like the light on the right, of course, and I find it works better to the side than facing, as that way you don’t have glare behind the computer or in your eyes.

    I need my desk in the middle of the space to some extent – if it’s against the wall, it makes me feel a bit claustrophobic! So it’s nice to see this picture which also makes use of the room space.

    This is a lovely space. I’d love to have a recliner in my office! What a great idea for reading and thinking.

  17. posted by IJMFlicker on

    @JessieJack – see my post to @DaleCruse, above.

    @FunShway – I’m totally ignorant to Fung Shui. FWIW, the window faces South, the office door faces North, the house entry faces East. Hopefully, I’m not in violation of any tenets!

    @Shalin – Thanks!

    @Vic – Go Crossfit!

  18. posted by steve crane on

    Hiya IJM,
    My favourite workspace because it’s light,calm,inspired and a really positive environment to work,study or relax.
    All the best to you.

  19. posted by MsDasha on

    I lovelovelove this room! It is an amazing inspiration! I love that the desk is perpendicular to the wall, with the shelves behind…

  20. posted by Another Deb on

    The shelves behind the desk would be perfect for me. I am naturally distractable and if something is in my line of sight it will diffract my concentration like a mental prism.

    I do need things within reach, so the chair on wheels is a must-have at the desk.

  21. posted by Richard | on

    Wow that is a really nice workspace. Still a little too busy and unnatural for me but great non the less.

  22. posted by Vanessa on

    My heavens, I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a clean, clear desk.

  23. posted by Jill on

    This looks very nice.

  24. posted by Sloppy2nds on

    Love the office, you’re neatness and lack of clutter are truly an inspiration. Sadly, I am a messy chap, so I have much to learn from your obvious skills. May god bless you, your room, and the inspiration you give to us all.

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