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Organizing an Office That Works for You

The Normandeau family wants to take back their home office so they call in the professionals to help them declutter and organize.

Mike Normandeau isn't the only one who uses the home office. His wife, Annie, uses it for her home business as a graphic designer, and their two small children house disorganized piles of photos, office and art supplies, toys and stacks of CDs there.

This home office, which uses a variety of mismatched tables for desk space, has zero storage or organization.

Too much office equipment and not enough hidden storage makes the room appear messy and inefficient.

Every available space is crammed with piles of files, books, papers and notes.

This hutch provides the only real storage in the room, and it just isn't up to the job.

Professional organizer Vicki Norris says the couple has a bad case of surface abuse, but she has a plan to create some boundaries for a kid-free office that functions effortlessly and lets Annie get back to business.

Customized storage and a desk that runs the length of the wall will solve many of the space problems, while a fresh coat of paint, new wood flooring and new set of French doors give the room an updated look with pizzazz. Take a look at the results:

A vibrant color scheme of orange and green give the room a much-needed lift.

New French doors turn the office into a kid-free space when needed.

A new storage system now lives in the corner where the overworked hutch used to be. It provides four tiers of files to keep paperwork organized and plenty of storage for a collection of photographs.

Customized cabinets and a desk that runs the length of the wall provide plenty of work surface, enclosed storage for office equipment and room for files and organizational containers.

Makeover Information

Product from Closet Factory:

built-in office system

Products from Restoring Order:

office supplies: Action Center, Essentials Center, Project Center, Pencil Station , "Household" reference binder

Product from Lumber Liquidators:

laminate wood flooring

Products from BMC West:

French doors

Sherwin-Williams paint colors used:

Creeping Jenny
Caribbean Coral

Products from Russell and Hazel:

photo and paper boxes

Products from Esselte:

green hanging Pendaflex file folders
Pendaflex Hot Pocket file folders
Pendaflex file folders with InfoPocket

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