Photo: © Annie Schlechter
For Victoria Love Salnikoff, paperwork comes with the job. As an art consultant, the 43-year-old mother of three- who spends three days a week in her New York City office and two days working from her Millbrook, New York, home-has piles of contracts and invoices to keep on file. But she'd never actually filed them. Enter WD. In only 24 hours, we created filing systems and added office essentials to truly make the room work for her.
Since Victoria's space opens to the backyard, her kids or dog can run through at any moment. So we hauled out the clutter covering the floor, relocated it to orderly wall shelves out of the kids' path and laid down an easy-to-clean indoor-outdoor rug. A plush chair welcomes family members who want to read or do homework while Mom fires off emails. "Now it's an elegant, calm place to work amid a hectic life," she says. "I plan to keep it that way as long as possible!"
Clear the Desktop
Victoria's desk didn't have drawers, so we added a cabinet to house her most pressing paperwork. Erasable tabs on the hanging files make it easy for her to swap in new projects, then move the documents she no longer needs to the labeled storage on the shelves. Interlocking bins in the top drawer corral supplies and an external hard drive, which holds consolidated data from three laptops that Victoria had been carting from office to office.
You'll spend more time in your home office if you love the color. We used shades of blue, Victoria's favorite, to create a crisp, soothing palette. Bonus: Using a range of the same shades saves you the trouble of trying to coordinate colors.Find out how color-coding can help bring order to your home.
The hard drive of Victoria's computer was buried in cords, so we commissioned a solution from Ana White, founder of Knock-OffWood.com. A plank of wood, four caster wheels, 24 screws and less than one hour later, Victoria has a cart to hold her CPU and printer underneath the desk. An open front and back provide access to cords and disk drives. Want to assemble one for your office? Find easy instructions at WomansDay.com/Cabinet.
All photos by Annie Schlechter.
Original article appeared on WomansDay.com.
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