For over a year I tried going without a designated office space in our house. It was less than ideal. I found as time went on my office supplies were stored in three different locations and I was having trouble remembering what was where. Plus my lap was not really the best location for all of the activities I use a home office for.
I'm one of those people who functions best in well organized designated activity zones. That's just the way I am. Even our RV had a tiny and organized space designated as my office. So I gave up trying to just make it work and went back to what I know works best for me.
I have this awkward corner in my living room that is ideal for setting up my office space. In fact, that is where my old office space was set up. Since we moved into the house I tried doing various things with this corner but in the end it just ended up being a catch-all for crap and an eyesore to boot. It drove me nuts.
I ordered a simple writing desk with a single drawer in the center. I found it on sale on Cyber Monday for $49 at Amazon and it was shipped for free. It is dark wood and matches our dining room table as well as the end tables in the living room.
The desk is the perfect size for my space. The drawer holds my little desk organizer, calculator, address book and stamps, etc. I have plenty of room for my laptop, a pencil organizer, stapler and tape dispenser. The shelving above the desk and everything on it are from my old home office set up. I already had the chair too.
I really enjoyed having it all set up for making and addressing my Christmas cards.
Now our awkward corner looks neat, tidy and functional. It is no longer an eyesore.