Tips for Setting Up Your Home Office

by Susan Cioffi 07/14/2019

You just moved into your new home, and you finally have room for a home office. Now it’s time to set up shop and get organized so you can maximize your productivity. Here are some pointers to get you started in home office organization. 

First, think about what you want to accomplish with your space. What will you be doing? Will you be mostly working on a computer, or working through paperwork? Do you want space for crafts, sewing, drawing, etc.? Will there be a shared family computer? Consider what you want to be able to do in your home office, as well as the furniture and supplies you will need. 


You will likely need a desk of some kind in your home office. If you’re working with a laptop and won’t need a lot of room to spread out paperwork or materials, you can look at smaller, more compact desks. If you want your desk to double as a workspace for bigger projects, consider a larger desk or even just a large table for the office.

A shelving unit will be very helpful in your home office. You’ll want space to store books, notepads, boxes, and files. Even a small shelf can do the trick, just make sure you assess what you’ll need to store so you can determine the best shelf size before you buy. 


Having a place to organize your paperwork and store pens will be a necessity in your home office. You can purchase a simple file box and files at your local office supply store. If you’re only managing personal finances and records, you will just need a small box. If you are managing personal and small business records, get two separate places to store your paperwork. Grab some little containers to save writing materials and a tray or box for storing paper in. Finally, find a basket, tray or other option for storing mail and paperwork you haven’t gone through yet, so you can make sure you don’t lose anything vital before you’ve had a chance to sort through it. 

The Little Things:

When setting up your home office space it’s easy to think of the big things, but it’s also easy to forget the little things. To keep yourself from running to the store every other day for office supplies start out by stocking your home office with a small amount of some basics. Push-pins, paperclips, stapler, staples, and staple removers. Pens, pencils, and highlighters, a ruler, tape, rubber bands, and erasers. 

Now that you have the basics you can think about the extras you want to add to your office space. Maybe a bulletin board or whiteboard, a reading chair and side table or a small bistro style table where two people can sit, or extra storage for children’s crafts and separate storage and work spaces for your small business. In a few quick steps and some small purchases, you’ll be up and running in your new home office in no time. 

When shopping around for new properties, keep an eye on those lofts, nooks, or small bedrooms that make the perfect home office, and don’t forget to tell your real estate agent what you’re looking for

About the Author

Susan Cioffi

My name is Susan Cioffi. I have been a Realtor for 15  years now. I pride myself in customer service. I have won the Diamond award for volume with my first brokerage, but also won the Customer Service award that same year, so I am very proud of that. I specialize as a Listing Agent,  Property Management, New Home Sales, Buyers, Waterfront, Rentals, Condo Conversions in the South Shore Area (Riverview, Apollo Beach, Lithia, Brandon, Gibsonton). I am active in the community and with the Riverview Chamber of Commerce. Awarded Volunteer of the year in 2007. Also giving to various charities. Each year we raise money to help homeless veterans in the area with their Christmas gift. Also give to Children's Miracle network all year with every closing I have.

Originally from Boston, we moved here over 16 years ago. It's hard to believe it's been that long. We miss family and friends but we love the Florida Lifestyle. I have been married for almost 31 years to my husband, Vin. I have two wonderful children, Vincent (29), and Christopher (23), and a dog, Bandit. Plus my first grandchild, Colton, who is 1 and 1/2.   I also have my mother that live right down the street from house, and my brothers are also close to us. We live in the great community of Lake St Charles.