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We're moving my "office" into our bedroom so ds and dd can have separate bedrooms. I love the idea of an office, but the space we have really functioned as family space (kids in and out constantly, etc) so it doesn't feel worth it to dedicate a whole bedroom to that when the kids are sharing.<br><br>
Any suggestions for organization? I've gotten a storage rack from IKEA and a small table for my laptop (the big desk and the desktop computer are going into the playroom) but I'm confused about what to do with books (of which there are many.) Squeeze them into the bedroom? Move the bookshelves from ds's future bedroom into the living room? (Not a lot of room to do either.) Keep them in his room? (Not perfect for naps when I'm working...)<br><br>
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We had this set up for awhile. I had an antique jelly cupboard (sort of like a bookcase with doors) where I kept books, notebooks, computer disks, etc. You could find a small armoire for the same purpose. I'd also recommend a screen or curtain or some way to separate the sleeping and working areas.
 

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Are the books one you use all the time or ones that you just have? See if you can pare down some books, bring the most imortant ones into your bedroom, get rid of the don't have to have and store the questionable ones for a little bit, to see if you really do need them.<br><br>
What about really high shelves attached to the walls for not used often but really need/should keep books?
 

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what's the closet like?<br><br>
I'm considering moving our clothes to an armoire type storage cupboard and then putting in a shelf as a writing surface in the closet with books above.
 

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Ah! The closet! I had not thought of that.<br><br>
I'm an academic, so these are books I need to work. I could put some of them on the top shelf of the closet, though, because I don't use them all the time. And the closet shelves are a mess, so some reorganizing wouldn't hurt anyway. I could put some of ds's toys or books on the bottom shelves in his room and keep the rest of my books on the top shelves.<br><br>
I think an armoire is probably not in the budget, but another bookshelf would be, and it would be tidier than my previous situation. Tidy was a big issue in the office, and I can't get back into the habit of spreading fifty articles all over the floor for weeks at a time if I also have to sleep and get dressed in my "office" space!
 

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another academic here, although I'm a scientist so I don't use books much.<br>
but I'm married to a history phd. so we've got a lot of books.<br><br>
I was thinking I would install in my closet one of <a href="http://www.ikea.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?cattype=sub&topcategoryId=16198&categoryId=15669&parentCats=16198*16201&storeId=12&catalogId=10103&langId=-1" target="_blank">these types of shelving systems</a>. I'll just use a shelf at the right height for a desk, then a few shelves above that aren't as deep. Two file bins below and a chair -- hopefully it will fit. I love the idea of closing the door on the work to give it its own place.
 
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