1. All walls are storage. I like the way this office-owner created a wall out of a bookcase. Any storage is helpful, plus having actual boundaries for an office space can make working from home much more pleasant.
2. Get vertical with shelving. Don't waste any space - make it all storage by adding shelves.
3. Invest in a decent wall unit. Storage really is important, so if you're going to make one big purchase, make it a unit that combines aesthetics with space.
5. Cork it up. An extension of #4, covering open spaces in cork turns walls into very usable creative space.
6. Expand outside the office walls. Though it's nice to have office walls, there's no reason why you can't turn other parts of the home into overflow storage space.
7. Put baby in the corner. (I know. I'm sorry about the bad joke.) Corner desks add extra usable workspace and make it easier to stay organized.
8. Keep those drawers clean. It's amazing how much more organized and efficient we are when we're just a little neater. Recycle or store stuff you don't need - you'll work better without those piles of paper, promise.
9. Downsize the chair. This is a simple switch, but one that makes a big difference. So many office chairs are enormous and bulky. Switch your behemoth for a smaller chair and you'll free up tons of space you didn't know you had.
10. Grab a window. If you can, give yourself a window. The natural light will keep you in better spirits - which makes working much more pleasant!
You're right, David - that is the best use of space ever!