Photo: Dave Lauridsen

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STEP 3: Utilize Wheeled Furniture
"Almost any piece of home office furniture is improved by wheels," Peter says, (here with Joanna, after the makeover). You can bring a file cabinet (like the one in the bottom left of the photo) out in the morning, then push it under the desk or into a closet at the end of the day.

STEP 4: Peter avoids rolltop desks or office armoires because he feels that anything that can be closed up encourages disorganization. The desk (shown on the left and right) he designed for his You.organized line for Office Max comes with three desktop accessories—instead of drawers—so people can file and organize papers while still keeping everything in view. (Desk, accessories, and ottoman, $200 for set;