If you don’t have a label maker, you should get one, especially if you have children. Sharing space with others means you need to define what is yours and what is theirs. Young children and non-work from home spouses will benefit from a clear definition of what they are and are not allowed to touch, rearrange, set their drink on top of, etc.
If you have a desk with a row of drawers, a file cabinet with empty space, or even a shelving unit that can be parceled out, make some room for others. You can label the drawers with each person's name and allow them to store the items they need in their own drawer. It is easier for everyone if each person has a space within reach of the computer where they can store the things they need quick access to, like pens, paper, or homework notebooks.
Stackable desktop bins can help everyone’s to-do list. Assigning a bin for each person to sort their mail, assignments, and urgent items is a great way to keep everyone on task when they’re working in your office. This also makes it easier to jot notes to the family or roommates and stick them in their bin, without leaving your desk area. If you’re a Post-It or whiteboard family, you will appreciate the efficiency of personal inbox bins.
Large stackable bins can be tucked into a corner of your office to store larger items that are needed less often. Every item that doesn’t need to be in the immediate area of the desk and computer should be stored in the large bins. There are inexpensive plastic bins that you can find almost anywhere or you can get a shelf with cloth drawers/bins that slide out for a fancier look.
If you have the space available in your office, purchase a small desk or a small task table and chair for work that doesn’t involve the computer. You can also create a homework area for your kids in a corner of your office. Student desks can sometimes be found at yard sales and thrift shops. Buying them new can be expensive, but finding them cheap is a serious hunting job. An inexpensive computer desk might also serve the same purpose.
If you’re on a really tight budget, consider buying stackable bins with flat tops and a table top, or even a sheet of plywood. Use the bins as the table legs. Just make sure it’s not wobbly before you allow children or accident-prone individuals to use it.