I get asked that question regularly by people who learn I work from home, and that home for me is a tiny house on wheels. The truth is it's not hard to work from anywhere (a tiny house, a coffee shop, a bed...) when your main tool of the trade is a laptop. But it's also true that I frequently need a printer, a disc drive, a back-up drive, paper, stamps, pens and all the rest.
That's where the box comes into this story. When we were planning our build, and still living in an apartment that came with a garage, I got the idea to start honing my construction skills by building furniture out of pallet wood. When I came up with the idea for table-ottoman-bench-storage cubes on wheels, I wasn't even sure they'd make the final cut when it came to furnishing our eventual house.
More than two years after we built them and a year after we moved into our house, I'm pleased to report that they get used more than anything in the house—except the bed. We sit on them when we have guests, we prop our feet up on them when watching TV, we put drinks and food on them and, yes, we store all our office supplies neatly in one.
Because it's on wheels, I can easily slide the office cube anywhere I want it. It stows away the printer, when not in use, and gives me a place to print when needed. I can pull out paper, grab my backup drive, or switch out pens in a second. It even has room for my art supplies. (I'm no artist, but I love myself a good doodle.)
So, the answer to where I usually work is: our "living room." But we never have to look at my notes or cords or paper clips because they all have a home in one of our rolling boxes. (The second box serves as the "linen closet" with our second set of sheets, bath towels, beach towels and a tablecloth or two.) On a nice day, I can even move the "office" out to the deck.