Tips: Organize Your Home Office
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Whether you have a home-based business, telecommute or run a busy household, a key to efficiency and productivity is a well-organized office.
Make your work/life details a snap with these tips to get your home office organized. Ready. Set. Go.
Create a designated work area. Experts at HGTV explain that home offices should have a clear work area with specific space for computer equipment, printers, reference materials, office supplies and paper. Whether in a kitchen cubby or a more spacious affair, keep items that you use often, such as a telephone and computer keyboard, within easy reach.
Let there be light. Lighting can transform a room. Plus, it contributes to productivity and a good mood. Keep your home office lighting uniform and moderately bright. Depending on your space, you may want to look at overhead lighting and floor or desk lamps.
Invest in adequate furniture. Select furniture that suits your needs and space. For smaller areas, ditch a clunky desk and choose a more diminutive model or use shelving instead. According to The Container Store, a good, supportive chair is just as important as a well-organized office. A solid, well-made chair helps reduce fatigue and increase productivity. Choose one with wheels to save time with increased mobility.
Maximize storage. You don’t have to sacrifice style for storage, explains the design team at The Pottery Barn. They recommend combining different pieces (stacking furniture or baskets) to create media centers, resource shelves or other home office spaces. If your office is not blessed with expansive cabinets, consider modular components or simple shelving, which allow you to design customized storage with the architectural presence of built-ins.
Make it yours. Add a little character to your office. Frame your children’s artwork or botanical prints from wall calendars. Transform unique and inexpensive flea market or garage sale finds, such as bookcases, shelves and tables, with a fresh coat of paint. Or, have some fun with fabric. Cover a cushion for your office chair.
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