More than ever families need a home office. Whether you use it for your career or just to keep up with family management responsibilities such as bills, email and mail, it is important to have an efficient work space (and the kitchen table doesn’t count). You don’t nessecarily need a designated room in your home but at least an area to keep everything you need to work in one place.
In our old house I had to use a side hall for my work space but since we built our very organized home I now have my very own office in our house…truly a dream come true. Take a look:
- I think that the ideal work space is in the shape of an “L”. This way you can keep the items you use the most frequently at your finger tips and still have space to spread out and work.
- It is crucial that I start each day on a clean desk. Not only does this give each day a fresh start it helps me to narrow in on the day’s tasks. One of my secrets for having a clutter-free desk is that little drawer to the left of my laptop. In there is my “working on” pile. All of the paper, research, etc that I am in the middle of. I place them in there at the end of my work day and they are convientely ready for the following day. You can use the same concept with a tray or a basket.
- The other key to a clean desk is keeping up the filing. I have a file drawer at my fingertips so that I can quickly file paper that is worth keeping. (only 20% of the paper we see is worth keeping!)
- Eventhough I have overhead lighting I love this lamp for evening hours when I can use a little extra light.
- Another favorite tip: I keep all of my passwords in an address book on my desk. This way they are alphabetical and I can easily find the one I need.
Of course I have my books on display in my office. Not only do I refer to them for interviews and blogging they inspire me. Each one holds a special place in my heart.
I found this adorable bullention board at Kirkland’s for $20. I am not really a bulletin board girl but it matches perfectly! I use it to post important reminder and keep track of wins for my volleyball team.
- I have one closet in my office that I had all shelves installed into. It is great for storing all of my binders, supplies and books.
- I found these magazine holders on sale at Michael’s for about $2.00. I do love a deal!
- They are great for storing magazines that I need to go through for research and for the ones I have an article in.
- I also use three-ring binders for reference papers. These are papers that I will need to go back to again and again.
- I love this box because it stores all of my messy electronics and cords. Again from Michael’s for cheap!
- I want to focus on my work and writing when I am in my office so storing items in the closet allows me to do that by not being distracted by too much clutter.
For more tips on how to organize your home office go to chapter 26 of Organize Now! Your Money, Business & Career