To Organize Your Home Office For Maximum Success
Place. Choose a space in your home that will be comfortable
and free from distractions. You may not need an entire room.
The empty space under a stairwell, a walk-in closet, or a large
table hidden from view by a screen at the end of your living
room often work well.
Desk-a-pade. Find a desk that fits your body and is
comfortable for you. This can be anything from a door placed on
top of two filing cabinets, to an office armoire with doors, to
your grandmother's antique library table. Likewise, make sure
your chair is also comfortable.
Clutter. Use creative containers to store your supplies.
Colorful photo boxes with lids work well as a "brain box" to
hold the creative ideas you've written on scraps of paper,
pretty planters work to hold pens and pencils, and wicker
baskets can house books and larger office supplies.
Phone-a-Thon. Set up an office line specifically for your
business. Purchase a spiral bound phone message pad with
carbons from the office supply store to record your phone
messages and numbers. Don't rely on your answering machine to
store your messages.
Detail. Check e-mail only three times per day. Delete
unwanted e-mails immediately. Keep your replies brief
and use computer file folders to save reference e-mails you may
Don't Pile. Set up action file folders for all work in
progress, and label them TO DO, TO READ, TO CALL etc. Sort
reference papers and materials by category and file
alphabetically in labeled file folders placed in filing cabinet
drawers. Create a list/index on your computer of every file
folder and update the list as you add or delete files to the
Call. Process incoming mail immediately. Open and toss
extraneous material. Sort and put the rest in your action file
folders. Act on the papers in the file folders every day, or at
the least, every other day to avoid not taking action
Nook. If your space is small and you need shelving for
reference books, place the shelving all the way up to the
ceiling. Be sure to secure it to the wall well to avoid injury.
be Light. Install adequate ceiling and/or desk lighting to
avoid eyestrain and create a pleasant glow.
Business of Bliss. Paint your home office space your
favorite color and surround yourself with things you love.
Fresh flowers, your children's pictures, business awards, and
beautiful art go along way towards creating your very own "bliss
© 2007 Kathryn Bechen Ink.
Bechen is a published freelance writer who specializes in
writing for the home & garden, interior design/decorating, and
professional organizing industries. Her work has been featured in
newspapers, newsletters, magazines, and widely across the internet.
She is also the author of e-books on decorating and organizing. For
more information, and to receive her free article: It's Wise to
Containerize: 11 Clever Tips to Organize Your Home, visit
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