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6 Steps to an Organized Home Office

Created on May 16, 2013

Whether designed to support working from home or simply to manage a household, home offices are growing in popularity. Tax season will be here before you know it, so now is the perfect time to revamp this important work area. 

It doesn’t matter if you have a small space in the kitchen or an entire room dedicated as a home office, what’s important is that the space fits your personal needs and style. With a little preparation and planning, it’s easy to create a home office that works best for you. 

When designing an efficient home office, keep the following tips in mind:

  1. Select a work surface. Choose a work surface that makes you feel comfortable and flows well for the type of work to be accomplished. For example, if you plan to use this space as a family command center, a small space in the kitchen is best. Or, if you work from home, choose an extra bedroom away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the house.
  2. Get vertical. Vertical space frees up valuable floor space. Shelves above a desk hold binders, books, and office supplies while allowing you to keep these items off your work surface. 
  3. A comfy place to sit. A properly designed, ergonomic desk chair is an important ingredient in a productive office. Prolonged sitting in a good chair will positively impact posture, reduce fatigue and increase circulation.
  4. Light it up. Effective lighting is essential and should be a combination of ambient lighting that casts light over the entire room, and task lighting for reading and working at your desk.
  5. Storage or display. Bookshelves are a great addition to any home office.  Adjustable shelves allow for storage of large and small items. Organized Living freedomRail has many unique bookshelf configurations for storing just about anything. Choosing a design is quick and easy, click here to get started. 
  6. Personal touch. From contemporary to traditional, home offices are evolving into stylish and efficient spaces that can be stimulating while enhancing work performance. Add a personal touch to your workspace with items such as photos, artwork and storage boxes to make the space your own.  

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