Home offices

As painful as it is to think about, sometimes you have to bring your work home with you. It can be hard enough concentrating on doing fun things at home; you need to make sure that you have a space where you can work in (relative) peace and quiet. Home offices are great places to get your work done while also keeping on top of household tasks as well. Whether you work completely from home or bring stuff back from the office, here are a few suggestions to help you get a handle on your work area and your workload.

Mail slots/cubbies

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Keep personal and business mail separate with a series of mail slots. The ones above are also used to store personal effects. You can designate each slot accordingly – for example, one for each family member, one for bills (yuck), and one for personal correspondance.

Printer Drawer

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Keep bulky printers and scanners off your desk and out of the way by placing them in pull out drawers. (Though make sure that they’re readily accessible when they start acting up). You can store paper and ink in the drawers below.

Separate work areas

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Create a customized space for each person in the household that’s perfectly tailored to the tasks they need to accomplish. By situating both workstations in one place you can save space while still having distinct areas for each person.

File storage

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Paperwork tends to accumulate. Keep things stored efficiently and discreetly with bench storage. Add a seating area above in case you get tired of sitting in your desk chair all day and need a change of scenery.

Message board

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When sticky notes just aren’t doing the job, you can give yourself reminders with a chalkboard or cork board background. Or just doodle while you’re on the phone.

Hidden workspace

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Photo from https://thelittlecheff.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/obsessed-with-secretary-desks/

Who doesn’t love going home at the end of a long workday? Since you’re already there, you can close up the office – literally – and turn your workspace into just another cabinet (until you have to set up shop again tomorrow).

 

See you next week!

 

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