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Ideas for Organizing Your Home Office

Tuesday, 28 Dec 2010 11:10 AM

Work is not about nine-to-five any more. People work extended hours, they carry work home, and there are exclusive home-based jobs. In such a situation, it becomes imperative to have a little bit of space in your home set for office work.

While you look for ideas to organize your home office, first identify your specific requirements. If you are self employed or working online from your home, your home office needs will be different from those who have a regular office job.
Whether you are looking for ideas to organize your home office or your home workstation, you will need to identify a location that is free from disturbance. The five best tips to organize your home office space are:
--Find a suitable place in your house. Your work space should be neat, and tastefully decorated. Ideally, the space should be the size of an average bedroom closet, which can be kept closed when not in use. If the space is not available, a properly designed work table and shelves placed against a wall should suffice. If you expect clients, set your home office close to the front entrance and include seats for guests. If possible, use a small room to organize your home office.

--Organize your home office space efficiently. Arrange available home office furniture in an efficient manner and avoid clutter. Your choice of workstation, furniture, and systems for your home office should ensure optimum use of space. Keep your work table clean and free of clutter. Shelves should be above the table and a cabinet below on one side of the table. Space between shelves should be according to the size of articles to be stored.

--Select home office furniture to suit your space and to provide you with comfortable working conditions. Make sure your chair is comfortable to provide you with enough back support.

--Select compact and convenient office systems and supplies, especially computers and peripherals. You can take tips from the manufacturers of home office paperwork systems and home office filing systems, and tailor them to suit your purposes. Avoid bulky home office systems and unnecessary home office supplies. Go for compact combined printer, scanner, copier, and fax systems. 

--Arrange storage space for easy access to supplies, files, DVDs, CDs, etc. Estimate the space required for reference material. A home-based sales business may require a proper filing system to store paper files and CDs or DVDs.

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