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It's been estimated that 24 million American's will work from their home at least one day a week. If you're one of those people who will work out of a home office at some time or other let me help you consider a few things in regard to that office.

The most important thing about working out of your home is making sure you develop an office space for yourself. There are many possibilities for home office space. You could use a study, a spare bedroom, a bedroom of a grown child or a child in college, an unused den, or your basement.

It is important to remember to keep the room brightly lit, especially if your office is in the basement. Have your desk face a window if at all possible. A door laid sideways over a filing cabinet or two works great as a desk if your budget doesn't allow for an "official" desk.

Equip your office well. Stock your office with paper, pens, pencils, paperclips, stapler, stick notes, 3-hole punch, phone, filing system, scissors, etc. With a little fore thought you know what you will need and should go about gathering these items. If you don't have all the supplies you need, you will waste time running around the house looking for them. Buy extra's, don't carry your supplies all over the house; it's a great way to lose them. If you have children, tell them they may not use the office supplies because they are great candidates for misplacing those items. It's also a good idea to keep extra supplies like paper, ink, checks, etc. on hand so you don't run out in the middle of a project. How frustrating. And think of all the wasted time of having to run to the office supply store. When you notice you're running a little low on something, go out and buy extra's before you actually run out. Do it before you begin a job or project.

Finally, if possible, keep your computer on a separate table or desk. It gives you more room to work and makes your desk look less cluttered.

Stop by my blog next week when we'll cover setting up and working from home offices. Some good resources for this type of information are: Idiot's Guide for Getting OrganizedOrganizing Plain and Simple, and File Don't Pile.

posted on: 4/8/2008 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side

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