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Since we are about half way into tax season, many people tend to refocus their attention on their workspace where they pay bills, run a home-based business or correspond with friends and family.

For this reason, I thought it appropriate to provide some tips you can use to create an organized and inviting workspace. After all, who wants to work in a space that is cluttered and, therefore, uninviting?

Whether you're sitting at the kitchen table writing out bills, working at your desk in the home office, or writing a note to a friend on the computer, a pleasant, organized environment will allow for both productivity and creativity. Focus on the following suggestions and you will find that the productivity and creativity will become established.

1. Eliminate the chaos. If you have a disorganized work area, it will reduce the physical space needed for productivity, block your creativity, and increase the chances that you'll lose something which will dramatically increase your stress level. (No one needs more stress.) So, clear the clutter. Provide yourself with plenty of empty space. Keep a wastepaper basket near your workspace to encourage daily decluttering and clean-up. Don't overload the space with nicknacks and picture frames. Only keep those few inspirational pieces that you enjoy seeing in view, but out of the way.

2. Stock your workspace for its main functions. Determine what you need to use in the space and plan around that purpose. If you use a desk at home to write out bills, make sure you have a few pens, a calculator, some postage stamps, envelopes, address labels and other necessary supplies right in, or near, that work area. This will help make the task much quicker and easier. Your filing system should be close by as well.

3. Use those organizing tools. Using appropriate sized baskets, stackable trays, letter trays, pencil holders, paper clip containers, file folders and other organizing tools can help you get your workspace organized. Before buying any of these tools though, be sure to take the time to think about why you need that tool and if the tool you're thinking about is the best one for the job. For example, a decorative container on your shelf might hold all of your office supplies, but a drawer organizer can allow you to put more like items together for easier access.

4. Think ergonomics. If you feel physically uncomfortable in your workspace, you will not be able to focus and will therefore be less productive and creative. Do you suffer from eye strain? Do your muscles ache from constantly stretching to reach something? Do your wrists hurt from them being on a wrong angle for too long? Does your back hurt because your chair is not comfortable? Then, it's time for you to re-think and rearrange your physical workspace for health and comfort. Make sure there is sufficient lighting conditions. If not, you should consider adding some overhead track lighting or additional lamps that provide good task lighting. If your chair is not right for you, perhaps the seat should be raised or lowered. If your wrist hurts from using the computer mouse, get yourself a mouse pad with cushioning. Lastly, make sure your computer monitor is positioned correctly, either at or below, eye level, at a comfortable distance.

5. Put stuff away at the end of the day. This is very important! When you're done using your workspace for the day, put everything back in its place. Don't leave this area in chaos. This way, the next time you return, you'll have an inviting space that will allow you to get down to work without delay. Who wants to start working in a chaotic and cluttered environment?

If you follow these simple tips, you will find that you will have an organized and inviting workspace in which to work.

posted on: 10/29/2010 8:30:00 AM by Audrey Cupo
category: Family

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by Jerimiah on 7/16/2012 5:42:25 PM:

I love an open desk like yours with a few wicker baektss (yes, you can get dark, manly looking ones) or even photo-boxes. Check Office Max and stores like it, and see if you can't find a set. These often solve a storage solution while adding dimension and texture to an otherwise flat desk space.Back-up CD's and items you don't use often could be kept neatly in boxes in a closet or drawer somewhere. No need to have them on the desk. I love black on dark wood. I think your sense of color and decor is clean and modern. Some boxes, or even a leather-look organization set will help tidy things up. Keep the tiered organizer! Love those!

by Audrey Cupo on 7/16/2012 9:09:09 PM:

When I organize for men, I love to work with dark wood and black accessories. Very dramatic. Some however still prefer the lighter woods. All depends on the lighting in the room and the amount of space we have to work with. Love using canvas totes and photo boxes as well. They have multiple uses. I like to "think outside the box" so to speak! Thanks for your feedback Jeremiah.

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