The home office is one of my favorite places to organize – probably because each one is so different. Some clients have an office that shares space with the guest bedroom. Other home offices are shared by the whole family, while others are only offices. Some clients only have offices for their personal papers, while others are running a small business out of their home. There is no right or wrong way to set up your home office, but here are some key questions to help you decide how to organize your home office space.
- Do I have clients that will see my office?
- Do I have enough flat space to write on?
- Do I have enough space to file papers?
- Do I have everything I need to do my work in one area?
- A computer with internet access, a printer/copy/scanner or some combination.
- Writing surface and a place to spread out what you are working on.
- The tools to help you work. Pen, pencils, paper, scissors, ruler, and a calendar.
- File space for papers. This can be a file cabinet, folders or a simple milk crate.
- Good lighting so you can see what you are working on. Just make sure there is not a glare on your computer monitor.