3 steps to transform your home office

3 steps to transform your home office

How does your home office make you feel? Do you have a business where you'd like to have clients in but you are embarrassed to let them see it? One of my clients said, about her cluttered, drab office, “I feel like I’m going to prison every morning.”

So, what can you do to actually fall in love with your home office? Below are three helpful steps to create the home office you desire.

1. Dedicate

Dedicate a space for your “office” even if you don’t have a spare room with a door that closes and a proper office suite of furniture. Your “office” can be as simple as a small table and chair with a file box underneath. 

Any dedicated space is better than storing your supplies in a closet and dragging them out to the kitchen table whenever you need to work. Even worse is leaving them out and not having a place to eat dinner. 

A dedicated space makes it easier to work and legitimizes and honors the work you are doing. You deserve your own space.

2. De-clutter 

De-clutter and spend a few minutes each day putting your things away and preparing for the next day. You need an uncluttered desk or table space so you can actually do work there. 

This is prime real estate, so keep only things that you use every day within arm’s reach. Store extra supplies a little farther away. For this you will need adequate storage. Be creative: a nearby closet with labeled containers or an old chest of drawers will work just fine. 

Eliminate mystery piles of paper by sorting them daily into an action file. Create and maintain a simple filing system and remember that you will only ever need 20 percent of the papers you file. 

If your file cabinet drawer sticks, you will enjoy filing even less than you already do, so fix it or get a new one. Also, think twice about bringing new stuff into your space, like networking materials.

3. Decorate 

Decorate your office. Add color and inspiring artwork. Paint is cheap and artwork can be, too. Find a large, ugly painting at a thrift shop or discount store and cover the canvas with a piece of colorful fabric (staple it on the back). Voila – art! 

Choose whatever soothing or energizing colors make you happy. Rearrange your furniture for better flow. Make sure you have enough ambient and task lighting. Add a plant. Add guest chairs (or subtract them, if it’s crowded and they’re not needed). 

Do you have a nice area rug hidden away in your garage, like a recent client of mine did? Do whatever it takes for you to feel good about your space and want to spend time there.

About this Angie’s List Expert: Hazel Thornton is the CEO at Organized for Life, providing home organization services in Albuquerque, N.M. Since 2004, Organized for Life has specialized in home and office organization, time management consulting and coaching, home staging and more. You can follow this #ALExperts contributor on Twitter @Org4Life.

As of October 21, 2013, this service provider was highly rated on Angie's List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie's List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie's List.

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