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Home Office Design with Productivity in Mind

It’s a common piece of advice from effective home-based workers that you should start each day as if you were going to work in an office outside your home. (Translation: take a shower and don’t work in your pajamas.) The philosophy behind this tidbit is easy to understand.

The same axiom can apply to your home office. Is it tucked in a dark corner of the spare bedroom? Is your desk beside a bed covered in old toys? Is your filing cabinet stuffed in the closet under clothes? If your home office doesn’t feel professional and uplifting, how productive and happy can you be spending eight or more hours a day there?

Decorating your home office isn’t an art, but following some basic principles of office design can help create an organized, effective and productivity-enhancing space.

Choose a wall color that facilitates focus.

Even if your home office will be in the guest room that you just painted last year, it may be a good idea to repaint. Not only does a fresh coat of paint make a room feel energized and new, repainting gives you the opportunity to put a color on the wall that’s office-appropriate.



In an interview by Chris Bailey of the blog “A Life of Productivity,” color psychologist and author Angela Wright suggests that your home office color scheme needs to match the type of work you do because different colors create different effects. For example, Wright says, blue might be stimulating if you do a lot of mental work in your home office. Additionally, yellow could encourage creativity, and green might be soothing if your work is particularly stressful and balance is important.

Luxuriate in light.

“You are stuck in your office – albeit at home – all day, working and slaving away, staring at the same wall and some bland office furniture you got at a garage sale,” writes Herman Chan in Home Business Magazine. “Spending all those hours in the same spot, it would behoove you to splurge on one luxury piece.” Chan suggests an inspiring piece of furniture, but you can also create a luxe effect – with only a modest “splurge” – by decorating with lighting elements such as a skylight.

Add a solar-powered fresh air skylight and an energy-efficient solar-powered blind to your home office and the products, as well as the installation, can be eligible for a 30 percent federal tax credit as a green home improvement.



If your home office happens to be located in a renovated attic space, roof windows, which are very much like skylights but are in-reach, can offer natural light and fresh air plus access to the roof for debris removal, maintenance or for emergency access.

Organize with attractive storage.

If your idea of home office storage includes the cardboard boxes you used to transport files from the last job you had outside your home, it’s time to revisit your organizational plan. A cluttered, disorganized home office can cause you to misplace important documents and can make you feel overwhelmed.

As more people have begun working from home, office furniture manufacturers have branched out from the sterile-looking metal storage units ubiquitous in workplaces across the country. Today, it’s easy to find attractive storage options that fit with virtually any home office decor.



If you just can’t find a file cabinet that speaks to your soul, why not try some alternative storage options? Move that beautiful sideboard you inherited from grandma – that just never fit anywhere else in your house – into your home office and use it for filing. Not in love with any of the desk options available at your local office store? Hit an antique shop and find an antique desk or even a dining table that you adore. Remember to keep furnishings and storage solutions size-appropriate for the room so your home office doesn’t feel crowded.

Working from home offers many advantages, including the opportunity to decorate your home office the way you want. By following some basic steps and incorporating your own personality, you can create a home office where you’ll be productive and happy throughout the work day.

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2015. All rights reserved.

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How to Maximize Space in Every Room

pinterest.comCurrent trending of lifestyles, whether it may be empty-nesters, first time home buyers or the economy, have left people with smaller spaces. There are several ways that you can maximize storage just by thinking ahead and taking steps to stay organized.

Designate a spot

hgtv.comA crucial rule to always follow when trying to conserve space is to give every item its own location. Yes, this may seem like an effortless task; however, how many of your measuring cups or hair products are the exact way you had them when they were first organized? Take the extra time to conserve organization by storing them correctly, and you will be surprised how much time you will actually save when it comes to locating them.

Most frequent in the front

Arrange items by how often you use them by simply placing the items that are used most in the front. This will save time because you will know exactly where to find them without the hassle of digging to the back of the cabinet.

shelvesSliding shelves are super

To get the most out of your cabinets, use sliding shelves. Not only does this eliminate having to kneel and stretch to the back of the cabinet to reach that cake pan that fell behind everything else, but it gives you access to use every inch of space because with a simple pull, everything is brought to you.

Remain or remove

Everyone has those items that have not been touched in years and are the best dust collectors. It is time to decide what remains and what needs to be removed. This is often associated with closet clean outs, but every room can use an annual clean out. Clutter and lack of organization result from an excess of objects. This simple clean out will make a huge difference in maximizing space.

More Organizing Tips

Before leaving a room, take 30-60 seconds to pick up items that are out of place. This little bit of time will make a huge difference.

  • Arrange objects creatively. Maximize space even if it means hanging hooks on cabinet drawers to hang pot holders or utensils.
  • Labels can be your best friend. Be innovative and use them outside of the office. They are perfect for locating items in the pantry, closet, laundry room and more.
  • Put a weekly pantry and refrigerator cleanout on your to-do list. This gives you time to throw out the old items and empty containers to make clutter-free room for new groceries.
  • Be socially responsible and recycle. Keep a few bins around to recycle your cans, plastic and paper. This is such an easy way to teach children responsibility while keeping the earth clean.
Tools to Help

The advances in technology have allowed products to be made that make life a little easier on you. Cooking and many other activities, a lot of times, leave you with your hands messy or full. Features like touch to lift, touch to light, touch to open and touch to close provide the solution to this mainstream problem in any room.


The right amount of lighting complements cabinets to show the true beauty of the wood while also providing the function to make things easier to see. This alone can save space because it gives you access to locate items in all areas of the cabinetry. When paired with organizational solutions, you are guaranteed to get the most out of your space.


A wonderful way to be a creative organizer is by putting accessories to use. These can range from those that are built into cabinets or even a few strategically placed bins to keep everything together. This is especially great for drawers, making them easier to clean out.

Source: Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2015. All rights reserved.

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20 Life Hacks for a Clutter-Free Home

By Courtney Soinski

There are countless places in your home that can be used for extra storage, and you probably don’t even know they’re right under your nose! By taking advantage of these areas, you can make it easier on yourself when it comes to organizing the spaces in your house and even hiding items that you’re not currently using.

Here are some great ways to utilize extra storage in your home:


magazine file1. Magazine file for additional cabinet storage.

By using a simple magazine file, you can create extra storage right inside your kitchen cabinet. This can be used to store things like aluminum foil, plastic wrap or plastic bags.


spices2. Easy Spice Storage

Here is an awesome way to store your spices – all you have to do is put a magnet strip underneath your kitchen cabinets.


3. Pants Hangers

A super simple way to keep your closet organized is by using shower hooks to hang up your jeans or any other pants with belt loops.


produce rack
4. Shower Caddy Produce Rack

Now that’s an unconventional way to store produce! Use a shower caddy to create extra storage in your kitchen.


suitcase storage
5. Suitcase Storage

Are suitcases taking up too much space in your closet? Get them out of the way by hanging them on hooks.


6. Crown Molding Shoe Rack

Applying an adhesive strip to crown molding makes the perfect shoe rack!


7. Towel Shelves

Use baskets as shelves for a creative way to store your towels, and it gives you more room under your sink!


wrappingpaper8. Wrapping Paper Racks

Especially during the holidays, these racks make it super easy to keep your wrapping paper organized.


trashbags9. Trash Bag Dispenser

Tissue boxes aren’t just for tissues! You’ll keep your trash bags easily accessible and organized.


bread10. Bread Shelf

Keep your bread from getting smashed by using this nifty under-shelf basket in your pantry.


scarves11. Scarf Hangers

Place shower rings onto a hanger for an easy and hassle-free way to store and organize scarves.


12. School Supply Organizer

Use a closet shoe organizer to store your kid’s school supplies.


13. Utensil Drawer

This is a great way to keep your kitchen utensils and silverware organized. You’ll never be looking for another spatula!


hairties14. Hair Tie Holder

Never lose another hair tie! Keep them on a key ring so they’ll always be in easy reach.


15. Basket Shelves

Baskets make the best shelves and are great for organizing, whether it’s clothes, laundry, socks, or whatever you want!


16. Pan Sorter

Easily organize your pans by putting these dividers in your kitchen drawers.


powercords17. Power Cord Holder

Use empty toilet paper rolls to organize and store your power cords.


18. Soup Organizer

Store your soup cans in an empty soda box! You’ll keep them organized and easily accessible.


bananas19. Banana Hanger

Get those bananas out of the way and off the counter by placing a simple hook to hang them on. The more counter space, the better!


20. Tupperware Organizer

Tupperware containers and lids are probably some of the hardest things to keep organized. For a great solution, use CD wire racks to keep them sorted.


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