So, you’ve finally done it; you’ve landed a great job and they don’t want you to come into the office, actually you’re encouraged to stay home and work from your home office. You are on your way to getting paid to work in your pjs and you can take your lunch break whenever you want. You might have to take a shower for the occasional Skype meeting, but now you can set up your office however you want and make it as large or small as you like. If you don’t have a home office yet, or if you feel like you need some tips on how to organize the space you have already, the time is now. Make your work-from-home experience in 2013 a more organized and productive space, and accomplish all of the goals that you have set for this year.
Repurpose and Recycle
SavvySugar.com, a home decorating site, offers some great ideas on how to create your own shelving out of things that you already have around the house or might have tossed into the recycling. Rather than spend a lot of money on cardboard file organizers, and plastic file dividers, why not reuse your coffee cans, glass jars or shoe boxes? Having a place for everything is the point, not how much money was spent on the vessel you choose to hold your binder clips.
Hop on the Cloud
Since you will be working from home, you are most certainly going to need a cloud-based solution to save your work remotely and share documents easily with your co-workers, who also might be working from a remote location. A cloud-based online backup at Mozy.com or another in-house backup solution will also allow you to safely backup your work from anywhere at anytime.
RealSimple.com believes shelving is a brilliant solution for a home office that is lacking in desk space. Any empty wall space can hold stable shelves that are easy to install and will barely take any time to install.
Traveling Home Office
Sometimes you have to think creatively to come up with the home office solution that will work for you. RealSimple.com recommends college students and work at home types that are in between homes should create an office that can be easily moved and will not take up too much space. One solution is to create your office inside of an armoire. Even if you intend on living in the same place for several years, you can open the office up when you need to use it, and shut the doors to the armoire when you need to create more living space in your home.
Paint a Chalkboard Calendar
This last suggestion, coming from SavvySugar.com, might seem a little extreme, but for the daring creative types painting a large calendar on your wall might be the ticket to your organizational success. Rather than waste money on a desk calendar that will be worthless once the year’s over, you can salvage a few trees and get paint and chalk that can be easily erased from your new wall calendar.