Category Archives: Home Office Design Ideas

How to Improve your Office Space

In the workplace, we all need a place to stay organized, especially depending on the type of business. A common reason many people are disorganized, is because they lack a proper workspace. Many assume it’s just due to laziness, but this isn’t always the case. Because of a cramped office space, it’s often difficult to organize all your papers and folders. Either you need to better utilize your office, or move into a new office where you have more space.

Whether you work from home as a contractor or freelancer, or are in the workplace, having office space for your business is important. After all, your employees definitely have a place to work, whether it’s their own private office, or a personal cubicle. On the other hand, it’s not just enough that you have your own office to work, but what are some ways you can improve on this? Are your making the best of your personal office? Are you still being distracted by things around you? Here are some ways you can improve.

#1. Clean Up Your Office

First and foremost, if your office is a mess, you need to clean it up. After all, how will you be able to work if all your papers are scattered around? Even more so, you’ll have trouble locating your papers and folders if things are disorganized. By organizing your files and folders, you’ll not only get a clearer picture of what needs to be accomplished, but you’re also setting a good example for your employees. Not to mention the business as a whole. As another way to organize and clean your office, use separate and unique folders for each type of document. Have you thought about color coding your folders? As an example, put all of your essential papers in a red folder (as if to signify their importance), while any miscellaneous documents could go in a green folder or any miscellaneous color of your choosing.

#2. Move to a New Office

As I mentioned earlier, another reason you might be disorganized, is due to a lack of office space. After all, you can’t lay out your files in the way you want to if there’s no room to do so. If this is the case, then consider moving to a new office, or expanding your current one. Obviously, it’ll give you the opportunity to work more efficiently, but it also gives you a chance to turn your office into more than just a place to work.

Have you considered buying accessories for your office, such as decorations? While this doesn’t necessarily serve a purpose in helping you complete your tasks, don’t forget that this is your own personal office. Why not lighten up the mood a bit? Many people have this mindset that an office should be a place devoid of any relaxation and enjoyment. However, it shouldn’t just be a place where you work on tasks, it should also be a place where you enjoy working on said tasks. Having more space in your office, allows you to design it the way you want.

#3. Find a Quiet Place to Work

This mainly applies to those who work from home. One of the keys to improving your office space, is to be free of distractions, and find a quiet place to work. First of all, do you have kids or pets? If not, this is a huge opportunity for you. If you do have children, on the other hand, finding a quiet space is absolutely essential. Either way, whatever space you plan to use, don’t be afraid to turn it into an office. Remember, this is where you’re going to be working a majority of the time. Regardless of whether its your family room or bedroom, clean up, organize everything, and get started!

Whether you work from home or are in a business, these are some tips for creating the perfect office space for your business.

For more information about ways to improve your office space in the workplace, which will lead to better success in your business, feel free to contact me today. Whether you’re looking for ways to improve your business security, or are looking to optimize your customer service with voice intelligence, I look forward to hearing from you, and assisting you in the best way possible.

Product Review: Neat Receipts Scanner

Neat Receipts Scanner

Have you seen Neat Receipts yet?  You have gotta check it out!  I just reviewed it for Sparkplugging (click to read the full article), and it’s also posted in Reviews section of the Neat Receipts website HERE. (Between PC World & Fortune Small Business I might add!!)

A portable little piece of technology that cuts down on data entry.  Gotta love that!

Love Neat Receipts?  Want to get one?  Check it out HERE.

Not your ordinary storage and office supplies…..

Ok, so I get positively weak in the knees when I see stylish storage and office supplies. It may be a sickness, but I’m willing to admit that there is something about a useful and eye-catching product that makes me swoon! So, I thought I would share some with you, so you could revel in them as well! : What’s not to love about a company that sells stylish products for the woman on the go. Out with the black and brown leather man-ish products and in with the colorful and fresh! : Sometimes you just want a product that is straightforward and simple! Just make it useful, make it easy and make it cute! If you’re moving, getting a handle on your life, tracking your valuables or just trying to get some stuff done – this may be a good product for you! : So, have you ever walked out to your car and had to climb in the sunroof, because the car next to you had blatant disregard for the parking lines? How about giving them a parking ticket? Or, you’re out at the park and there is no soap anywhere around, but you have got to wash your hands? Try Paper Soap! Or you love french press coffee? Try a press for one! You can find all these things, and some other outlandishly brash and entertaining products here. Ok, and they have some organizing stuff too…..

russell+hazel : Stylish and functional, what’s not to love? Their “Audrey” line is breathtaking and worthy of the red carpet!

OFFICE : Located in Portland, Oregon, this quirky and style-conscious “office supply” store has been featured in Better Homes & Gardens! The owners are fun and the brick and mortar location has a fabulous vintage feel. Their website is well stocked and full of innovative products. Go check it out!

What’s YOUR favorite office supply or storage resource?

5 Unexpected Upgrades For Your Home Office That Actually Pay Off

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If you ask me, it is time to think outside the box, and beyond those sterile cubicles that corporations call offices. A home office can and should be a place where it is a joy to work in. It is your space after all, and you are free to do anything that helps you summon the work mood to nail your tasks. Now, home office remodeling is not associated with a particularly high ROI, but if you play it smart, there is a way to take your efficiency to the next level and avoid blowing the budget.

Personal statement

Personalizing the space is something that makes an impact on your mood and psyche. The good news is that there are many DIY projects that go easy on your budget and are not labor-intensive. Some home offices also double as hobby and craft room spaces, so do not hesitate to display your passion. Quirky accents, vintage accessories, and handmade crafts do miracles for an overall appeal of the space. At the very least, you can download, enlarge, and frame striking photos you find online. Give your office an instant facelift and this will pay off as sure as eggs.

Matters of functionality

It is also possible to boost the functionality, another hallmark feature, without overspending. Storage space is paramount as it allows you to come up with an uncluttered, clean space. Again, the DIY approach proves to be fruitful. For example, you can save precious desk space by assembling DIY wall storage. Vintage tins, coffee cans, and similar items do the trick just fine: You just need to strip off the label and add magnets. Feel free to go an extra mile and create a work desk out of solid-core wooden door. Just make sure it has appropriate storage compartments and ample space for your equipment.

A fresh start

The importance of fresh air and natural light in work environments cannot be stressed enough. First off, you can do yourself a favor and position your desk next to a window. It also helps to have a nice view, a soothing backdrop that is always there when you need it. But, some offices do not even feature a window, or it is strangely placed. In that case, make a difference with air fresheners and purifiers. Studies have found that nice smells make work errors less likely to occur, so fill the air with rejuvenating presence. Also, you can bring the outdoors in with potted plants and feel the comforting nature’s embrace.

Extra amenities

In case your budget allows it, you should consider bigger projects and remodels. After all, a retreat tailored to good work habits can hold various amenities. Some of them can be close by, outside the core workplace. This saves much time and lets you get back to work ASAP. One good example is a tiny kitchen: You may be able to do things such as listening to educational videos and tutorials while making a launch. You would need proper appliances, storage, as well as plumbing and electrical systems. See what you can do yourself, and contact the local plumbers, designers and electricians for pro results.

Productivity on board

Finally, we present another frugal and simple addition that improves the ambiance and functionality. Namely, a simple whiteboard can bring about a significant boost in productivity. This dry-erase-friendly space for your scratch-work serves a multiple of purposes. You may also go for a chalkboard if that is your cup of tea. Chalkboard spray paint is used in kids’ rooms and kitchens, but there is no need to limit its application to those spaces. It may be messier, but it is also more stylish and enables you to take quick notes. Also, it can deliver a decorative touch to the space and make infuse it with a distinctive character.

Above and beyond

A physical environment has a profound effect on our work habits. Thus, a home office design should not be an afterthought, on the contrary. A dedicated work area can ignite your creativity and productivity, provided that you invest time, money and effort first. Use each square foot to its maximum capacity and look beyond conventional, commercial offices. You can spruce up your workspace even without spending a truckload of money. Treat yourself with a home office that captures your imagination, speaks to your sense of taste, and enables peak performance.

Curtains or blinds – Which are best suited for your home office?

When it comes to choosing window treatments for the home office, many people have issues deciding whether curtains or blinds are a better option. Truth be told, both of these options are great. However, if your room doesn’t get enough natural light, blinds are more suitable because they feature lighter colors and the materials are thinner. Curtains on the other hand, are thicker and are more appropriate in large, tall rooms. Before making any choices, let’s have a closer look at the following tips. Then you can decide which of these – curtains or blinds – you’d like to have installed in your home office.

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Home office with shelving and built in organization Some rights reserved by Jeremy Levine Design

Curtains and blinds – how do we decide?

In general, blinds refer to window treatments made of hard materials, such as vanes or slats. These are easy to adjust by remote control, manual pull cord, or wand. What we like most about blinds is that they adjust to our needs pretty well. In case you need more light into the office you can easily open them up or pull them up entirely. There are all kinds of blinds available in the marketplace – horizontal, vertical, striped, blinds with thicker or thinner slats and more. It’s up to you to decide whether these can fit into the décor of your home office or not.

As far as curtains are concerned, these are made of fabric – cotton, damask, silk, etc. They feature all kinds of patterns and colors, and they’re usually meant to keep too much light at bay. If you’re office is positioned by the window and the intense light doesn’t let you work, then a nice set of curtains will bring things back to normal. Quality materials are the best because they don’t shred; furthermore, when buying curtains make sure they fit the width and length of your window.

Some would say that curtains are more suitable for a home office because they fill up a room, making it seem chic and modern. Others on the other hand, are fond of the old-fashioned sense of style. Blinds have a vintage-like allure that many homeowners like. They’re more convenient than curtains, easy to fold and quite alluring when matched with a suitable décor. Curtains are not encouraged if you have a home office that’s small with small windows. Rather than cover everything up, you need to create structure with blinds by shaping only the windows, without “cutting” from the walls as well.

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Modern home office design Some rights reserved by BettaLivingUK

Blinds make rooms feel “naked”

In some case, this can be true. Because they don’t cover the walls and don’t touch the ground, blinds might make your office seem rather dull and empty. But then again, if you don’t want to overcrowd your space and leave it looking spacious, then stick to blinds. However, ditch neutral shades and go for livelier variants of baby blue with golden accents, burgundy and yellow, or purple with lilac. Place flower pots by the windows to make them look less “naked”, and make sure there’s an additional plant on the floor as well. It will fill up the places too, and your office won’t seem boring anymore.

Curtains or blinds, or both?

If you can’t make up your mind and choose between blinds and curtains, then you should do both. However, to create balance and not make the windows seem overly crowded, your need to rethink your options. In this case, light blinds in hues of beige, white and pastel pink are advised; that’s because we need a stronger color for the curtains. To maximize privacy and not overload the windows, you might want to go for cellular shades. These are opaque and they’re ideal in home offices where you don’t want to have a lot of sun. As for curtains, it’s always best to stick to simpler models and patterns. To add height, striped curtains might seem like the best choices; and for some width, curtains with thick, horizontal stripes can instantly widen your space and make it feel more breathable and fresh.

Home office with clean look; Some rights reserved by highmarkb
Home office with clean look; Some rights reserved by highmarkb

Whatever you choose – curtains, blinds, or both – just make sure to use your creativity as well to make the home office your own. The web is filled with DIY projects and tutorials. Use them and transform your personal space into a productive work nook.

By Charles Goodwin and!

Erin Doland of, The O Myth Recap

Erin Doland of

Erin Doland of

Krista and I had the pleasure of talking with Erin Doland of

(NEW!  Scroll to the bottom of this post to listen to the podcast.)

Here’s the Pearls of Wisdom from the show today:

Spend More Time With Loved Ones in the New Year

New Year Resolution #6:
Spend More Time with Loved Ones

8 Days of Resolutions

This series is all about the top New Year Resolutions. One of those is “Get Organized”. Have you ever made this resolution? How did it go? Did you do a “crash & burn” weekend on Jan. 2nd and everything was back to the way it was by Jan. 10th? Try using organization as a tool for whatever change you desire. You may surprise yourself!


Spending time with those we love is something to strive for.  It never seems to be enough, even when we make it a priority.  Extra appointments on the schedule, events we’ve committed to and other things get in the way.  Or do they?

It’s not the quantity, but rather the quality.

How do you remember your childhood?  I remember moments of happiness:  seeing my parents in the stands at a volleyball game, sharing a holiday meal or tearfully hugging my little sister at the airport when I left for a year abroad as an exchange student.  I’ll bet you can remember some of those things too.  I believe in making moments special, and being truely engaged in that moment. Here’s some ways to spend some quality time, and really being “in the moment”:

1.  Plan for it.  Get chores done, wash the clothes, put things away, whatever.  If it’s on your mind, and you can do it quickly, take care of it.

2.  Turn off distractions. The “always on” cell phone can be really distracting (I get it, really I do) so put it on vibrate in another room for a period of time.

3.  Quit procrastinating and start acting.  If you can’t spend time with those you love because life is out of control, take action.  Get control of your action paper, find a way to focus each day or discover and address what is really bothering you.  Get to the heart of the matter, so you can breathe and enjoy life.

What can you do so you can spend more time with your loved ones?

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Can brilliant work-friendly spaces really emerge from a spare corner of your home?

There’s no need to have a spare room to set up a work station, as people today work from the comfort of their homes. However, to be productive your “home business nook” needs to look efficient. Every corner of your home can be transformed into a nice office. All you need is the right tools to get started. Brilliant work-friendly spaces can be crafted in the living room, bedroom, and even in the sunroom. Choose a spot with as much natural light as possible. It will increase your productivity levels, and make your little corner seem vibrant, dynamic and creative. Here are some tips to help you get started. Continue reading Can brilliant work-friendly spaces really emerge from a spare corner of your home?

5 Steps to STAYING Organized

It occurred to me that so many books, TV shows and Google searches are out there about “getting organized”. Today I’d like to give you some tips on staying organized.

Most people have read a book or two about organizing – heck, some people have purchased 2 or 3 books on the subject. Getting organized can be overwhelming! So what if you get motivated, declutter, donate, toss and generally whip your place into shape… then 6 months later, you are right back to where you started? Sound familiar? It’s not that uncommon.

So, how do you prevent stuff like this from happening? Here’s some tips to help you get organized and stay that way:

  1. Be realistic: if you don’t want to color-code files, then good grief – DON’T. It’s not a law! Use whatever you feel you can keep up in the long run.
  2. Take little “bites”: If you’re on hold on the phone, pull out the junk drawer and sort through it. Sort through a small box of pictures while watching a familiar movie – set a goal to be done with the box by the time the movie ends. Smaller bite-sized projects can be a great way to start a large project, and avoid the “crash and burn” syndrome of overhauling your entire home in a weekend.
  3. Keep up your system: If you put in a new filing system, use it. If you assign homes for jackets or keys, be sure to use them. Try them out for 30 days before deciding to change it.
  4. Maintain: Don’t let your clutter pile up again. Make decisions, and stick to your plan. Remember to be consistent.
  5. Lean into the turn: It’s a fact of life that sometimes stuff happens. Babies are born, people get married, kids go off to school, people pass on and leave their stuff and grief for those that loved them, new jobs… and the list goes on. Sometimes life throws you a curve, just lean into it and come out the other side without throwing away all your hard work.