Creating a Home Workspace

Creating a Home Workspace

Creating a Home Workspace

Where do you pay bills? In a recent survey of my newsletter readers, 43% said they pay bills in their home office/study/den and 45% said they pay bills in the kitchen, living room, dining room or bedroom (the remaining 12% pay bills outside the home).

Having a designated home office space makes it simpler and easier to handle incoming mail and paperwork, organize bill paying, and manage your household. But what if you don’t have an entire room that you can dedicate for your workspace? In many homes, the kitchen or dining room table does double duty as a home office. The biggest hitch with this solution is that papers tend to accumulate on the table, leaving nowhere for the family to eat!  It’s not just you who needs to pay bills and manage mail; your children also need a place to do their homework.

What if you could quickly set up a workstation whenever you need it? A Lifetime folding table can be set up anywhere in minutes. You can easily move it if you need to or fold it up and store it out of the way. Alternatively, you can set it up in the living room, bedroom or guest room and hide it behind a freestanding room divider to create a more private and semi-permanent workspace. If you need more than one workstation for students, set them up back to back!

Store paper, pens, and other office supplies in a portable, lidded bin that you can pull out when you need it and put back when you’re done. Put papers in an accordion style folder or crate that accommodates hanging files or stash the papers in a rolling file cart. All of these items (even the desk!) can be stored in a closet.   File only what you really need to file. Research has proven that 80 percent of what is filed is never looked at again. Ask yourself: Do I need it for tax or legal reasons? If not, toss it. Most everything else you can get again pretty easily if and when you ever need it.

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