Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

How to Plan an Efficient Home Office That Enhances Your Living Space

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

How to Plan an Efficient Home Office That Enhances Your Living Space

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TODAY'S HOME increasingly is not considered complete without its own home office.

Whether it is a simple, convenient spot to pay bills and write correspondence, or a state-of-the-art, fully equipped, electronically outfitted room, the home office should be a place where you can handle a multitude of tasks conveniently, efficiently and in an organized manner that doesn't infringe upon your family's living environment.

There is a misconception that you need a separate room to act as a home office: Not true. Any available space can act as an exemplary home office - a corner of the kitchen, your dining room, a hallway, even a large closet will do - as long as it is thoughtfully planned and organized to meet your needs and requirements.

But, before deciding where to place your home office, you should decide what tasks you need to handle there. Do you need a lot of computer equipment or other office machinery? Should you have ample flat surface space to complete your tasks? Do you need strong task lighting? Will you need extra storage for files and other materials? Do you need a separate telephone line for your computer, fax machine or business calls? What about extensive shelving to store resource and reference material?

Make a list of all the things you plan to use the office for and then decide what you will need to accomplish these tasks in an efficient and hassle-free manner.

This list should include the necessary equipment and furniture. Be certain to include the proper stands and furniture pieces to support equipment and machinery. Don't assume your desk will serve as an all-in-one fax machine stand, computer table, book shelf, writing surface, printer cabinet and work table; you will soon discover that your home office is a chaotic morass of equipment, paper and books, each of which requires its own space. …

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