Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

At Home: Smart Ways to Refresh Your Home Office

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

At Home: Smart Ways to Refresh Your Home Office

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Life in the 21st century has its perks. One of those is to be able to work from virtually anywhere. If you've successfully convinced your boss to let you log more hours from home this year, you'll want a killer workspace to match.

Don't let your home office become the dumping ground for all unwanted furniture and decor accessories. If you're going to really use your home office, make it an inspiring and functional space. Keep reading for our top tips for upgrading your home office.

- Clear the clutter.

Most of us are guilty as charged: Clutter accumulates throughout the year, be it unfiled paperwork, fabric samples or dried-out pens. Before anything else, sweep your space clean and start fresh.

- Get organized.

After getting rid of all the excess clutter, find an organizing system that works for you. Make sure that everything that might end up in your office is accounted for: bills, important paperwork, magazines, office supplies. Store each item in its appropriate bin, box, container or tray.

- Pay attention to the view.

There's nothing more uninspiring than staring at a white wall all day. Is there room to rearrange the furniture for your desk to face a window? If there isn't, consider artwork or even a mirror to hang above your desk and reflect the window behind you. Just make sure to hang it high enough that you don't end up staring at yourself all day long.

- Make your layout multipurpose.

In many homes, the office sometimes doubles as a guest room, media room or den. Setting up your desk across from the sofa or sofa bed will serve as double duty for TV watching. With that setup, you can either stream Netflix from a desktop computer or mount a TV on the wall behind the desk.

- Build it in or tuck it away.

Not everyone has the luxury of having a full room dedicated to a home office. When dealing with a workspace in an open space, sometimes the best solution is to create a desk space within a built- in storage wall to keep clutter at bay.

- Float your desk.

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