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Transforming a Home Office

Kim B home office beforeRecently, I was working with a client who wanted to get some order in her home.  I asked her to please send me some photos of some hot spots that she felt were disorganized.

She sent me a picture of her home living room as seen here.  Obviously, she uses this space for her home office.  I am sure you would agree that this space is why she felt that she needed my help.  We decided to start there, because frankly if your business isn’t in order every day, you’ll never feel like you’re getting anything accomplished.

As I tell my clients and as I spell out in my book, Lost in Your Own Office, you have to start with the space.  This client was classic where she was squeezed into a corner.

The positioning of the desk was in the light where the Arizona sun was shining in the window causing a glare on her screen.  We moved how the desk was arranged in the room. She also had a file cabinet that was in the main hallway so obviously it made sense to have it closer to where she was working.

Secondly, the files needed to be filed so that she had a system for her work needs.  She deals with medical records so confidentiality was critical and now her files are locked up in the file cabinet.
Home office organizationAll the stuff then can be easily organized when you utilize simple organizational tools.  We didn’t have to spend any extra money on supplies or storage containers as she had everything already.  The bookcase really was meant to be a showcase for her collection of castles, which we moved into the main living room.  The books were old and outdated so we boxed them up to be sold on eBay.

The papers in the office were business related as well as family papers from the teenagers using the computer   We made it her own office space and created a letter tray for the kids paperwork.  It was a great family effort (it always goes better when everyone is on the same page) and three hours later we had a beautiful new space (even the desk drawers were purged with only what was needed.)

An inefficient workspace is seldom life threatening, but it still hurts us on the job.  Studies show that each year 1.8 million workers develop injuries related to ergonomic factors.  That translates into an annual productivity cost of more than $60 billion.  The personal cost is even greater.  A messy office hampers our job performance, robs us of our confidence, and prevents us from spending valuable time with our family and friends.

What about your workplace?  What message are you sending out about your office? That you’re competent and efficient? Or that you’re disorganized and out of control?

If you are relating to this post and would like to work with me, please visit my website, http://www.annemcgurty.com and contact me to schedule a free 30 minute call to see if it makes sense for us to work together.

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