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When decorating a home office it's really important that it look like part of your home and not an office cubicle. The key to good office design is good office organization. Check out these tips for keeping things organized.

Define Your Space
If you're lucky enough to have a separate room for your home office, the task won't be so hard. The key to a good home office is to make use of whatever space you have, whether it's a stair landing, a small closet, a spare room, or an unused corner of the living room. For greatest efficiency, find a space that can be dedicated to a home office area. You'll be able to work more professionally if you don't have to move papers off your desk to change diapers!

Create a Plan
It might be tempting to just move the pieces around until the space works. But if you spend some time actually measuring your space, creating a floor plan (small as it might be), measuring your furniture, and thinking it through, the final result will be much more satisfactory.

What Can You Do Yourself?
Whatever work you can do yourself will save you money! Your home office space is probably not going to be too big, so consider painting the walls yourself. Adding a fresh, lively color or a sedate, calming color will set the tone for your work space. And if you're not a pro at painting, never fear. Most of the space will be covered up with furniture anyway. If you're feeling really creative, stencil a border around the desk. Or wallpaper one wall to define the space.

What Do You Already Have?
Can you move furniture or accessories from one part of the house to your new home office? If you don't have to buy some pieces, you'll save a lot! Is there a comfortable chair in the guest room? Do you have some pictures tucked away in a closet that would be inspiring and decorative on the walls of your work space? Look around to see what you can use in your new home office.

1. Use small decorative boxes to hold small necessities like paperclips, staples and elastics. Either use a box with compartments so the items don't get mixed together or use three separate boxes.
2. Separate writing utensils (pens, pencils, markers) and put them in their own stylish containers (such as a decorative cup).
3. Hang a fabric covered bulletin board or magnetic board above or near your desk to put notes, pieces of paper or envelopes not yet ready to be filed away.
4. Hang shelves above the desk to place binders, tape dispenser, stapler, etc. to free up desk space.
5. Use a decorative box to hold chargers for cell phones, cameras, or other devices. Drill or cut a hole in the back of the box (depending on the material) to run the cords through.

6. Remember that the style of the office should reflect the style of the rest of the house. If you have a traditional or Victorian-style house a contemporary home office will look out of place. Find a look that blends well and use colors that work with the rest of the house and are also conducive to a productive work atmosphere. Once you've got your style down, keep the following tips and suggestions in mind.
7. Every desk needs a lamp but instead of using a traditional office lamp use a pretty table lamp like you would in a living room or bedroom.
8. Unless you work at your desk for very long hours and need it for medical reasons, outfit the room with a stylish chair instead of a regular office chair.
9. Don't use the same kind of accessories as you would at a regular office. Invest in pretty desk accessories like a stylish Rolodex and sleek stapler.
10. Make your own desk blotter with old scraps of wallpaper. Secure the paper to the desk using sticky tack that won't leave a mark. Either replace the paper when it gets damaged or have a piece of glass cut to sit on top and protect it. (This can also be done with fabric).
11. Instead of a standard recycling bin use a wicker basket lined with fabric.

By Shade Alli-Owe

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