Thursday, July 2, 2009

Out-Of-The-Office – See you on July 6th!

This week’s post is a little bit of a word play.  I am away from my traditional office work but I am focusing on ways to make my home office more functional.  Many of my clients know, while I maintain an interior design studio, the “mental command center” of my business tends to function from the home office computer and surrounding desk area.

ss_100628170Loved this set up from Better Homes & Gardens.  A whiteboard helps me to visualize my priority items.  It also lets others in on the activities, too.

There are pros and cons to working from home.  The pro is - on days where I don’t have client meetings - getting some design and office work accomplished only requires a few steps and I am there!  It’s eco-friendly . . . no gassing up the car to make the trip.  (And true confession time . . . no make-up application saves time, too!)  The cons can be - it’s always here and makes me accessible to work a little more than I might need to be, some days.  I have to make a concerted effort to be sure I don’t “plug-in”, all of the time.  It also requires a bit of organization because I don’t want work spilling out beyond the office doors. 

ideas I love Russell + HazelTheir tagline is, “Add life to your work”

I am spending a little of this holiday time, working on getting things back in order.  Good design is about order, as well as aesthetics.  In fact, I am not sure how one has a great aesthetic quality if things are not in order.  It’s kind of like not being able to see the forest for the trees!

img93mPottery Barn has some of the best wall solutions for clearing a desktop.

Being that this time is supposed to be my long holiday weekend, I’m just  popping in pics showing some of my finds for office organizational tools.  No matter what your profession might be, interior designer, attorney, teacher, consultant or household manager and team supporter, I hope these will get your cogwheels turning for getting your spaces back in order. 

NDESK_pushingButton_Large The Neat Company offers a scanning solution for receipts, business cards and documents, which can be integrated into your PC or Mac.  Loving this one!

And . . . . if you choose to just sit back and relax, put this in the “to look at later” folder and have fun!  I’ll be doing that, soon.  No emails, phone calls, paper piles – just Happy 4th fun!

Cheers!  Wanda



Vitania said...

HI there Wanda
Such a great post. I know so many people who work from home now, In fact, many large corporations are encouraging itm "remote employes". The need for a space that is separate and organzied, and even a visual diversion from the rest ot the home is crucial ! You really do need to feel like you are entering & exiting another zone !!

Have a FANTASTIC 4th of July

Fifi Flowers said...

LOVE that receipt idea... I NEED one of those!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It's pretty sad that I am in heaven looking at these pictures or organized offices! I love them all and when I move I want everything to be organized AND pretty! Seeing the items from Russell & Hazel in the second pic, shows me that I can even use "my colors" in my organizational tools.

One of my favorites is See Jane Work - they have some nice things too.

sophiedahydesigns said...

Thank you for this post. Our workroom and office are in the recently renovated basement of my home. I am struggling to make it more organized now and am going to think about your suggestions. We are so busy designing that I need things very organized on the business end. UGH!!

Jennifer's Design Team! said...

Thanks for the post Wanda. I too work from home and struggle daily with keeping a tidy office. I love you inspiration photos and strive to one day have a home office/ studio that is as beautiful as it is functional.
Great Job!