Well I finally did it! I finally got my office all set up! This has been something that I’ve been meaning to do for a long time because I have papers all over my house. As my blog is taking off, I really needed a space to run my business as well as manage my household. Since I was accepted into the HP Smart Moms panel, I received a brand new HP Envy printer. It’s so gorgeous that it really inspired me to put my office together. I refused to let myself open it and set it up until my office was complete.
Having a home office space is important in this day and age whether or not you’re running a business. Managing a home and kids requires organization and LOTS of paperwork. To set up your office, you don’t need a whole room as long as you find a quiet space that’s ideal for working.
What you’ll need:
A desk is the first thing you need to define your space and to keep everything in. Ideally, the desk should have several drawers and an attached filing cabinet drawer for you to keep important paperwork. Store envelopes, stamps, extra checkbook, pens, pencils, calculator, and rulers here. Trust me, if you pay bills or have kids, you’ll need those things desperately at some point or another and will be glad you have them.
A good printer is a must. Your kids will need a printer to get through school and you can also print out activities for them to occupy their time. The HP Envy allows wireless printing and has tons of awesome printables. Anyone whose had a kid frantically trying to print a paper while the bus is rolling up the street knows how important a reliable printer is.
A bulletin board will help you manage schedules, grocery lists, coupons, goal sheets and to-do lists. I also post some inspirational quotes on mine just to keep me going:)
Binders can save you if you maintain them. I have one with all of our birth certificates, one contains all of my financial stuff, one for car repairs and one is for the home. You don’t know how many times my son has come home asking for a birth certificate or a sports physical to participate in some activity and it’s so nice to be able to just put my hands right on it.
An incoming mail separator of some kind can help to keep mail at bay. I don’t know about you but I get a TON of mail. I’ve been meaning to start writing to companies to tell them to stop sending me mail but I keep forgetting. I’ll have to add that to the to-do list on my bulletin board. I used a simple pocket by Martha Stewart tacked up on the wall.
A trash can means throwing out junk mail immediately. I try not to even bring it in my office but if I do, straight into the garbage it goes.
A portable planner is the ONLY way I survive. I honestly would just sit down and cry if I ever lost my planner. Between my job, my blog, my volunteer work, and my son’s sports schedules I wouldn’t know what to do if I didn’t have my planner. Another good idea, when you’re waiting anywhere (doctor’s office, picking up kids, etc) you can use your planner to make your grocery list or plan chores so you’re using your time efficiently.
These are the things I set up so far and we’ll see how it goes. If you have any tips, let me know in the comments. What are some ways you stay organized? What are your home office supplies that you can’t live without?