RMM - Nov-20 - Jennifer Reiner

Pens in black and blue ink — plus red if you’re facilitating lessons for the kids

Gather and hide all cords. Make sure your cords are neatly tucked into one spot and out of the “tripping hazard” zone. Use folders and file organizers. To keep items neatly tucked and labeled, you can never have too many two-pocket folders and file organizers. Create a work-only zone. Perhaps the most important part of creating your home office is treating it as a home office. Have a sit-down with the kids (and spouse, if needed!) and explain that this area is for working only. If the space is going to be shared between kids and other family members, determine who will use the space at what times of day or evening. Lay down a few hard and fast rules, such as no eating food in the home office; no interruptions unless it’s absolutely crucial; no leaving behind a mess for the next person; and whatever else makes sense for your family. With a little ingenuity and flexibility, you’ll end up loving your home office — and maybe even getting more done than you did at the real office.

Pencils Erasers

A water bottle for staying hydrated during the day A clock, so you don’t have to look at a phone Fun notebooks or notepads Stay organized. Staying organized is no easy task, and when multiple family members are sharing the same office space, it can become even more difficult. Fortunately, there are things you can do to keep clutter to a minimum and productivity at a maximum. Get a paper shredder. Stacks of paper sitting around on the desk that no longer have any use — such as notes from

an old interview — are best shredded and disposed of.

Add shelving to the walls. No more floor space? No problem. Floating shelves can keep things neat and tidy without sacrificing any of your floor space. Use shelves for stowing books, supplies, knickknacks and more. You can also use shelves to keep “his and hers” separate if you share the space with a spouse.

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