Because I knew January would be a busier than normal month for me, I decided to pack up my home office early and leave out only the necessities. Selling my desk before moving also prompted the boxing up of office supplies and has left me to create a make-shift office space until the move. What I discovered is that
I really only need a handful of things at hand when working from home;
A hook for stowing my purse and laptop bag (and the laptop bag can house cords for my phone, camera and computer.
A repurposed container for writing utensils and blank envelopes.
Because I use a laptop, my printer/scanner can live anywhere in the house (currently fantasizing about DIY-ing a rollout cabinet drawer that can support the all-in-one).
Two or three labeled magazine files for projects and current to-do's will keep all the paperwork off of my working surface.
This newfound freedom from extra stuff will be a great tool when setting up my new home office. To help you figure out what you use all the time in your home office, try out Peter Walsh's one month cardboard box test. He uses the kitchen as an example but you could easily apply this to the office space.
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