Is Your Kitchen Your Home Office?

Published Wednesday, June 30, 2010 8:44 AM

The kitchen is the de facto command center for many homes. Whether you work at home, commute from home or stay-at-home, managing the paperwork and information flow of life requires a centralized strategy. Where better than the heart of the home?

That Was Easy

 Organizing a kitchen office doesn't have to be hard and having one will make life easy. Very easy. The kitchen is a magnet for paperwork, bills, car keys, prescriptions, invitations and to-do lists. Corralling these items is a must.

Capture items in daily use that can't be filed away in your kitchen command center.  A command center doesn't need to be the permanent filing solution we've discussed in other blog posts. Rather, a kitchen command center is a communications hub handling incoming and outgoing information needing immediate action on a day-to-day basis.

Consider including the following useful items:

  • Calendar
  • Corkboard
  • Dry erase board
  • Clock
  • Pegs for keys, dog leashes, backpacks, etc.
  • Wall mounted bins, file folders, baskets

Set up your command center to enable family members to walk in, unload crucial papers and items and have them at their fingertips when next ready to leave. For more how-to and real life inspiration read The Ultimate Family Command Center.  It targets busy moms and harried home business owners. If they can do it, you can do it.

Command Center Plus

With location independent workers  increasingly telecommuting or freelancing from home, kitchen command centers often need to do double-duty as an office. In our blog post Tips for Setting Up Your Home Office we outline basic home office needs. Home-makeover web site HGTV.com offers tips for optimizing kitchen work space in Fit Functional Office Space in the Kitchen.  Finally, enjoy the eye-candy inspiration of fabulous and functional kitchen office spaces at Better Homes and Gardens Kitchen Workstation Ideas

What tools help your kitchen command center run seamlessly? Do you have pictures of your kitchen home office to share? Post your thoughts here and on the Beyond Folders Community's Facebook and Twitter pages.

by Carly Fadako

 

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