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Quick Guide to Creating the Perfect Office Space in Your Home

Do you work out of a home office?

Without proper planning and organization, your home office may do more to hinder your productivity than enhance it. Here are some tips from the experts on how to setup the perfect office.

Select the RIGHT Spot – The area in your home should be well lit, with enough room for furniture, file cabinets and other items you use on a regular basis. Windows are great for natural light but can be a distraction. You may want to configure your workspace so windows are behind you or on the side.

Get Connected – Equip the space with enough electrical outlets to support your office equipment, telephone, fax machines and Internet access. Any costs incurred to add outlets or even heating and air conditioning to your office space are tax deductible.

Furniture Requirements – Determine what furniture you will need – desks, file cabinets, printer stands, storage units and office supplies. Measure the space. Measure the furniture and compare to make sure it fits before you move into the space. Layout the locations of each piece of furniture and try several floor plans – on paper first.

Organize – Keep business files in your home office. It’s very tempting to take them with you to another room while working out of your home – but avoid the temptation! That way you won’t waste time looking for files all over your home. Keep the office as neat and clean as possible as you will be more productive if you are organized.

Tax Deductions – The IRS will let you deduct expenses only related to that part of your home that you use exclusively for your regular business. This includes mortgage payment, utilities, furniture, computer equipment and supplies. Be sure to keep records on exactly what you have purchased for your business and you might consider a separate credit card to use exclusively and easily track your expenses.

What Certain Paint Colors Reveal about Your Home

Are you looking to freshen up your home with a new coat of paint? Maybe you’ve just moved and don’t like the color of the walls. Before you choose your paint colors, here’s how colors may affect you and the value of your home.

Blue – Light blue is a color preferred by many people because it’s considered a tranquil color. If you are considering dark blue, save it for a bathroom, bedroom or home office.

Yellow – Light yellow is a universal paint color for almost every room in your home. It’s cheery, high energy and helps you boost your mood.

Green – It’s the color of nature. Light greens make the room feel more spacious. Darker greens complement dark stained woods or white trim.

Pastels – Pinks, lavenders, Easter basket colors are soothing. These are great for children’s rooms.

Red/Orange – These are considered “warm” colors and are used to make a room more intimate or seem smaller. Red is a popular dining room color that creates an intimate atmosphere to stimulate conversation.

Neutral/Brown – These colors represent a conservative feeling if you are unsure what colors will work for you. When using neutral colors, use brightly colored chairs or accent pieces like green plants or colorful window coverings.

Tip: If you are hesitant about painting an entire room just one color, try painting an accent wall a different color. When you enter the room, notice how you feel about the color and what emotions it evokes in you.