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Whether you’re just starting out on a solo business venture or are already a working professional, you probably already have or are thinking of, setting up a home office space. It can sometimes be tough to carve out a space that’s just for you, so we’ve compiled our top tips for keeping that space – however big or small – organized and efficient.

Choose your space wisely
Take into consideration all of the possible distractions you may encounter in each space, and choose the one with the least. If your desk is currently in the living room and there are little ones underfoot, it may be time to move it to a quieter location.

De-Clutter
Now it’s time to de-clutter. What do you use every day and what hasn’t been touched in 3 or 4 months? Discard of anything that you don’t use on a regular basis, or simply move it to another room.

Clean
A clean space is a happy space, and when you’re happy you’re more productive. It’s been proven people! Wipe down all surfaces, throw away any garbage, and open a window for some fresh air. It’ll make you feel refreshed and ready to get down to work!

Prioritize
Are there objects in your space that don’t really need to be there? Take, for example, that television across the room. If you end up watching it more than you actually work, than maybe move it to a different area of the house.

Organize
Now it’s time to get down to business. Take inventory of all the items left in your space and decide what you want to keep out on display (books, magazines, a decorative pen holder, etc) and what you want to keep hidden (the less than sitely pieces can be hidden away in desk drawers or attractive storage bins).

Light
Lastly, you want to make sure your space is well lit. If painting the space is an option opt for a light clear color (light blue or yellow), as it will distract less and have a calming effect. If not, try to place your desk near a source of natural light. As well, add lamps that shed white light instead of yellow, as it will help keep you alert.

Try going through this list about once a month! And, if you’ve got a passion for organization take a look at our Professional Organizing course!

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Lighting is one of the most important components in interior design because it has such a huge impact on the overall mood of a space. However, it’s usually the last detail many of us see to as it can be quite a daunting task. Incandescent, fluorescent, high intensity discharge, LED, etc. There is an overwhelming number of options, and even just the idea of having to choose one can leave me feeling lost, frustrated, and pondering if living a life in darkness would really be that bad…? Read on to learn how to choose the best indoor light bulbs for you.

How to Choose a LightbulbThis weekend I revamped my living room with a new light blue paint color and some new dark brown shades for the table lamps on either side of my couch. You’d think that I would have purchased some light bulbs to go along with those, but when the sales clerk asked me if he could help me select some, I broke out in a nervous sweat and decided it was a detail that could be left just a little while longer.

But once the new paint was dry and the lamps were all set up, I realized that my old general service light bulbs just weren’t going to cut it any longer. The light was starkly white and made the room feel cold and uninviting. So, I mustered up some courage, put on my brave face, and timidly ventured back out to my nearest hardware store. That same sales clerk was there and he promptly schooled me in what is apparently the fine art of light bulb selection. Yep, there’s much more to it than simply choosing the right wattage.

Wall color, paint finish, furniture color and fabric, lamp shade thickness and color, and what overall mood you want your space to have are just a few of things to take into consideration. My living room is my place to relax, and I wanted to add as much warmth to the space for maximum comfort. I ended up walking away with low voltage Tungsten-halogen incandescent bulbs. I had originally wanted to go with LED as they are generally more efficient, but I found that they didn’t offer the right kind of light for me. I wanted something warmer to offset the cool blue walls, and these incandescent bulbs pair well with my lamp shades to give off a warm buttery glow. They also have a significantly longer life than most and provide more light per watt than standard incandescent bulbs.
In the end it took me, the hardware store clerk, and countless authors of online articles to choose two light bulbs!

What sort of light bulbs do you use throughout your home? Let us know in a comment below!