and Workable Home Office
by Rachel Goldstein owner of Allfreelancework.com
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you have young children, then deciding how to design
your home office has probably given you a headache.
There have been times of chaos in my own home when my
young children have ripped up or colored on important
papers, stuck objects into disk drives, and jammed the
printers with toys. With this under my belt, I can give
you some good advice on how to prevent this happening
in your home office.
of all, if you have young kids, separating work from
family is going to be nearly impossible. In addition,
you are going to need to be very innovative at times
in order to get any work done. When designing your home
office, envision what layout would work best for you
when you are working and taking care of the kids at
the same time.
Locate Office Near Kitchen - If your kids are
anything like mine, locating your office near the kitchen
is essential. My kids are always thirsty and it makes
them happy to get a full sippy cup. My first office
was located on the second floor, and was quickly moved
downstairs for this reason.
Buy a Cheap TV / VCR - In my opinion,
there is nothing wrong with letting your children watch
TV, especially if you have to finish your work. We bought
a very cheap TV and VCR ($200) and placed it in my office.
When the kids have become bored of all of their toys,
I pop in their favorite tape.
Small Table / Desk - A good idea is to find a
small table or desk for your children. You can give
them a toy phone, paper, pencils, a Rolodex, folders,
and other office materials so that they can pretend
to be you. In addition, they will love it if you ask
them to help you with your work.
Bookshelf or Drawer - Fill a bookshelf or drawer
with toys or knickknacks that the kids can play with.
You should change these toys weekly so they won't get
bored of these playthings.
Old Keyboard - If you have an old keyboard lying
around somewhere, by all means give it to your children.
Kids love to imitate their parents.
2 million kids are injured or killed in their own homes
every year by hazards. This is why childproofing your
home and office is so important. Here are some important
childproofing suggestions to follow:
Doorstops - Use door stops to prevent your kids'
fingers and hands from being pinched or crushed in your
Window Blinds - I am sure that you have heard
of all of the injuries and deaths caused by blinds and
cords. For this reason, make sure that your blinds are
safe. On older miniblinds cut the cord loop, remove
the buckle, and put safety tassels on the cord. Make
sure that this cord remains tight, if not, you will
need new blinds.
Outlet Covers - Purchase outlet protectors for
all of your free electrical sockets. Make sure that
they aren't easily removed or they might become a choking
Safety Locks - If you have drawers in your office
that contain dangerous items, you should invest in safety
locks. Safety locks can prevent poisoning, choking,
and other injuries.
Safety Gates - Use safety gates wherever you
foresee danger for your kids. I use safety gates everywhere,
including my home office. I put a gate from my desk
to the wall to prevent the kids from touching the computer
equipment. It works great.
Corner Cushions - If there are sharp corners
on any furniture in your office, invest in corner cushions
to prevent injuries from falls.
Tie up Cords - Tie up and hide electronic cords.
Try running the cords under rugs or behind furniture.
Surge Protector Covers - I have two surge protectors
in my office. I invested in covers for them so the kids
cannot play with them.
Put Away Small Items - Keep staples, paper clips,
rubber bands, and other small items away from the reach
of your children.
a work at home parent you will need to make many adjustments
in your life, this includes your home office. You home
office will grow as your children do. Moving things
around and adding new features will probably be something
you do regularly to keep your kids and work life balanced.
Remember to always keep safety guidelines in check and
enjoy working at home with your kids.
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