Top 10 Tips for Organizing Your Photos

by Tina ~ November 25th, 2015

photo organizingWhen it comes to preserving memories, there’s probably nothing more popular than photographs. Who doesn’t have boxes, drawers and albums full of photos?

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg…

I read a Globe and Mail article that said we snap as many pictures every two minutes as were taken in the entire 19th century! That article was written in 2013, and with more and more people using smartphones, I’m sure the number’s even higher now.

If you want your photos to have an important role in telling your family story, you have to get them out of their hiding places and organize them in a meaningful way. To help you with this process, I’ve gathered tips from a few Professional Photo Organizers. Yes, that’s a thing!

The Insider’s Guide to Photo Organizing from the Association of Personal Photo Organizers outlines five steps, which I’m going to share with you today. If you read The B Spot regularly, they’ll probably sound a bit familiar, because they’re basically the same steps we follow for all of our organizing projects.

1 – Hunt and gather

Identify all the boxes, bins, drawers, and closets where your photos are stored, and collect them all in one location. Download digital photos from cameras, memory sticks and cell phones into a photo management program on your computer.

2 – Sort and organize

Sort printed photos into shoe boxes, with a box for each decade. Next, go through each box and sort by category, e.g. Holidays, Travel/Vacations, Sporting Events, School Days, Celebrations, etc.

For digital photos, create folders on your computer for vacations, holidays, birthdays, and everyday life. Label folders by year-month-occasion, so you can sort them chronologically in any software, making it easy to find specific photos.

3 – Archive and backup

Preserve printed photos by scanning them. Save time and make your collection more interesting by scanning only the best photos of each occasion, rather than every single one.

Back up any digital photos you’d be devastated to lose on an external hard drive or secure photo storage site.

4 – Celebrate and share

The internet makes it fast and easy to share photos with your friends and family. Simply upload them to Dropbox or Linea and give access to anyone you wish. To share with a broader audience, post them on Facebook or Instagram.

For keepsakes and gift-giving, photo books or scrapbooks full of family photos and stories are great!

If displaying treasured photos on the wall is more your style, check out my Gallery and Salon Walls Pinterest board.

5 – Maintenance

Develop the habit of transferring pictures from your camera to your computer on a regular basis. At the same time, erase your memory card to make room for new pictures.

Photo Organizers recommend creating two backups of your digital photo: one in the cloud, and one on an external hard drive. If you don’t like the cloud, store them on external hard drives from two different manufacturers to minimize the chance of them both failing at the same time.

Thank you to Caren Osborne, Natalie Gallagher, Jenny Herrero, Amy Rehkemper, Cathi Nelson, Rachel Jenkins, Philip Griffith, Lisa Tonjes Moritz, and Regina Sanchez for the above photo organizing tips!

Wow! Who knew there were so many things to think about? But wouldn’t a photo organizing project be a great way to pass away the cold winter months?

How many different places are your photos right now?

Lose your mementos, not your memories

by Tina ~ November 11th, 2015

I guess it’s no secret that I have a sentimental streak. I’ve already blogged about some of my treasured keepsakes. I’ve also shared some ideas to help you organize your memorabilia and preserve your family memories.

But don’t get me wrong. It’s just not practical to keep mementos of everything. For one thing, finding homes for it all would be a logistical nightmare! Just as importantly, it doesn’t give proper honour to those items that are truly special.

 “Our memories are within us, not within our things.” - Joshua Fields Millburn

This where it gets hard.

When you’ve lost someone special, or as your babies grow up, it’s tempting to hold onto things that keep your memories alive. Sometimes you’re compelled to keep a loved one’s belongings even if you don’t know the story behind them.

As Bonnie Dewkett said in Why We Own Stuff: The Psychology of Letting Go,

We tie our happiness or sadness to these items and store them away. Often we rarely look at them; we simply WANT to keep them for the emotions they evoke.

Through helping clients deal with such items and my own experience, I’ve come up with a few ways to help you get through the process of letting go.

Set a tangible goal

Instead of just saying, “I need to get rid of this stuff,” set a measurable goal, such as whittling down from seven boxes to three. Have a plan in mind as to what you’ll do with the items you decide to keep.

Don’t be afraid of your emotions

Recognize that going through your keepsakes, or those of your loved one, is going to evoke strong emotions, both bad and good. Just go with the flow.

Your goal at this point is to process your emotions and get to a place where you can let go of the actual objects – or at least some of them. It’s totally okay if you’re not ready to get rid of everything, and there will likely be treasures that you’ll want to keep indefinitely.

Share your stories

In most cases, the value isn’t in the objects themselves, but in the stories behind them. So find someone to sit with you as you sort through your keepsakes – perhaps a younger family member – and tell them the stories. If they record a video of you holding the items as you talk about the memories associated with them, it will be even more special.

Preserve your memories

Other ways to retain memories without keeping the actual objects involved include:

When it comes down to it, you don’t need to clutter up your space with physical objects to preserve your important family memories.

Is there something you’ve had a hard time letting go of? How did you finally do it… or did you?

Photo courtesy of Sean Kirkpatrick, used under a Creative Commons license.

The Hiding Storage Space in Every Room of Your House

by Tina ~ October 29th, 2015

I talk to a lot of people about their clutter, and one of the top excuses I hear is “My house is too small.”

You probably don’t have one of the largest houses in Toronto, but I’m going to tell you about a secret weapon that will increase your storage space even if you live in Toronto’s smallest house!

large house - small house

Unless you have no doors whatsoever, you have at least five feet of storage space in just about every room of your house! You can access this hidden storage space simply by hanging shoe organizers on the back of the door.

I hear you saying, “But Tina, I don’t have that many shoes!”

That’s okay. Shoe organizers are great for shoes – that’s what they were designed for after all – but you can use them to create storage space and corral all kinds of smaller items. Here are a few ideas:


  • Scarves, mittens, hats and gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Flashlights
  • Spare keys

Home Office

  • School and office supplies
  • Electronics cords and chargers
  • Bills and other mail


  • Purses, belts, socks and ties
  • Jewelry and hair accessories
  • Socks and underwear
  • Baby outfits and accessories
  • Lint brush, shoe polish and extra shoelaces


  • Art and craft supplies
  • Stuffed animals and other small toys


  • Toiletries, makeup and other personal products
  • Blow dryer, curling iron


  • Water bottles
  • Snack foods
  • Utensils and cookie cutters
  • Cloth napkins, birthday candles

Garage / Laundry Room / Utility Room

  • Tools
  • Cleaning products and rags
  • Pet supplies
  • Gardening gloves
  • Batteries


  • Herb or strawberry plants

That’s more than a few, isn’t it? I guess you can tell why shoe organizers are one of my absolute favourite tools for creating space around the home.

To see some of these ideas in action and for more inspiration, please check out my Pinterest Board Things to Do With Shoe Organizers.
Follow Tina Blazer’s board Things to do with shoe organizers on Pinterest.

Are you also a fan of shoe organizers? How do you like to use them?

Photo courtesy of Daryl Mitchell, used under a Creative Commons license.

Organizing the Mud Room {A Room A Month}

by Tina ~ October 21st, 2015

Are you getting ready to feather your nest for this coming winter? The mudroom is not only the first stop to your home but it also gets much busier and fuller as the temperature drops! Why not start your nesting here so you’ve got a spot for everything that goes in and out of your house on a daily basis?

Craftsman Entry by Palo Alto Architects & Building Designers FGY Architects

Just think how much tidier life would be with designated homes for…

… Footwear

Shoe racks or shelves encourage family members to remove footwear as soon as they come in, so you don’t end up with wet and dirty footprints tracked throughout your home.

Maximize your footwear space by using floating or mounted shoe storage so you can put a boot tray underneath.

… Coats, Bags and Outdoor Accessories

Everyone is more likely to hang up their coats, keeping them off the furniture and the floor, when you provide handy hooks. Mounting lower ones for kids and higher ones for adults saves space while making your system more user-friendly.

The same hooks can be used to keep all kinds of things off the ground: backpacks, umbrellas, dog leashes, scarves, mittens and so on, but in some cases, baskets on shelves might be more practical.

Contemporary Entry by Scarsdale Interior Designers & Decorators Clean Design

You can decide whether it makes more sense to have one basket for each type of item or one for each family member. Just make sure you designate what is to go in each basket, and label them accordingly.

… Keys

Placing keys in a basket or bowl or hanging them on a key rack means you’ll always be able to find them, eliminating unnecessary delays when you head out the door.

… Mail

Designating a basket or shelf for incoming mail reduces the risk that bills will get misplaced, leading to costly late fees.

Other Ideas

Do you like to stand up while you’re putting on your shoes or boots? Neither do I. A comfy bench makes it so much easier, and can be a handy place to set down your bag while you’re helping younger kids to put on or take off their outdoor gear – much better than the floor! You might even find one that has storage inside for toys, or out of season outerwear!

Transitional Entry by Calgary Home Builders Rockwood Custom Homes

For an even tidier mud room, try TRONES storage cabinets from IKEA. Designed to hold six pairs of shoes, these wall-mounted units are great for hats, gloves, scarves, and other small items too. There’s even a recessed area on top that’s a great spot for your keys, pocket change and cell phone.

I love finding lots of ways to use great tools. How To Use IKEA Trones Storage Boxes in Every Room of the House shares lots of creative inspiration for how to use this great cabinet .

Even if there’s no mud room in your home, you can apply these same ideas to your own entryway.

For more on this subject, read my earlier posts Five Ways to Stop Clothing Clutter At The Door and Three Ways to Stop Paper Clutter At The Door, and check out my Pinterest board, Come On In.

Getting Ready for Dorm Life: Tips and Tricks for Organizing Small Spaces

by Tina ~ August 19th, 2015

Life in the Dorm: Tips and Tricks for Organizing Small SpacesGoing away to college or university is often seen as a rite of passage, the first time living away from home for many young people.

If you’re not prepared, it can come as a bit of shock to arrive on campus with your personal belongings, only to discover that there just isn’t enough space for everything. A little advance planning can go a long way, so I’ve created this five-step guide to help you through this exciting moment in your life.

Step 1: Obtain as much information as possible from your school’s Housing Department.

Common questions include:

  • Are furniture and bed linens provided, or do you need to bring your own?
  • Are there any restrictions on what you’re allowed to bring?
  • What is the size and shape of your room?
  • What amenities are available in common areas?

You can probably find most of these details on the school website, but don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and call if you can’t find the answers you need.

Step 2: Get in touch with your roommate (if applicable).

With limited space, it probably doesn’t make sense for both of you to bring large items such as TVs and printers. See what arrangements you can make. Perhaps you can share the costs of renting a mini-fridge.

Step 3: Draft a floor plan.

As you might have done with your bedroom at home, map out your space, planning zones around your habits and preferences. Since you’ll be spending many hours studying and working on your computer, pay particular attention to lighting, both natural and artificial.

Step 4: Create a master list of everything you’ll need in your dorm room.

DormSmart’s free printable Dorm Room Checklist for College includes some great ideas for maximizing space in your dorm room. I especially like these:

  • Collapsible storage bins to use on shelves, under your bed, and in your closet
  • Storage hooks to hold book bags, purses, jackets, towels, etc.
  • Storage caddies for school supplies, makeup, etc.

You probably won’t need or have space for everything they suggest, so be realistic!

Speaking of being realistic, when you’re deciding what clothes and other personal items to bring, keep these two things in mind:

  1. What will you do while you’re away at school? There’s not much point in bringing hobby supplies if your time will be filled with part-time work, academic and social activities.
  2. How often will you be returning home? It may be more practical to bring only what you need in between trips, and to swap seasonal clothing as needed.

Step 5: Review your master list and create a separate list for items you need to purchase.

You might be better off shopping for some things locally after you’ve arrived on campus. This will give you a chance to make sure you really need and have the space for them, and eliminates transporting large items.

Bonus Tip: Be flexible.

Remember that no matter how much you plan, you may run into changes that are beyond your control.

Perhaps you were expecting a room on your own, and you end up sharing with someone else. Or the room isn’t quite the size you were told. Just roll with the punches, and don’t let it spoil this exciting time in your life.

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How to have a really good camping trip

by Tina ~ July 1st, 2015

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy... here’s how to have a really great camping trip!

Now that summer’s here, you may be thinking about going camping. There’s nothing like some well-deserved R&R!

But before you throw everything in your car and drive away, remember that camping is just like any other aspect of your life – a little planning and organization will go a long way.

I went camping last summer for the first time since I was a kid, and discovered a few tricks that made for a much more enjoyable experience.

Must Brings

In addition to basics such as rope, tarps, water, and playing cards, we found that folding buckets, water jugs, and small tables – pretty well anything that folds so it doesn’t take up a lot of space in your car – are great.

A large plastic sheet to place on the ground when you are emptying the car allows you to lay everything out while you’re setting things up without putting it on the dirty ground.

Double Duty

A Frisbee can be used as a fire-fan as well as a fun pastime!

A large umbrella can be used to keep away rain, catch water, block the sun, or as a prop for kids’ games.

Cool, Useful and Space Efficient Gadgets

  • Zippered, netted food covers
  • Bungee cords
  • Picnic bench covers and clips
  • Tie wraps – for securing during high winds or travelling, when rolling up stuff for packing up
  • Collapsible prep bowls
  • Mini crazy-glues

Fun Food

One of the best parts of a vacation is eating different food than you eat at home. Smores are a traditional camping favourite, but you may want to also bring along some special drinks and appetizers,  just in case the cooking dinner over the fire takes longer than expected.

Camping Décor (crazy, I know!)

When you set up camp, you’re building your temporary home, so you need to utilize the space you have available as efficiently as possible. Why not create an ambiance and purpose for each area you set out for yourself? There are many ways you can accomplish this.

Lighting is a fun and easy way to use to create space and purpose, whether you use solar lighting for patio lanterns, ground illumination to create pathways, reflectors, candles, or a combination of these.

Flooring such as patio rugs or rice mats outside the entrance will help keep the dirt out of your tent or RV.

Positioning: Create a triangle with your tent, car, and picnic table to define your space.

RV Space-Saving Tricks

Camping in an RV is a lot different than camping in a tent, because you have so many more amenities. Although space is still at a premium, you can make the most of it by using one or more of the following products:

  • The Smart Dryer provides 30 feet of drying space in a small area.
  • The Stove Topper acts as a cutting board or extra counter space when you need it.
  • The Extend-A-Shower rod gives you more room to shower and can also be used to drip dry bathing suits, towels, or laundry.

Are you thinking of staying home this summer because you can’t stand the thought of coming back to the clutter? Contact me to find out how Spot On Organizing can help you.

Photo courtesy of DeaShoot, used under a Creative Commons license

How to Save Money and Your Peace of Mind while Moving

by Tina ~ June 10th, 2015

moving box with organizational labelYou’ll never hear someone say, “I love moving!” It’s tiring, unsettling, and expensive if not carried out thoughtfully. All of us can recount stories of frustration, exhaustion or expense that we or someone we know experienced during a move. I’ve heard quite a few of those stories myself.

If a move is in your future, these four strategies will help you to keep it both efficient and cost-effective.

Tina’s Top Tips for Packing and Moving

  1. Edit, edit, edit. De-clutter and purge before you begin packing. Don’t pay movers to move stuff you really don’t need!
  2. Buy proper moving boxes. Don’t try and use liquor or grocery store boxes; they’re not quite the right sizes.  Uniform boxes allow the movers to pack their truck more space-efficiently, saving them time, and you money.
  3. Don’t pack too early. No need to live in amongst moving boxes a month before the big day. If you hire professionals, a good team can pack an entire house in 2-3 days.
  4. Beware of moving companies who un-pack for you. They usually provide a service called “pack to a level surface”.  This means they will simply unpack all of your belongings onto any counter, table or floor surface available – and then you are left with your belongings spread out all around your house.  Pretty overwhelming – that’s usually when we are called in to help!

Have thoughts of moving got you feeling overwhelmed? Professional Organizers can help you create and execute a personalized moving plan:

  • Sort and help purge what no longer fits into your life
  • Provide a plan for what to sell, donate or recycle
  • Recommend competent movers, provide reputable trades, source affordable suppliers, etc.
  • Work with you at your new home with decisions on furniture, space planning, room flow and décor
  • Pack your possessions efficiently and safely so they’re easily found in the right room

Contact me to book your free 30 minute in-home consultation.

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Organizing Cosmetics and Toiletries

by Tina ~ May 27th, 2015

Is your bathroom or dresser top overrun with cosmetics and toiletries? How much time do you waste every day trying to track down just the right eye pencil or lipstick?

too much make-up

Today I’m going to help you regain control over your personal products with my three-step process.

Step 1: Eliminate what you don’t need

It is often said that we use 20% of our things 80% of the time. This certainly applies to cosmetics.

How often have you bought make-up, only to get home and realize it wasn’t the right shade for you? And what about all those free samples and gifts you’ve received with purchases? Not to mention small bottles of lotions and shampoos brought home from hotel stays!

So let’s start by gathering everything up and seeing exactly what you have. You should be able to group them into the following categories:

1 – Toss:

  • Anything past the expiry date on its label
  • Nail polish that has separated or dried out
  • Anything that smells “off”

Many labels don’t have expiry dates, so for guidelines on how long cosmetics should be kept, check out Good Housekeeping’s Have Your Beauty Products Gone Bad?

Please note that nail polish, nail polish remover, aftershave, perfume, and other alcohol-based lotions are considered hazardous household waste. In Toronto, these items should be taken to your nearest Drop-off Depot or a Community Environment Day for safe disposal.

2 – Donate:

  • Unopened packages that you will never use
  • Anything you’ve purchased in bulk that exceeds your anticipated usage

If you’re feeling really ruthless, consider unloading these five beauty products you don’t need.

The following are some of the organizations in Toronto that accept donations of unused cosmetics and/or toiletries:

Thanks to Olivia Ha Makeup & Hair for compiling this list! Visit Olivia’s blog for additional details.

For health reasons, most places will not accept open packages, but the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) takes opened and half-used toiletries. Otherwise, you may be able to pass them on to a friend or family member. If you do, keep in mind that eye makeup should never be shared due to the risk of contamination.

3 – Keep:

  • Items you use regularly

See how much shorter this list is than the previous two? Once you’ve pared down your collection, it’s going to be so much easier to organize what you have left!

Jen at IHeart Organizing has an idea to free up even more space: she combined like products into one container and recycled the newly emptied bottles – brilliant!


Step 2: Organize what you are keeping

Once you’ve identified the items you use regularly, group them together based on how and when they are used. Typical groupings are:

  • Day-to-day toiletries used in the bathtub of shower, e.g. shower, conditioner, body wash
  • Toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss and related items
  • Facial care products, e.g. cleanser, moisturizer, masks
  • Everyday makeup
  • Special occasion makeup

Keeping similar items together will cut down on the time it takes you to get ready to go out, but it will also be easier to keep track of what you have, so you won’t run out of supplies or buy them before they’re actually needed.


Step 3: Contain and store

As shown in these photos, you can keep your daily necessities close at hand without having them scattered all over the bathroom!

Spaces by Bonita Kitchen & Bath Designers Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS
  • Lazy Susans
  • Hanging organizers
  • Sliding or stacking baskets or drawer units under the sink

But you don’t have to stick with conventional methods! Why not try one of these really creative ideas?

  • Affix a sheet of galvanized steel to the back of your medicine chest to hold magnetic hooks and small plastic cups with magnetic bottoms to corral small items (Source: Martha Stewart)
  • Use a spice rack to hold perfumes, lotions, face wash and other items (Source: IHeart Organizing)
Contemporary Bathroom by London Interior Designers & Decorators Clare Gaskin

Do you have a creative idea of your own? We want to hear about it, so please leave a comment!

photo credit: via photopin (license)

Laundry’s Gotta Get Done!

by Tina ~ April 30th, 2015

One thing that all my clients (and I) have in common, whether they live alone or with a large family, is LAUNDRY. It’s a necessary part of life, but with an organized routine and laundry room, it doesn’t have to be a major undertaking.

laundry basket

 photo credit: Day 86: “Laundry Night” via photopin (license)

Organizing Your Laundry Routine

Some people let their laundry accumulate all week and blitz it all in one day. If that works for you, great! But if you’re finding you can’t get through it all or if you’re tired of giving up a whole day to laundry, there are other approaches that might work better for you. One option is to toss a load in the washer before you head out in the morning, transfer it to the dryer when you get home, and put it away after dinner. This will allow you to stay on top of the laundry without eating into time you’d rather be spending on something else.

Save time sorting by having separate hampers for whites and darks, whether they’re in a central location or you have a set in each bedroom. Even young children can learn to put their dirty clothes in the right hamper. Keep a separate basket for items that need to be hand-washed, and designate a spot to place dry cleaning so it doesn’t get forgotten.

Instead of placing all the clean laundry in one container, keep a set of stackable baskets on hand. Use one for each room and sort the items accordingly. This will save you handling everything more than once.

You can sort, fold, and even iron clean clothes in front of the TV so you don’t feel like you’re giving up your evenings to laundry.

Teaching teenagers to do their own laundry will cut down on your workload and eliminate complaints that their favourite outfit isn’t clean when they want to wear it. At the same time, you’re preparing them for adulthood!

Make it easy for children of all ages to keep their clean clothes off the floor so they don’t end up in the laundry needlessly. Regularly removing clothing they’ve outgrown from closets and dresser drawers will keep those spots from becoming overcrowded and hard to access. You might also consider placing a coat tree in your child’s room or attaching hooks to the wall, making sure they are at an appropriate height.

Even if you have your own laundry equipment, laundromats are a great option for those times when you have an overwhelming amount of washing to do, such as after returning from a family camping trip, so you can do several loads at one time.

If you need to go to a laundromat or the laundry room in your condo or apartment complex, try to go at off-peak hours if your schedule allows it.

Organizing Your Laundry Room

Like any other job, laundry will be much more enjoyable if you have a pleasant environment to do it in.

Natural lighting is ideal, but isn’t always an option. Just make sure that your laundry room is well lit so you can identify and properly treat spots and stains before they go through the wash cycle.

Use your laundry room to store anything related to maintaining your clothing, such as mending supplies and spare hangers.

Housing detergent, fabric softener, spot removers and other products behind closed doors will keep them away from small children, keep your laundry room tidy, and allow you to keep tabs on when you need to buy more.


Contemporary Laundry Room by Redwood City General Contractors K.G.Bell Construction

As shown in the above photo, it’s not necessary to have a large laundry room to be organized, but if you have the space for one, a table or countertop will provide you with a great flat surface for sorting and folding clean laundry.

Create a spot for hanging articles that can’t go in the dryer, whether it’s a rod with hangers, a collapsible rack, or a retractable clothesline.

A foldaway ironing board will also save space and keep your laundry area neat, while making it easily accessible when needed.

Keep a couple of small baskets in the laundry room – one to hold stray socks until their mates reappear (unless you’ve taken my advice about buying all socks the same) and one to hold small objects that you remove from pockets. Of course, you don’t want to leave these things in the baskets indefinitely, but it’s better to give them a temporary home than to let them clutter up your laundry room where they’ll get forgotten. Labelling your baskets will make it even easier for you and other family members to keep track of things.

Assign each family member a specific sock colour. Not only does this speed up the sorting process, but you can usually save money by buying multipacks. When all socks are the same, if one goes missing or gets holes it in, it can still be matched up with others from that pack.

What’s your secret to keeping laundry under control?

“Get to work” – Setting up a Home Office

by Tina ~ March 18th, 2015

As computers play an increasingly important role in our lives, the home office has become an essential space for many families. Whether you have the opportunity to do some or all of your job from the comfort of home, run a home-based business, or simply need a spot to manage your household finances, you’ll be more productive when you have a comfortable and distraction-free place to work.

As with any organizing project, your first step is to plan your space.

If you happen to have a spare room, you don’t have to look too hard for your ideal spot, but don’t worry if you don’t. With a little imagination, you may find another area that can either do double duty or be converted to a home office. Here are a few examples:

  • Spare bedroom: Replace the bed with a sofa-bed so you can see clients in your office and still use the room for overnight guests as needed.
  • Landing: Some houses, especially older ones, have enough space at the top of the stairs for a small work area.
  • Dining room: Place the table next to a wall to use as a desk and move it out from the wall when you’re entertaining. A portable filing unit can easily be moved out of sight on those occasions.
  • Closet or alcove: Install shelves to create a compact home office.
Transitional Home Office by Boston Interior Designers & Decorators Twelve Chairs

If there’s simply nowhere for you to set up a dedicated office space, consider investing in an attractive armoire desk that will house your computer and other office supplies. Because you can close it up when you’re not working, it can sit in your living room or bedroom without interfering with your décor or your personal activities.

Eclectic Home Office

Be sure that your desk or workstation includes enough flat workspace for spreading out papers, assembling product orders, or any other tasks you may need to do. Proper lighting and a comfortable ergonomic chair are also essential, especially if you’ll be spending many hours on your computer.

You don’t have to break the bank to outfit your home office. Some people have created their own desk by placing one or more boards across two small filing cabinets. There are also many places in Toronto to purchase good quality used furniture, including Of Things Past, Elegant Garage Sale and foc!

Even if you don’t need a lot of workspace and are comfortable just using your laptop or tablet in whatever room strikes your fancy, I recommend that you have a dedicated spot to keep it when it’s being charged or not in use, as well as to store your files and office supplies.

When creating your home office, in addition to being functional, you’ll want it to be a comfortable room where you can enjoy working. Enhance your space with plants, artwork, desk accessories and office supplies that suit your personality. Office Candy has a great selection of fun file folders and other items to help you personalize your home office. Depending on your work style, you may also appreciate a bulletin board and/or desk blotter covered in fabric or wallpaper to match your décor.

Setting up your home office is just the beginning – you’ll need to develop strategies to organize it and help you to keep it that way. For inspiration, read about my work in Becky’s Studio and Steve’s Office and consider ways to adapt their systems to your own office.

Need help getting started? Contact me to find out how Spot On Organizing can help you.