Organize Your Home Office For Success
Expert Strategies That Can Work for You
Lisa Kanarek, founder of WorkingNaked.com, recently asked me to review her new book, Organize Your Home Office For Success. As we discussed the details, I had to warn her about my brutal honesty, regarding reviews of books, eBooks, and other products – even when I’m conducting the review for a friend – a friend like Lisa.
While readers won’t likely come across any negative reviews on my websites, I do give negative reviews. It’s just that I send those to the author I’m reviewing and they never actually make it to the public.
I think it’s only fair.
So as you read through this review, please keep in mind that I never promote products, services, or books that I don’t find thoroughly useful, helpful, or enjoyable.
Readability and Appeal
Kanarek writes in an easy to follow, easy-going style. Right from the first chapter, she sets her reader up for success by honestly and simply including the advantages and disadvantages associated with each aspect of working from home. By the end of the first chapter, you’ll know for sure whether working from home is right for you.
She styles the rest of the book in a similar format with “sticky note” graphics throughout that emphasize important points in each section. Kanarek includes photos of various home office configurations, furniture choices, and organizational systems.
Available in both eBook and traditional print formats, the book is reasonably priced at $7.99 for the Kindle edition and $14.95 for the paperback version.
My Favorite Things
It’s difficult to choose a favorite chapter or topic in this book, as each part delivers solutions to age-old problems and issues faced by anyone with more than five personal items to call his or her own.
But if I must –
I have to say that Chapter 3, Arranging Your Workspace; Chapter 5, Clearing Off Your Desk; and Chapter 7, Home Office Filing Systems receive speak to me the most. Each person will likely have their own favorite sections or topics, but the solutions Kanarek delivers in these three chapters changed my outlook and my perception of my workspace.
I’ve always had some sort of office space at home, but have worked full-time in my home office since January 2010. Friends, family and acquaintances alike have always told me they admire my organization skills – both in home and office spaces and time management. So, I’ve always considered myself efficiently organized and not in need of any major changes to the way I do things.
Think again, Sam!
This picture of my nicely organized office space presents a clear picture of how my space looks. Most of the time. The small organizational inconsistencies in my office rob me of my peace and sanity. Until I read Chapter 7 about home office filing systems, I thought everyone had meltdown moments because their filing system, while methodically planned, became periodically overwhelming.
Kanarek’s section in the chapter entitled, Finding the Right Filing System For You, helped me overcome the overwhelming stress I felt when trying to fit a new client or category into my imperfectly planned system.
“The key to filing is to make the system fit your needs and to make it easy to find the papers you need,” says Kanarek. “I’ve seen people make amazing transformations.”
My system certainly did not fit my needs. Here she lays out the three basic types of filing systems that everyone’s familiar with: alphabetical, categorical, and numerical. The beauty is that she goes on in detail about sub-systems within each of these three and includes a set of rules and guidelines for each type along with simple-to-understand graphic illustrations.
Needless to say, I am one of the people who made an amazing transformation. I totally restructured my filing system based on Kanarek’s strategy for a categorical filing system. Now when I open my filing drawers, I breathe a sigh of relief as I easily find the documents I need, archive old things, and file new ones.
What I Didn’t Like About the Book
The book is so chock full of incredible solutions and advice from this incredible professional, I wanted to do it all at once!
OK, there’s nothing I didn’t like.
Despite my inability to get it all done at once, I feel significantly less anxious, due to the transformations I’ve already made. I’m taking a breather before tackling the advice in Chapter 9, The Electronic Home Office – another area where nearly everyone can use some fresh strategies for efficiency.
Win Free Stuff!
Enter my contest to win. Details –> here.
First place wins a free copy of Lisa Kanarek’s eBook, Organize Your Home Office for Success, (either in Kindle format or straight PDF) and a one-hour home office success Skype consultation with her – a $125 value. Second place will receive a paperback copy of the book. Third place will get a copy of Working Naked – A guide to the bare essentials of home office life, also by Kanarek.