Take Time To Purge Your Home Office

Clear clutter home office organizing

Photo source: Rita H Cobbs

I’d love to invest in a storage facility. You know, the ones filled with storage units that people pay $120 a month to store $25 worth of stuff.

I know it’s hard to get rid of things like old client files, equipment so out-of-date they don’t make ink cartridges for it anymore, and stationery that you probably haven’t used in ten years. Do people even order business stationery anymore? [Read more…]

Snow…Who Cares? You Can Always Work From Home

Working from home when it's snowing

Winter is already taking the country by storm like crazed shoppers at the mall the day after Christmas. But for those of us who work in front of a roaring fire, in a guest room, or in a commute-free home office, it doesn’t matter what’s going on outside. Working from home is business as usual. [Read more…]

2014 Working Naked Home Office Gift Guide

The holidays are almost here and you may be thinking “What can I get for that special, hardworking someone who works from home?” and then you realize you can’t just buy gifts for yourself. After all, it is the season of giving and sharing. Here are a few ideas to help you get started on your quest for the perfect gift. [Read more…]

Busy Doesn’t Mean Productive

saving time working from homeA friend of mine who has owned her online clothing business for seven years starts each conversation with how busy and stressed she feels every day. She has a small staff, works crazy hours, and if she could hire someone to take bathroom breaks for her, she would.

Sleep isn’t one of the tasks on her To-Do list. She says that she can get by on four hours a night. In her world, the early bird catches the worm and annoys everyone around her who isn’t working half as hard as she works.

One day I convinced my friend to let me come to work with her on Bring Your daughter to Work Day. She doesn’t have a daughter, she’s tired of being tired, and I’m good at acting immature so there was no argument. [Read more…]

All Dressed Up: Comfort Meets Function

Source: Ashley Hackshaw

Source: Ashley Hackshaw aka Lil Blue Boo

The All Dressed Up  section is the most popular (and my favorite) part of this site. The reason I share these home office pictures isn’t to make anyone feel bad about his or her workspace. (I worked with a client who set up a home office in his bathroom, so I’ve seen it all.) [Read more…]

The Straight Poop About Working From Home

Straight poop working from home

I have a confession to make.

Actually, it’s a little embarrassing. [Read more…]

Bare Essentials: Making Your Desk More Interesting

As a product junkie, I’m always searching for what’s new, what’s useful, and what makes me think I should have thought of that. Here are a few of my new favorite things.

Desktop basketballPlay Time

I’m more of a football fan than a basketball fan and after spending most Friday nights watching my son play football, I’ve become somewhat of a football expert. And by expert I mean that I don’t turn to the other parents as much as I used to, to ask what just happened. But I’m willing to learn about a new sport and this desktop basketball game is the perfect teacher. It’s also an excuse for me to take a break from working. It comes with 10 mini basketballs, 2 basketball shooters and a multi- hoop stand. Tiny jerseys not included. [Read more…]

A Know-It-All Doesn’t Know Everything

Know-it-all

Last weekend at a BBQ (and by BBQ I mean an outdoor party where everyone was sweating) there was a woman I hoped I would never see again. I tried to avoid eye contact with her and pretend I didn’t see her (don’t judge), but near the end of the party I looked to my left and there she was.

Crap! I had to talk to her.

I never rarely avoid people, but this woman is like a walking “Cool Facts” app that you wish you hadn’t downloaded. No matter what the topic, from marriage, to kids, to why the Botox she uses is better than what others use (seriously?), she has to share her opinion.

You probably know someone like that. We all do. Those are the friends you take a little longer to answer when they call or text. They’re the ones who are so exhausting you have to refer to your list of excuses to avoid getting together with them. (Am I the only one with a list like that?) [Read more…]

All Dressed Up: The Write Office

I met Michelle Newman at a writers’ conference and when she mentioned something about her home office, I asked if I could feature it on Working Naked. She gave me a strange look that was somewhere between What the Hell? and She doesn’t look like she runs a porn site. After I described the site to her, she quickly agreed. It helped that we were at a cocktail reception and the wine was flowing freely. [Read more…]

You CAN Share a Home Office Without Plotting a Murder

I admire couples that can work from home together and not strangle each other by the end of the day. It’s not that I’m unreasonable, bitchy or territorial (at least not all of the time), but there’s no way I could stand to share a home office with my spouse.

Period.

Part of the reason I have issues with needing my own space is that I have four siblings. As the middle child, I never had my own room. Either my older sister or my younger, annoying sister (who is now my best friend), was my roommate. We had to share everything. [Read more…]