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Home Office Organizing Tips

Taxes, filing, inventories...sometimes you need to organize before you can start organizing!!

To help you make home office and home organizing a little easier, we spoke with Lisa Kanarek, home office organizing expert and author of Home Office Solutions: Creating a Space That Works For You. Here are her top recommendations about the things you can do today to get organized, save money and get ready for the year ahead:

WHN: How do you advise home office owners/homeowners on how to do a home inventory of their office?

Lisa K.: Start by listing all the important equipment you own – computer, fax, printer – it probably won't be much [in your home office]. Write down the year, when and where you bought it. I tell home office owners to [videograph] everything: grab a camera and just start taping everything. Keep one copy [of the footage] in your office and another offsite, in case a disaster hits your home.

WHN: Should you back-up your computer files, just in case?

Lisa K.: Every week you should do a back-up of your hard drive. You don't have to do everything, just do the new things you added in the past week. I use a flash-drive and do two back-ups and keep one on site and one offsite.

WHN: How should one get organized for tax time?

Lisa K.: Set up a filing system. Accordion files work well and label them according to month and category. If you're not sure what categories to use for labeling, look at your tax return from last year to see the categories you listed as deductions.

WHN: Should you keep receipts? How long should you keep files for?

Lisa K.: Keep a copy of all bills paid or at least keep a record. The IRS suggests you keep copies of important bills and financial files for at least 7 years.

WHN: What are the top three things someone should do to prevent identity theft?

Lisa K.: Have a cross-cut, confetti shredder and just get in the habit of shredding documents.
You should shred free credit card offers immediately because those are dangerous – they have your name and your address and the offer. Someone could open a credit card in your name right away. I was in the grocery store, in fact, and saw a lady who was using one of those offers' envelopes and on the back she had written her grocery list!
Also, remember to check your statements before paying them. There could be charges listed that you didn't make.

Be PreparedHome Grab-and-Go KitIf you were forced to evacuate your home and you only had three minutes, what would you grab? Make it easier on yourself by creating a Grab-and-Go kit packed with all the most important possessions and vital items for you and your family. Create a Home Emergency Exit PlanTake time now to create an emergency evacuation plan to employ in the event of a fire, disaster or other emergency. Create a Home Inventory ListIs this hard to do? Not at all. But if a disaster occurs, you'll wish you had done it.What to Do If the Power FailsHere are some helpful tips and suggestions about fires and the use of fire extinguishers. Need more? Talk to your local fire and police officials about safety training programs in your area. Remember - be safe and be smart.What to Know About NOAA Weather RadioInformation from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) about NOAA Weather Radio.Sample Home Inventory Lists Helpful RemindersThese forms may help you remember what was in your home. This will be crucial in the event of a theft, natural disaster or fire.What To Know When You're a RenterIf you're planning to rent, here are some things to consider and do before and after you sign the lease — and in case of a disaster. Mobile Homes Disaster Preparedness TipsIf you're one of the 22 million Americans that call a mobile or manufactured home "home," you're aware how important disaster preparedness is. In 2008, 45% of tornado-related deaths were people living in mobile homes.How to Display Your House NumberDon't hide your house! Know where to place your house number so it's visible.Home Office Organizing TipsTaxes, filing, inventories...sometimes you need to organize before you can start organizing!!Home Inspection TipsChances are, when you bought your last home, you hired a company to conduct a home inspection. But have you thought of having an expert inspect your home after you've lived there for awhile? Home Generator SafetyWhile home generators are handy for backup electricity in case of an outage, there are hazards to be aware of. 5 Easy Home Emergency Preparedness TipsHere's a list of five, easy emergency preparedness tips, direct from experts and people who have experienced a natural disaster first-hand.DIY at Home Safety SmartsWhether you're undertaking a huge renovation project or just hammering in a nail, it's better to be safe than sorry.Buying a Home SafeYou are looking for a way to protect your possessions and have decided to buy a safe. But what kind of safe should you buy?Create an Emergency Entertainment KitKeep kids busy in an emergency with these simple ideas.