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In many industries, working remotely from your apartment rental has become quite common. Many of the advantages are undeniable, especially when living in a big city. You don’t have to get up early to face a long commute to the office via congested interstates or embark on the hustle and bustle of mass transit. You don’t have to worry about skipping breakfast or packing a lunch. You don’t even have to get dressed! All you have to do is walk a few steps across your apartment rental to your home office. However, a major challenge of working from home is the ability to focus and prioritize. We've put together five tips to improve your productivity while working at home!

At the end of a long day, curl up with a good book to relax and take your mind off your troubles. If the weather’s too cold or hot to read in a sunny spot outdoors, you’ll love having a reading nook indoors to retreat to.

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Creating a reading nook isn’t expensive or hard if you use existing or secondhand furniture and follow the steps below.

A study space needs to have the perfect location and encourage relaxation and thought. Does your study space meet those requirements?

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If it doesn’t, or if you don’t have a designated space for studying at all, you can easily create one in your home. A quiet, organized corner may just be the ticket to earning better grades this semester.

If you’ve graduated recently, we can guess what kind of conversations you’ve been having with your friends and family. When they see you, people likely offer a bright “Congratulations!” followed closely by an inquisitive “Have you found a job yet?”

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If the answer is no, that question starts to get old – and after a few weeks, it’s downright annoying. We’ve been there, so we know getting your career started is hard, especially when you’re right out of school. Once you’ve thrown your graduation cap in the air, it’s time to buckle down and do some serious job searching – and what better place than your apartment? There’s an art to creating the perfect space to search for your dream job, and we’ve got a few pointers to make that happen.

Maintaining a neat and orderly home office can be a challenge. A home office can easily become a catch-all for the rest of your home's clutter. Next thing you know, you can't find that bill that must be paid, or last year's tax returns.

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But with these simple tips and a little effort, you can create and maintain a neat and orderly home office.

Home organization can seem like a daunting task, but when broken up room-by-room, it’s easier to tackle. Here’s how to divide and conquer to tame the mess. Bathroom No nonsense. Space is often at a premium in your bathroom, so it’s important to be firm and decisive about getting rid of things you don’t need. Toss out toiletries and equipment that you rarely use. In your medicine cabinet, limit yourself to just the essentials to keep your organization goals on track. Trust us, you can live without that seventh bottle of nail polish remover.

Space invaders. Nothing can make a room seem more like a mess than a cluttered countertop. Maximize valuable space on your vanity by utilizing utilitarian storage containers that hold multiple toothbrushes, toothpaste and other toiletries like hand soap and lotion. Hang a rectangular wire basket on the side of your vanity to hold your hair dryer and other gadgets.
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Clean sweep. Keep bottled cleaners organized by hanging a tension rod in your cabinet. These adjustable rods are available for cheap and are a great quick fix to keep tight spaces organized and the cleaners you use regularly within arm’s reach. For cleaning supplies you don’t grab on a regular basis, keep them in an easy-to-reach basket that can be stashed when finished.

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How your home office is designed can affect the amount and quality of work you complete in it. If you decorate the room with productivity in mind, chances are you’ll be successful in it. First, consider the location of your home office in your house. Place it as far away from distractive or noisy areas, such as the kitchen and family room, as you can. Try to not place it near the master bedroom, as you’ll want the two to be separate living spaces entirely.
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Once you have selected the space for your home office, choose a wall color that is calming and encourages thinking and organization. Clean neutrals such as cream, off-white and light taupe create a perfect nearly blank canvas for you to think in. Cool blues, sage green and gray are pleasing to the eye and enhance perception. Even darker or brighter blues encourage concentration, and browns and more neutral, less bold orange shades provide a sense of calm. Next, select the furniture and décor for your home office and decide where they will go in the room. Keep art and accessories simple and uncluttered, as they’ll be a major distraction otherwise. Add a couple of plants in the room to encourage clearer air in which to think.  If you don’t know where to start, here are home office décor suggestions for the major pieces:

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The Small Business Administration estimates that nearly half of all small businesses currently operating in the United States are classified as some type of home or apartment-based business. Downsizing related to a slowing economy, higher cost-of-living expenses, the desire to…

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