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The Ultimate Home Office Storage Solutions Quiz
by Staff
For those who work from home, one of the major problems is organizing your storage needs. If you are a naturally well-organized person, that's great -- but the rest of us need some good ideas. Check out this quiz to see how you can improve your storage organizing abilities.

Why be organized?

  • It will make you appear busy.
  • It will help you get things done on time.
  • A home business is disorganized by definition.

What should you do about the never-ending flow of incoming paper?

  • Keep the papers together until you have time to check them.
  • Throw out bills and file the rest.
  • File the papers well.

Should you organize bills in any particular way?

  • Just pay them when you get a chance.
  • Separate them into categories according to urgency.
  • Place the bills for which reminders are sent at the bottom of the pile.

If you find you need more storage space, what would be an economical solution?

  • Buy inexpensive storage boxes.
  • Buy more drawers.
  • Dump as much paperwork as you can in a large box.

Would you use jewelry boxes?

  • No, they would attract attention of burglars
  • Not really, people may get the wrong idea about the business.
  • Yes, they look good and can be easily stacked.

Is it a good idea to mark the storage boxes clearly?

  • Why spoil the fun of discovering where stuff is?
  • It would make it easier to find stuff.
  • Don't ruin a good box by writing on it!

Does a normal jumble of cords present a problem?

  • A jumble of cords makes a positive aesthetic statement.
  • Cords work better when they are jumbled together.
  • Unplugging a specific appliance can be a problem.

What is the most efficient way of identifying the cord of a particular appliance?

  • Label them.
  • Buy different colored chords.
  • Insert colored pins in the cords.

If you were given four baskets, how could you use them to make life easier in your home office?

  • Use one for different days of the week.
  • Divide mail into bills, correspondence, outgoing and junk.
  • Use one for coffee cups, one for cookies, one for tissues and the fourth for the telephone.

Once you have completely finished with paperwork containing personal information, what should you do with it?

  • Mail it to a fictitious address and it will get lost in the system.
  • Strike out relevant information with a black marker and recycle it.
  • Shredding is fun.

How can you efficiently cut down on piles of paper?

  • Divide the big pile into a number of smaller piles.
  • Cut out the relevant information from the paper and discard the rest.
  • Go paperless.

Assuming you save your documents as electronic data, is it safe enough to store that data only on you home computer?

  • A Macintosh is completely reliable.
  • A computer can breakdown or be hacked.
  • You are safe as long as you use a safe browser.

What is the most readily accessible and cost-efficient backup?

  • external hard drive
  • a laptop computer
  • a second hard drive in the computer

How can you use the walls to get organized?

  • Nail all your pieces of paper to different sections of the wall.
  • Turn the walls into chalkboards and write all you need on them.
  • Knock holes in the wall to act as cubby-holes.

Do you think the previous solution was a really good one?

  • Sure, anyone coming into your office will immediately know all there is to know about your business.
  • Only if you have all four walls the same color.
  • Providing you love grey or green, it could work.

Is there any real advantage to the chalkboard idea?

  • Chalkboards return you to your school days and memories of long-lost discipline.
  • Have you tried to lose a wall?
  • You contribute to the profitability of paint manufacturers.

How can you organize your electronic gadgets?

  • Keep a note on the wall giving the location of each item.
  • Tape them together and hang them near the door.
  • Use an electronic valet.

Is there anything from a workshop that could help you organize?

  • an unused sink
  • a pegboard
  • an old window ledge

Assuming you go for something like a pegboard, what do you do about things that don't have holes?

  • Drill holes in all the hole-less objects.
  • A coat of magnetic paint and magnets glued to those objects will do it.
  • Attach a small box to the pegboard.

What would you do with old magazines apart from throwing them out?

  • Store them in magazine storage boxes.
  • Nail them to the grey chalkboard painted walls for some colorful relief.
  • Add cement to them so they can serve as bookends.