How Do You Keep Your Home Office Organized?

According to the 2009 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® Member Survey, 72 percent of all practitioners maintain a home office. With  important business being conducted in the home, how do you stay organized? How important is it to keep business life and home life separate?

We want to hear your tips for keeping a home office in order! We also encourage you to send us photos of your home office.

Your feedback and images may be included in an article for REALTOR® Magazine’s April “List Issue.” The magazine is dedicating the month to tips and suggestions from our readers — the real estate pros!

Please e-mail your comments and photos to Contributing Editor Erica Christoffer at with your name, company, and city/state.

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  1. I get organized by keeping loose papers at a minimum. Here are some of the solutions I use:
    1, Keep your docs online. Scan, upload, digitize, or email your docs to SlideShare, Posterous, or Google Docs. You’ll never have to worry about computer crashes.
    2. Microsoft Exchange Server. My company offers this service. I add a contact to my Outlook and POOF it shows up on my Blackberry with NO SYNC REQUIRED. Works in reverse and with my calendar too.
    3. Microsoft OneNote. I don’t know how I lived without this for so long. I can even explain how cool it is. Watch a video here:
    4. Tabbed folders. This one is old school, but Mead folders with separators and brass tabs up top plus a two hole punch keeps my contracts in order.

    I’m still searching for the perfect virtual ToDo list. I’ve tried a bunch, but they’re all lacking a bit. I’d love to hear about it if you find a good one!