Finding space of your own for working at home.
My husband and I have a separate bedroom we use as an office space. Well, by that I mean, I have completely overrun a room in which my husband has a desk (ahem, a flat surface on which he sees fit to store things... including slingshots, legos, binoculars, etc...) with my own desk and crafting supplies.
I don't mind the setup because my desk faces a window and keeps his desk out of sight. I have to have a de-cluttered area to work efficiently. I use file folders for everything... I use the GTD system and when I say everything, I mean it. I'm a bit of an organizational freak when it comes to this. Juggling so many projects, though, it's really REALLY helpful else I would constantly forget about everything I'm supposed to do.
Anyway. I keep a desk, file cabinet, supply drawers, bookshelf, and craft supply shelf within easy reach. I dig this setup, but I really want to have my own office when we move into our home on the east coast. I want it to be strictly office space, especially because office space can be deducted, and that seems REALLY nice to me.
As much as I love my little office niche, I do often work on the couch while hubby watches TV or plays videogames. It's nice to be able to chat on occasion rather than sequester myself in my little space all the time. (Though, this is killer on my wrists.) I have to have a change of scenery every now and again for creativity to occur and to keep myself from getting edgy. Especially here in California with the crazy traffic (I'm from an itty bitty town) I'm kind of a shut-in, so office to couch usually does it for me, lol.
I think finding any little space you can to call your own and get into work mode is great to have if you're going to work from home. It doesn't matter if it's a corner of the living room, a special seat at the dining room table, a chair in the laundry room... just have SOME space that is your productive space and keep it kinda sacred.
Heck, I get some of my best writing and business ideas as well as research done in the bathtub on my Kindle or my phone. (I put them in Ziploc baggies... I'm waaaaay too clumsy to just take those things in there, lol)
Whatever works for you and your home, use it. For most at-home work, it really doesn't take a lot. Enough space to sit, keep a laptop or tablet, some paper, folders, and pens (and maybe a dry erase board) is usually plenty enough.
What about you? How do you find space to work at home? Do you have a delegated area or do you just work wherever?
(Oh, and any moms who have done it... does deducting office space, part of the internet bill, etc. really work as well as it's supposed to? I haven't done it yet, but I've got my fingers crossed pretty hard that it'll make at least some difference)