Blaine Lippert’s home office is a narrow desk wedged between two windows at his East Moline condominium. It provides storage and enough room for two computer monitors.

JAN TOUNEY, FOR THE TIMES

Keeping clutter under control in any office is a challenge, but even more so when your office is at home.

“Simplify” is the advice of Blaine Lippert, who writes romance novels as a hobby from his East Moline condominium.

His home office is a 30-inch-wide desk and hutch combination sandwiched between two tall windows. A short filing cabinet doubles as a side table for his recliner.

Lippert, who is retired from Deere and Co., has a daily routine of going through his paperwork, deciding what gets recycled, what gets shredded and what gets filed. It’s essential to keep the paper under control as his glass-topped dining table also serves as an overflow work area.

“I try to keep it organized,” he said.

Keeping paperwork under control keeps the stress level down, too, said Lippert, a widower, whose wife, Sue, passed away in 2014.

“I’m retired; I want to enjoy life,” he said. “I don’t have a deadline.”

Reader’s Digest offers the following rules to get more done when working from home.

• Create a work-zone/office.

• Work regular hours.

• Check in with work – frequently.

• Take a lunch break.

• Don’t clean.

• Keep errands to a minimum.

• Keep a routine.

• Aim to leave the house at least once per day.

• Don’t volunteer too much.

• Stay professional.

— Jan Touney

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