You can accomplish most tasks in the home office with a computer, printer, scanner, fax machine, telephone, and paper shredder, says a 40+ year old Residential Cleaning Service in Evanston, Il. Most equipment has become so sleek and slim that your home office doesn't have to be consumed by bulky machinery and heavy cords, in order to function. The all-in-one machines, that combine printing, scanning, copying, and fax capabilities, are tremendous space savers.
Once you have your electronic needs taken care of, make sure that your office has all of the necessary wiring. You will need electrical outlets, power strips/surge protectors, telephone outlets, and data access equipment, which will provide a connection to the Internet. If you have a cable modem, you will need cable access: if you have a dedicated service line (DSL), you will need a phone jack near the computer.
To set up a wireless network, you'll need an Internet broadband connection such as a cable or DSL modem, a router, and a wireless card installed in your computer. Make sure a password is required to log on to your wireless connection, to protect from hackers. Be aware, that a wired connection is the safest one.
No matter how streamlined your equipment, you will still have multiple cords and wires to contend with. But they need not become a tangled mess. At the minimum, you can mount a power strip to the underside of your desk so the only cord that has to travel to the outlet is that of the strip. Then mount a coated wire basket ( available at home and office supply stores) beside the strip. Bundle lengths of wire with twist ties and arrange neatly in the basket. Attach tags to identify which machine each wire comes from. The above suggestions are promoted and in Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook and are followed by a 40 + year old Residential Cleaning Service in Evanston, Il.