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Making smart use of every square inch of a home remains essential. This may account for an uptick in pocket offices: little work spaces in a kitchen corner, stairwell, or hallway that put small but appealing places to good use. Pocket offices are a great way for busy parents to stay at the center of the ac­tion while paying bills or getting work done, and can make smart use of transitional spaces, too. Laptop and hand-held devices enable an office to be anywhere you want, provided there’s decent light, a flat surface, and a place to sit.