Home Office Organization

Tips To Organize Your Home Office

Posted on 2 Aug 2017 by

People spend a lot of time accomplishing work in their home office. With a cluttered workspace intimately tied to a lack of productivity, organization is key when it comes to getting things done. With that in mind, here are a few tips to help organize your home office for increased productivity and simply a beautiful home office.

  1. Organize Your Home Office Into Activity Centres

    Use the guide below to streamline your home office. In general, the home office should ideally be organized into three separate areas:

    ▪ The work centre, where you have your desk, computer and office supplies you tend to use a lot.

    ▪ The reference centre, which includes books, binders, manuals, etc.

    ▪ The supply centre, which includes office supplies.

    You may also want to add a file cabinet and a printer as well.

  2. Getting Paper Under Control

    One of the biggest obstacles to an organized home office is paper. As such, it is important that you have a system in place and utilize it. First and foremost, you have to have a home for all of your papers, whether that’s digitizing your files or storing them in a filing cabinet. It is also important to have your files clearly labelled and/or colour-coded for ease of use. You can also use a label maker.

    If you have a tendency to let your papers stack up, have a temporary space for papers (ideally off of your desk) until you can store them more permanently. A great option is to add a paper processing centre to your home office (more on this below). Having a paper shredder nearby is also an essential item to keep paper clutter at bay.

  3. Create a Paper Processing Centre

    A lot of the paper that piles up in home offices is undoubtedly mail. Having a paper processing centre is a good way to keep all of these papers organized. Have a folder for incoming mail/outgoing mail, mail to file away and bills. You can even have a file folder for each family member.

  4. Categorize All of Your Office Tools

    Keep all similar office tools in one place. For example, have a drawer for stamps, a drawer for pens/pencils, etc. You could even label your drawers, too. This organizational system will increase the functionality of your office and ensure that all items get placed where they belong.

  5. Utilize Wall Space

    A home office can get quickly cluttered when items don’t have a proper home. If a lack of space is what’s causing this, consider using wall space for calendars, filing systems, shelving and more.

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