Tips To Organize Your Home Office
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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