Essential Tips for Keeping Your Home Office Organised
If you work from home, is your home office space organised or does it look like a chaotic mess? Does everything have a place where it can be tidied away, or do you have piles of papers, files and books all over every surface?
Many people who work from home don’t realise the importance of creating an organisation system for their home office. Working in a messy and cluttered office can really decrease your productivity and can cause you to waste a lot of time looking for things. Also, a disorganised office can allow other areas of life to sneak in so that you are distracted from your work tasks. In order to stop the clutter from draining your energy and productivity, it is important to create a system for keeping your home office organised.
Here are some tips to keep in mind for organising your office:
Get Rid of Those Piles of Papers
One of the first steps to organising your home office space is to eliminate all of those piles of papers on your desk and other surfaces. You might not have even noticed those piles accumulating over time – they simply build up whenever you place something on top of the pile rather than filing it away.
If the papers are important files, it can be helpful to invest in a storage solution such a filing cabinet for your home office. You can even order a filing cabinet online from websites such as John Lewis. Set up your filing cabinet so that you have a system for files, with different sections such as business receipts, tax documents, invoices, client information, etc.
Take each pile of papers and sort through it carefully one by one. If the document is important and needs to be stored, you can place it in your filing cabinet. If it is not necessary to keep it, the document should be shredded or recycled.
Now, when more documents come through your office in the future you can immediately file them where they belong or get rid of them, as there is no need to let a pile build up again on your desk.
Keep Essential Items Handy
Think about the items that you use on a daily basis and keep them within close reach in and on your desk. For example, this might include note pads, pencils, pens, your phone, etc. Whenever you need to grab these items, they will be within close reach. They don’t need to all be on the surface of your desk, as this will not leave a lot of room for working – they could also be in a top drawer at the front of your desk.
Also, you should think about the positioning of the equipment that you use. For example, if you use your printer daily – it should be within easy reach. If you don’t use it that often, it can be tucked out of the way. If you rarely ever use your scanner, it can be placed in the closet and taken out when you need it. When you are arranging your computer and your hardware, you should pay attention to where the drives, cords and trays are placed – so that they don’t clutter up the desk surface or get in the way of your leg room.
Remove All Non-Work Distractions
When you are organising your home office, it is also important to remove any distraction that is not related to your work. If you have forms that you need to fill out for your child’s school sitting on your desk or a domestic to-do list staring you in the face, it will be difficult to focus on work. There should be a clear boundary in your office where your home life ends and your work begins, or it will forever be distracting you from the task at hand.
These are just a few tips that will help you to keep your home office more organised – so that you can work in a neat and tidy environment free of any distractions.
If you are struggling with getting organised at home, procrastination has set in and you have dealines to meet, you could always consider renting a hot desk.
An office space you can rent by the hour when working from home just isn’t working for you!
About the author:
Tia Jordan is a home décor consultant, blogger and mother of two. She likes to write about clever tips that can make your home more beautiful and functional.