25 Sep Handy Tips to Keep your Home Office Organised
Working from home sounds great – Unless your home office is an unorganised cluttered mess then it’s likely to hinder how productive you are.
If you’ve got stacks of paper work mounted high on your office desk and you keep hoarding broken pens, then fear not you’re certainly not alone. We’re going to help you declutter.
Follow these handy tips to help keep your clutter under control and your home office organised:
Step 1: Put an Organisational System in Place
Stacks of filing and out of date paperwork is common in every office, but if you tame your paperwork mountain it will be easier to organise in the future.
You need to:
- Sort and categorise business and personal paperwork
- Create filing systems that work for you
- Declutter and organise stationery
- Identify and shred out of date paperwork
There are a variety of tools you can use that will help you:
- A filing rack to hold current project
- Filing cabinets to file away your work
- A bin and a shredder to dispose of your private documents
Once you’ve put your system in place you need to establish a workflow to ensure you keep your organisational system running effectively. When a project comes in, you might start by leaving these unread in your inbox. Then after a day or two you can move this into your file rack with projects you’re currently working on. When you have completed the project it goes into your filing cabinet. After a couple of years depending on your business and how long you’re required to keep the documentation, it can then move to the recycling bin.
Step 2: Clear your Office Desk
The purpose of cleaning your home office is to help you get organised. The best place to start is your office desk where you spend most of your time – the main culprit!
Start with a clean slate, take everything off desk except your computer, printer and phone. If this is the first time you’ve seen your desk for a good few months you will need to give it polish as you will have accumulated a lot of dust.
Then, go through every item that was on your desk and consider how often you use it. Once a day? Once a week? Once a month? Never? If you don’t use the item at least once a week, put it away in a drawer or cupboard to help keep the space on your desk clear.
Step 3: Throw it Away
One of the main reasons why home offices get so cluttered is due to the owner either refusing or not taking the time to throw things away. Take a few minutes to bin everything in your office that you’re no longer using.
Here are some things you need to throw away:
- Outdated documents
- Broken pens
- Unused or broken equipment
- Old magazines and newspapers
If you’re unsure when to throw away certain documents here’s some advice:
- Investment statements – 1 year or until your year-end statement arrives
- Tax documents – 7 years (or forever if you have the space)
- Bank statements – 1 year
- Credit card statements – 1 month
Step 4: Tidy Cables
Do you have a trail of wires and cables taking over your office? Having too many cables is not only a health and safety hazard, but it can also cause a fire danger and make your office more cluttered.
To reduce the number of cables in your way, put away any electronic equipment you don’t frequently use or no longer use at all. Use as many wireless devices such as your mouse, keyboard and printer to reduce cable clutter.
The cables you are left with bind these together with cable ties so they all stay in one place, out of your way. Route the wires through cable port holes in your desk and make sure they are behind your desk away from where someone might trip over them.
Step 5: Keep Essential Items Handy
You waste valuable time whenever you have to search through your desk or get up and walk to your cupboard to root for supplies you regularly use. Every time you pull out a pen and leave it on your desk, you’re adding to the clutter.
Always keep your most important tools handy. Having a desk with drawers or built in storage to hide away your pens, pencils, dictionary and note pads will help keep your desk organised.
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