Keeping your home office organized isn’t always easy. For many professionals, their office space pulls double-duty, also serving as a playroom, dining table, or bedroom closet. Even if you have a separate office, you may not have as much space as you’d like, especially when it comes to storage. As a result, clutter builds up quickly.
Luckily, no matter what kind of home office you’re working with, there are steps you can take to get more organized. If you aren’t sure where to begin, here’s what you need to do.
Physical paperwork can be hard to manage and store. It isn’t uncommon to end up with large disorganized piles strewn around your desk or a large folder full of documents you plan to sort but haven’t.
If you want to rid your life of paperwork clutter, going paperless is the easiest option. Get a small scanner and upload anything that you don’t need physical copies of, sorting the documents into clearly labeled files on your computer or external storage device. Then, shred the papers and recycle them.
Invest in Some Storage
A few simple storage solutions can make a world of difference. For example, if you need to keep paperwork, get a filing cabinet, binders, or similar options. Having shelves available can also help you find homes for frequently used supplies or equipment, ensuring you can reach up and grab what you need while giving each item a home that isn’t on your desk.
If you have items you need occasionally, but not often enough to keep on your desk, consider some clear, stackable plastic bins. By making them clear, you can see what’s inside all without having to open them.
Take Advantage of Walls
Your wall space can be a valuable source of organizing opportunities. Along with shelving solutions, you can hang calendars to track your schedule, whiteboards for brainstorming, cork boards for notes, cups on hooks to hold supplies, and more.
If your walls are bare, consider how you can make use of them. Sometimes, a few hanging containers and boards are all it takes to turn your walls into organizational powerhouses.
Ditch Unnecessary Knickknacks
Having a few items around that make you smile is a good idea. If looking at something gives you a mood boost, keeping it nearby could be beneficial.
However, many professionals acquire knickknacks that don’t bring them much joy. If you have items that don’t bolster your mood or serve another purpose, consider getting rid of them. That way, you free up more space.
Box Everything Up, Then Throw Out What You Don’t Touch
If you want to take the organization to the next level, take everything in and around your home office and put it in boxes. When you need to use an item, remove it from the box, use it, then find it a permanent home in your home office area.
Continue that process for one month, removing items only as you need them and finding those items a place to stay. That approach lets you gauge what you do and don’t actually need. It’s a great way to identify whether you’re keeping something useful or if an item is lying around without a good reason. So, once that month is over, consider throwing everything else in the box away or move it to long-term storage.
Ultimately, by using the tips above, you can organize your home office. If you’d like to learn more, the staff at The Squires Group can help. Contact us today.