Now that you’ve gotten your kitchen organized, it’s a great time to learn how to organize the home office to increase productivity.
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A home office can be designed for the work-at-home employee, and also for the person who pays the bills, keeps records, answers mail, and e-mail. Home offices can also be used by and designed for students.
The first step to organize the home office to increase productivity would be to figure out what your needs are. Think about what type of furniture, equipment, and privacy you’ll need and whether visitors will come into the office.
If you are creating an office in the corner of another room, try to blend the work space with the rest of the room and keep it clutter free. You can disguise your office by using an armoire. The doors open and it has shelves to store your equipment and supplies.
You can also put an office inside a closet. The closet should be at least 24 inches deep and you may have to add an electrical outlet. Use a stock desktop and install shelves to hold your supplies. Be sure to add a file cabinet, paper trays and a message board to customize the office space. For a file cabinet, you could use a storage ottoman, side table or wooden box instead of an unattractive file cabinet.
If you have a room that is used only as a home office, you have more flexibility in organizing and decorating it. Invest in furniture that maximizes storage (you’ll always need more storage than you think!) and keep everything you need within reach of your chair-no farther than 2 feet away. Keep books on your desktop or shelf and files in a file drawer or box near your chair.
A drawer can be used to store pens, pencils, stamps and paper clips. A drawer divider will help keep things in order inside the drawer. You could also use a desk organizer to store these items on the desktop.
Tame the wires of electrical equipment by running them up the leg and holding them in place with Velcro strips. There are also wire organizers that can be purchased to help keep them out of the way.
Place a tray or hutch on the desktop to keep papers organized.
Having a trash can and a shredder in the office will help keep the desktop from getting cluttered. Be sure to trash or shred any papers you don’t need.
Cardboard containers work well for hidden storage and magazine holders are great for holding magazines upright. Once the magazine holders are full, begin purging old issues to reduce clutter.
You will notice that once you organize the home office, you will be able to spend time working instead of searching for items or papers. When your home office feels good to be in, you’ll become more productive.
Which organizing tip is your favorite? Do you plan to implement any of these tips when you organize your home office? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section below. 🙂