In my last post I talked about how you can organize your home office as a whole, and today I’m going to suggest ways you can organize your home office desk specifically.
Since this is the place where all the “magic” happens, I figured it needed its own post.
- The first step is to take a good, hard look at the top of your desk. Check out the pencil holder-are there too many writing utensils or not enough? Figure out just how many pens, pencils and highlighters you really need and deal with that issue now.
- Next step is to look at the papers on your desk. If you have a paper tray, is it allocated for a specific purpose or is it just operating as a catch all. Maybe you need one tray for incoming papers and another for outgoing papers. Determine what functions you need the paper trays to serve and make sure you have one for each purpose. Go through your existing papers and shred or re-file them.
- Now we’re going to peek inside those drawers. Let’s start with the junk drawer-is that really junk in there or are there items you use frequently? Purge items you don’t need and figure out a system for the rest. A drawer organizer works wonderfully for keeping office supplies in check. Look around your house for something you could use if you don’t have a drawer organizer. Small containers, kitchen utensil organizers, muffin tins and glass dishes work well. Be creative and look around (peek into other junk drawers if you have to!)
- Next step is to focus on your file folders. Do you have a system in place for filing papers? If you don’t have drawers at your desk for folders, consider some type of filing system. Cardboard boxes and milk crates work well. There are also very inexpensive (and cute!) filing containers available at Target, Wal-Mart and office supply stores. Consider color coding separate files for home, work and school (if there are school-aged children around).
- Make it pretty! Use colors you love, add a plant, small lamp, pictures and anything else that is pleasing to you on your desk. This will motivate and inspire you to keep on keeping on!
If you have any tips to organize your home office desk, feel free to add them in the comments below! 😉
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