How to Keep Your Home Office Organized

Starting your day in a neat, organized office can make your productivity soar. It makes you want to go to work. Who wants to be greeted with a work surface piled high with papers and unopened mail, a stack of unfiled documents in the corner, old coffee cups and newspapers? How nice it would be to see only your computer, fax machine, phone and maybe a stapler on your desk. Well, that’s all you should see when your day begins, so let’s get organized!

First, make sure the walkway to your office is cleared of storage boxes or unused equipment. If these things are not used on a daily basis they can be stored somewhere other than your workspace, such as a closet or an attic. Maybe some of these items can even be discarded. Getting rid of any excess clutter can make your office feel more spacious and inviting.

Next, clear everything off your desktop. Group loose documents that should be filed together, shred first drafts of final documents, discard papers that are no longer relevant to projects you are working on or have finished, and group together pens, pencils, etc. You get the idea. Throw away old newspapers or notes that you have made for completed tasks. Make a “to do” file for items that need attention.

Be sure to buy drawer organizers to keep things such as paperclips, stamps, and writing devices in order. Color-coded files can be useful for locating documents quickly. You might want to use bins for storing stationary, copy paper, extra cords, etc. that might clutter your desk drawers.

Don’t forget to label your bins, shelves and folders so that you will know immediately where to find something when you are looking for it. You can use a bulletin board or dry erase board for important notes or reminders. You can also use a planner that you keep with you at all times. You can check it in the morning to see what has to be done that day, clients you have to see, appointments you have to keep, or calls you have to make. It’s also great to have when you’re waiting somewhere, such as a doctor’s office, if you have a great idea that you want to jot down or remember something that needs to be done.

Keeping an organized, well-run office reflects in everything you do. It portrays you as put-together, efficient and capable. Being orderly can have a lasting affect on your business and your life.

Happy Organizing!


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