It’s Spring Cleaning time and many of us our looking to clean and organize our home office. I know I am.
Working from home doesn’t mean you have to forego a professional or productive work environment! It may seem like a challenge to set your home office apart from the rest of your living space, but all it requires is a little time, thought and creativity. Just follow these easy steps to transform your home office into a pleasant, efficient and organized workspace.
- Manage your cables: You’ve probably found out through experience that the tangled cords under your desk are great at 3 things: trapping dust balls, making you look disorganized, and snagging your feet. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with that rat’s nest of cables lurking behind your workstation, so start organizing your office from the bottom up. Even if you’ve never thought it was possible to straighten out your office cables, give it a try. This project is super easy to tackle (even for beginners), and the results are very gratifying… all it takes is a little time, elbow grease and creativity! You can go about your cable management in a countless number of ways… everyone’s different. If you like things as simple and pared-down as possible, you can neatly bundle your cords with cable ties, or completely raise wires off the floor by sticking them to the underside of your desk with adhesive cord clips. For the more complex personalities, there are all sorts of cable management systems that mount directly onto your desk or a nearby wall. Bottom line: go with whatever works for you… any type of cord organization is better than none at all!
- Go wireless to de-clutter your desk: Now that you’ve got that mess under your desk cleared up, think about getting rid of the cord clutter on your work surface. Wireless keyboards and computer mice are terrific gadgets that will free up both your space and your movements. Just imagine not have to tug the cord of your computer mouse free ever again!
- Label: Stop squinting at the handwritten chicken-scratch on your file tabs and invest in a label maker instead! Having a label printer around will not only keep the contents of your filing cabinet looking neat and professional… it’s also very handy for organizing discs, office supplies and storage cabinets.
- Sort through papers and shred the ones you don’t need: We’ve all dealt with it: the mountain of paper that comes from repeatedly putting off sorting through junk mail and paperwork. The good news is that you have it in your power to keep that paper from piling up in the first place! Just make a standing date with yourself on a weekly basis to sort through accumulated mail and documents… file the things you need to hang onto, and throw the rest out! It’s always a good idea to a keep a paper shredder nearby, for disposing of documents that contain personal information (you’ll be preventing clutter and identity theft at the same time).
- Straighten up before you call it a day: One of the best ways to keep your home workspace neat and productive is to take 5 minutes at the end of each day to straighten up your desktop: file papers, re-shelve books, put pens and highlighters back in their proper place… even dust your keyboard once in awhile! By taking just a few minutes to put everything back in order, you’re making a useful transition out of your workday, and ensuring that your office will be much more pleasant place to return to the next day.
Things You’ll Need
- Paper Shredder
- Label Maker
- Adhesive cord clips or Cable Ties or a simple elastic band
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