Working from home has become the new normal for many of us. Many companies are ditching the traditional office space and offering workers the freedom of working from home. This not only saves the company money on lease and utility bills every month but can sometimes lead to more productive work from employees.
One thing that does not lead to productivity while working from home is a messy and disorganized home office desk. Reorganizing your office space into an efficient, comfortable, and thoughtfully designed area can do wonders for your productivity and workflow. Having a home working space that flows well can make all the difference when it comes to finding the right documents and tools for the task at hand. This allows you to get more done in less time.
For some of us, cleanliness and organization does not come naturally. It can be difficult for some to maintain organization systems. If you are used to having a random stack of papers on your desk, it can be a tough habit to break but with the right organizers and some time, even the messiest worker can learn to declutter their desk and work smarter.
Steps for Organizing Your Home Office
Purge the space
The first step is always the hardest so let’s just get the hard part out of the way. Purging your office space is going to be the first thing you can do to reduce home office clutter. Start with a couple of boxes and sort everything that will be trashed and what will be kept. Only keep the things that you really need in your office space. If it doesn’t help with your productivity, trash it or move it to another location in your home.
Sort it out
Now, it is time to create some piles, something you want to avoid doing in the future, but we will get to that in a bit. Start sorting the items that will be staying in your office space. Like items should be grouped together. Scissors, pens, pencils, paper clips, documents, random cords, and note pads should all have a pile and be grouped with other like items.
This step helps you to visually see what you have and will better help you organize it later. This is also a great time to throw away items that you may have too much of. Do you really need 50 pencils? What about all those markers, do they all work? Try to keep only what you need and toss, donate, or relocate the rest.
A place for everything and everything in its place
Once everything is purged and sorted, it is time to begin putting items back into their new homes. Think about the type of space that you want, is it clean with nothing on the desk or do you have your most used tools in an organizer on the desk? Which items do you want in the top drawer and which ones are fine in lower drawers? Each person will have their own unique style when it comes to the way that they work.
For a clean, streamlined, and minimalist desk, invest in drawer organizers. These are usually customizable and come in a variety of sizes. Drawer organizers allow you to sort and containerize your office items while hiding them out of sight. You can pull out whatever you need at the time and put it back at the end of the work day.
If you like to have all of your most used tools within arm’s reach and you do not mind having something on your desk, consider buying a desk organizer that has several cubbies for pens, pencils, note pads and other documents. These are usually inexpensive and will still help you to maintain an organized desk while keeping your office supplies within view.
A combination of drawer organizers and desk organizers can be used to create an efficient and streamlined desk.
File those documents
One of the biggest contributors to desk clutter is paper. Set up a filing system and use it. Traditionally, offices use a filing cabinet to sort and organizer important documents but in this century, we are blessed with the luxury of having constant access to computers. A digital filing system may be just what you need for creating and maintaining a filing system.
Not ready to go digital yet? That’s okay, many of us prefer having a physical document instead of a digital one. If you are not ready to go digital just yet, use a filing cabinet. Categorize your documents and create a folder for each category. Create an “inbox” for incoming paper clutter that needs to be organized. This filing system needs to be easy to understand and most of all, easy to maintain.
Your office desk should be looking neat and tidy now, so it is time to keep it that way. Break out the label maker and label everything. Remember, a place for everything and everything in its place. Labels will help you and everyone else in your home put things back where they belong.
Keep up with the organizing
Break those old habits by keeping up with your newly decluttered office. The first step to maintenance is to never make another pile again. When you make a pile, you are subconsciously putting organization on the backburner. This type of procrastination will only lead to a messy desk.
Take 5-10 minutes at the end of every work day to put items away, file documents, and do a quick clean up. Performing this quick cleanup every single day will not only keep your space tidy but will also help to break the bad habits that created a messy workspace in the first place.
A clean and tidy space is the ideal working environment. Decluttering your desk will help you focus especially when you are working from home. Hopefully, you found some helpful information and tips for creating and organized and easy to maintain home office.