Odds are that the office in your home is in a shared space. It can be challenging to dedicate an entire room to a home office. Keeping the clutter under control is crucial to maintaining the harmony in your home’s décor and allowing your creativity to shine when you're working from home. Below is a list of tips and tricks for keeping your office space functional, fun and clutter-free.
Top Tips for Decluttering Your Home Office
- Put things away. Take a few minutes each day to make sure that all your office supplies, paperwork and other materials are in their proper places. You'll find that you won't need to do a major reorganization as often.
- Invest in some wireless or Bluetooth devices to cut loose some of your cords. Alternatively, get cord protectors to store and organize your wires.
- Maximize your use of your office space by making sure that everything has a place. Organize and label filing cabinets, mail, desk drawers and other storage spaces. Use wall space for shelving, and see if there's enough room under your desk for additional storage.
- Be paperwise in your office. Organize incoming and outgoing mail, and toss junk mail in the recycling bin instead of letting it stack up. Including a recycling container beside your office trash can will keep the paper trash under control.
- Label everything in your home office, and don't allow for a space to become a catchall. Create an environment that promotes expediency and efficiency by making clear what every item is and where everything belongs.
- Use containers and file organizers on shelf space to create additional places to get organized. Attractive boxes are available with labels. These will help you stash extra office supplies, important papers and other materials that you need handy but might not use every day.
- To keep your creative juices flowing, manage what you see when you sit down at your desk. Do you see a few inspirational objects or photos, or do you see a mess? Replace a pile of papers with a photo. Get rid of a stack of junk mail, and brighten up that space with a vase of your favorite flowers. A few, well-placed objects will help you be more mindful of your workspace.