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Does walking into your home office space make you feel overwhelmed and unable to focus? Having a disorganized or cluttered home office and work space makes me feel the same way!
It makes my stress levels rise, makes me unable to focus, and I usually can’t get any work done if the space around me is a mess. A messy office space and desk equals a cluttered brain! Before I can get any work done, I have to tidy up my space.
Before I started working from home, my home office was a wreck. It was mostly a catch all for things my husband and I didn’t know what to do with. We would just throw paperwork and other things on the desk, and I would deal with it later. Our paperwork was out of order, and it was hard to find things we needed. I had to get everything under control once I started working from home, but I should have done it sooner!
Organizing and decluttering your home office and work space may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! I decluttered my home office, organized my work space, and now, I keep it that way. I do a little bit every day to keep my work space organized and clutter-free.
Are you ready to learn more about organizing and decluttering your home office and work space? Let’s go!
How to Declutter Your Home Office
I think it is a good idea to look at the room as a whole when starting to declutter. Ask yourself how much of the stuff in the home office is unnecessary, when was the last time you used certain items, and what do you no longer need. You don’t have to use everything on a daily basis, but you also don’t want to keep things you use once every six months or even less.
The first step is to get rid of any big things you don’t need. A home office space can become overly crowded with extra bookcases, chairs, and more. Make sure to get rid of these extra desk chairs, bookcases, electronic devices, and more that you no longer need.
Big fixtures like this easily clutter up space that can be open and possibly used for something else (like storage). Getting rid of these big items will make your home office and work space seem more open and spacious. Having an open and spacious area helps me breathe better and be able to focus.
It can also be easy to junk up your home office space with old, broken electronics because we don’t always know what to do with them. Make sure to find your local electronic recycling center (my home town takes donations a few times throughout the year) and get rid of these old electronics that are taking up space!
Next, you will want to go through items on bookcases, shelves, drawers, and other areas of the office space. Do you have books, decorations, office supplies, or other random things you can get rid of? There is no need to keep things that you will no longer be using, or that don’t have a purpose.
Lastly, go through the stuff on your desk and in the drawers of your desk. This includes office supplies as well. Nobody needs 200 pens and 1,000 rubber bands in their home office. You definitely need these things, but not an overabundance of them. If you have too much of some things, get a storage bin for the extras and put them away (or donate them!)
Having a decluttered home office will help to boost your focus and productivity!
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GO THROUGH PAPER CLUTTER
We’ve all been there with piles of paper on our desks. It’s easy to accumulate a ton of paperwork that we don’t know what to do with. Some of the paperwork is important, some aren’t, and the others we aren’t sure about!
The biggest challenge I faced when I began going through our paperwork was determining what was important enough to keep and what wasn’t. This website helped me figure out what I should keep, for how long, and the best way to discard the paperwork when the time comes to do so.
It is very important to go through your paperwork at least once a year. I clean out my filing cabinet at the beginning of the year when I am getting my paperwork together for taxes. I keep important documents dating a few years back and then shred the documents I no longer need or find relevant.
Are you ready to learn how I organize and get my paper clutter in order? Grab your stack of papers, and let’s go!
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First, I highly recommend investing in a filing cabinet, hanging file folders, and regular manila file folders. I use the hanging file folders to separate the individual file folders into categories (health, insurance, taxes, etc.) This way, you can keep all relevant documents together in the same folders, separated by year, so they are easily accessible. You can label the folder with what is in it and the year (example: 2022 taxes).
To begin this process, put all your paperwork on your desk and begin to look through it. Place the documents that you need to keep in the a folder and then file the folder in the filing cabinet when finished. Create a system in the filing cabinet that works best for you to be able to keep up with the documents.
The point of organizing your paper clutter is to be able to find what you need quickly and efficiently.
For any paperwork that you no longer need or find relevant, I suggest using a shredder to get rid of it in case it has sensitive information on it.
I try to go through any new paperwork at least once a week. You can get a paper sorter to sit on the top of your desk that has two shelves. You should label one of them for important papers (time sensitive) and the other one for papers that you need to look over but are not as important. It won’t take as much time to go through paperwork and if it’s already sorted into these two categories.
Clearing out paper clutter is a great way to insure that important paperwork is not missed or looked over. It also allows you to keep paperwork organized and in a specific place that gives you easy access to it if you ever need to reference it for some reason.
Once you get in a routine of filing paperwork, it will be super easy!
ORGANIZE YOUR DESK & Work SPACE
There is only so much storage space on top of your desk and in the desk drawers, right? That’s why I recommended going through the office supplies and other items in and on your desk to minimize the things you have to organize.
Once you have cleaned out the items on your desk and in the drawers, you can begin to organize them. By organizing everything, you can make sure it’s always in the proper place. This will make finding what you need easier! If someone in the family needs to grab something from the home office or desk, you can tell them right where to go to find it.
A desk organizer is a great tool for all your pens, pencils, scissors, rubber bands, and paper clips. If you want to store these items in a drawer on your desk, there are also desk drawer organizers that hold these items.
One of my favorite tools to help me keep an organized desk area is a cord organizer. My husband bought me the cutest one for Christmas last year! We have a dachshund, and she’s my best little buddy! I love that it helps keep all the cords around my desk organized, but it also brings me a little smile when I see it.
Some other good tools to help with organization for your desk are desk drawer organizers, a paper tray, or divided tray (to store sticky notes, paper clips, etc.)
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Practice Minimalism In your Home OFfice
Now that you have your home office and work space organized, how can you keep it that way? Good news, it’s easy! The best way to keep your newly organized and decluttered space in order is to practice minimalism. Minimize the amount of stuff you bring into your home office.
If something is junk, recognize that and get rid of it before putting it in the home office to ‘deal with it later.’ Go through your paperwork regularly, and do not let it pile up.
Since everything has a proper place now, make sure to always put things back where they go! If you stick to this routine, you will always have an organized home office.
Organize Your Thoughts
When you finally have your home office and work space organized, there are a few other suggestions I have for keeping yourself focused and organizing your thoughts.
Always keep a calendar or planner close by your work area.
This is the perfect way to help keep your mind off of important dates and deadlines you need to keep up with because this information is right there! You can write dates and deadlines down as soon as you find out about them, so this doesn’t have to stay on your mind.
Always have a notepad close by for to-do lists to keep you on task. I would never get anything done if it weren’t for my to-do list!
I hope all of these suggestions help you to declutter and organize your home office and work space, as well as organize your thoughts to be more productive.
Until next time,