With it being ‘Organise Your Home Office Day’ today and a lot more people working from home due to the pandemic, we thought we’d share with you how to organise your home office, so you can spend less time hunting for documents or wrestling with wires.
Organising your Bills and Post
Most people have to contend with paper bills and post in spite of the fact that today’s world is mostly digitized, and nothing seems to pile up quicker than paper. These home office organisation ideas can help you tame the chaos:
- Place labelled magazine holders on your desktop or wall to create out of the way in and out boxes. You can also use these to store letterheaded paper, stationery and envelopes
- Keep a recycling bin and\or shredder nearby to ensure your deck isn’t cluttered with paperwork and mail you don’t need
- Devise a colour-coding system and file post, bills and important paperwork accordingly. Take this method to the next step by labelling each file so you don’t spend hours hunting for paperwork
Divide and Conquer
When you’re figuring out how to organise your home office, don’t underestimate the value of making sure all of your desk items have a place of their own. Here are some ideas for home office organisation that can help you keep that desk area straight:
- Drawer dividers: These shallow trays are excellent for keeping everything organised, from USB drives, sticky notes to pens and staples
- Containers: Containers can be used to hold everything you don’t need immediately, including files and backup printer paper
- Filing inserts: Install one of these in a deeper desk drawer so you can keep those colour-coded files out of sight
- Labels: Avoid wasting time opening and shutting drawers on storage containers by labelling each drawer front with the names of all the items stored within
- Bunch together: Place like items near one another, for example, store envelopes and stamps together to make your workspace more efficient
- Wall space: Install shelves to hold reference books, stationery and other home office odds and ends
- Control your cords: Use binder clips or other clips to keep computer cords and cables wrangled. Tip: You’ll find plenty of ideas for this on Pinterest.
Do Some Quick Cleaning
It honestly takes more time to think about how to keep your desk clean than it does to actually clean it, make sure you take some time to do the following:
- Put pens, pencils, USB drives and calculators back in their place
- Take the time to shred or recycle paperwork you don’t need any longer so your desktop is clear
- File any documents that you’ll need in the future and replace files neatly
- Return coffee mugs or any snack dishes to the kitchen
- Quickly tidy up your desk each time you finish working
That’s how to keep your desk clean, and it takes all but five minutes.
Now you’ve figured out how to organise your home office, you can contact your local Merry Maids to keep your office and the rest of your home clean.