Working from home gives me a freedom to be a mom when needed. I can take care of my family, my pets and my house as needed. I have the flexibility to run, make appointments and even grab a coffee with a friend when I want. There are down sides of course, but for the most part I enjoy it. It is great to work from home — unless your home office is a disaster. By following these tips you can de-clutter your home office to make it comfortable to work in.
Create a Printing Station
Your printer and printer supplies should be designated a space in your office. If you have a wireless printer, it doesn’t need to be on your desk. Place it in a cabinet or somewhere in your office to gain more space on your desk for other items.
Create a Mail Station
A mail station will help you to be in charge of the paper and packages coming into or going out of your home office. Make a folder for outgoing and incoming mail, bills, mail to file, etc, and a folder for every member of the family. Once a week, take a few minutes and go through each folder to ensure everything is in order. If you are a blogger you can have an assembly line for reviews with the most important/priority in the front.
Color-Code Your Filing System
To organize your office, you can separate the filing system into five color-coded categories:
- Blue – House
- Red – Medical
- Green – Financial
- Yellow – Insurance
- Orange – Personal, etc
A well-organized filing system is a good indication of a functional office space. Your organization will pay off come tax time as well.
Get control of the clutter before it takes over your space. Papers can easily pile up in your home office and this will cause a lot of distraction. Check each and every piece of paper in your office and apply the System of Three: take action from it, file it or toss/shred it. Keep the papers that are not related to work or managing the home out of the office unless you are hanging up the drawings your child made at school.
Do you have anything to add? How do you keep your work space organized at home?