Now that summer is almost over, it’s time to get re-organized. For many, fall means a fresh start. The kids are going back to school and things often get busy at work as people return home from summer vacations.
If you work from home, it can be difficult to stay on track, but it doesn’t have to be. Try these 5 easy home office organization ideas to jump start your productivity.
1. Start with adequate home office furniture and storage.
In order to stay organized, first you’ll want to make sure that your home office has the right amount of storage space and work-space to suit your needs.
If you run a home-based business and have a dedicated home office, you might opt for a spacious desk with plenty of storage space built in. One example we love is the Ravenwood Curved Desk, which offers 3 utility drawers for storing office supplies, plus a file drawer that can accommodate letter or legal sized paperwork.
If your home business deals with a lot of paperwork, you may also need a stylish office cabinet or file drawers to store your files out of sight. The Burkesville Office Cabinet is a great choice for creating a printing station in your home office. The drawers and shelves are the perfect size for storing printing paper.
2. Work smarter, store things vertically.
When you store paperwork and other objects vertically, you’re more likely to keep them top of mind and find them easily. When paperwork gets stacked up on your desk, it can quickly become out of control and important information can get buried.
There are a variety of ways to utilize vertical storage in your home office, depending on your own work style. You might use a cork-board and vertical storage bins for mail and frequently used paperwork. Consider adding a white board or chalkboard to your wall to map out to-do lists and plan projects.
3. Use labels and color codes.
Want to find things more easily in your home office? Be sure to use labels and create color code systems to help you quickly lay your hands on what matters most in the moment.
Create a color code system that works for you in multiple parts of your office work, both digitally and in real-life. For instance, you might use green for all financial documents and red for all very important projects that you want to prioritize. If you use Gmail or Outlook, you could use red labels to flag your most pressing e-mails. You could extend this into your physical office space by using red file folders and labels to store your current important paperwork.
4. Get in the habit of daily de-cluttering.
Garbage in, garbage out. Take a cue from Marie Kondo and change your life by tidying up, daily. When mail comes in or paperwork hits your desk, deal with it immediately. If it’s junk mail, recycle it or shred it as soon as you receive it.
Develop a daily habit of dealing with your paperwork. Throw it away, file it, or put it in a vertical file to deal with it promptly. Be careful, and don’t let your unfinished paperwork stack up and become overwhelming. If you have trouble remembering to deal with this, or find yourself avoiding it, set a daily calendar reminder on your phone. Better yet, also enlist an accountability buddy to keep you on track.
5. Conceal your cord clutter.
Electronic devices are an undeniable part of our daily life, and leaving various cords out and about in your office can lead to feelings of anxiety and overwhelm. Luckily there are lots of ways to conceal your cord clutter.
For instance, some people like to use large binder clips to clip the ends of frequently used charging cords, like a USB cord for your iPhone, to the side of their work space. You might also use binder clips or color-coded Velcro cable straps to bind together multiple cords, like those at the back of your computer.
Your Atlanta Home Office Furniture Outlet
If you’re ready to re-organize your work space and need some new furniture for your home office, be sure to visit our Atlanta area furniture showrooms to speak to one of our design associates. We’ll be more than happy to help you find the furniture that you have in mind at a price you can afford. Visit our furniture outlets in Acworth or Dallas, Georgia today!