5 Top Tips For Decluttering Your Home Office

(Article by Caitlin W)

When your office is cluttered, your psyche feels just as messy. Follow these 5 top tips, organize your office and increase your productivity. 

Everyone’s had those moments. You know, where they roll back on their office chair, take a look around and grimace in disgust. Messy. Cluttered. And definitely not conducive to a healthy or prosperous work environment. It’s time to put a stop to the clutter that’s taking over your home office.

Follow these steps, and you’ll be on your way to a clutter-free home office in no time.

Tip 1: Bottom Line: Assign!

So, get up and get proactive. Assign certain activities to certain areas. For instance, filing cabinets and boxes should go in one area and the desk and computer in another. Be sure all you areas contain only what they are meant to at all times, and that they are within reach of each other. 

Try partitioning your home office as follows:

  1. Filing System
  2. Workspace (Computer and desk)
  3. Supply Cupboard 
Tip 2: Reorganize

Now, saying you’ll assign these spaces is one thing, but actually doing it is another. You’ll have to move a couple things around to get this right. This might sound like a lot of extra effort, but it will be worth it in the long run. The idea is to open the space up and create a lot of natural light.

Recent studies have shown that people who work under these conditions tend to be a lot more productive than those who aren’t. So chuck those fluorescents out the window and rip those curtains wide open. The more sunlight, the better. 

Tip 3: Bag It

Grab yourself a big ol’ black bag and go to town! Anything you haven’t used in three months or more goes straight in. Old electronics, lose papers, sweet wrappers, chip packets and everything else. If it looks messy and out of place, and you can’t remember what you needed it for in the first place, it has to go. And now. 

Tip 4: Tag It 

It’s filing time, ladies and gents. Sort your papers into boxes and store them in their designated space. If those documents are a year old or even older, it might be worthwhile considering whether you truly need them or not. 

Filing is a pretty darn boring thing to do, but you have to knuckle down and plough through it in order to foster a better work environment for yourself. A great way to get rid of extra papers is to document all important dates on a desktop calendar. This way, when you get a new appointment, you won’t scribble it down on scrap of paper, but on your neat desk calendar instead.

Separating your work into key colour-coded folders can also be a good organizational tool. Go for three colours: red, green and blue. Red can mean due within the week. Green could be for projects that require attention a few weeks from now, and blue could be the middle-range. Keeping these folders in a filing tray beside your work area is also a good idea. 

Tip 5: Elbow Grease

Clean up. Get out the handy-andy, sponges, cloths, mops and vacuum cleaner. Ensure all your work surfaces are spotless, that the carpet has been vacuumed and that the computer screen has had a gentle wipe down with a damp cloth – no chemicals here please.

When your office is reorganized into the appropriate sections and squeaky clean, you’ll feel so much more industrious. You’ll notice the difference right away. This is why you have to assign areas, reorganize, bag it, tag it and clean until your blue (or red) in the face. 

Happy decluttering!

Have any helpful hints on how to get rid of that extra clutter in your home office? Let us in on the secret in the comment box below. 

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