The practice of being organized is proven to increase productivity and focus while reducing stress. A disorganized home office can be detrimental to both your personal and professional life. Discover how a few minor changes can have a major impact, not only on finally conquering the clutter but by increasing the overall functionality of your home office.
Make Your Workstation Work For You
Clear everything off the desk and replace only the things you use on a daily basis or are necessary to complete your work. Sort the remaining items by type and keep all like items in the same place. This system of grouping allows you to visually see how much space is needed for each category and provides the perfect opportunity to reduce clutter by eliminate any duplicate, old, broken and unnecessary items.
Furniture with wheels, such as printer stands and filing cabinets, can effortlessly be moved when needed for use to the most effective area of the office. Then, just as quickly be stored out of the way such as in a closet or under a desk or table.
Investing in an All in One Device, such as those with print, scan and transmission capabilities. reduces the amount of equipment needed to accomplish the same results. Devices which connect to a wireless network can be placed anywhere, providing additional work space on your desk.
Adopt and Maintain a Filing System
Printed documents can easily pile up, increasing clutter and minimizing work space. This can lead to important documents being lost, destroyed or at the very least mixed in with other non-relevant paperwork. Avoid wasting time and resources by implementing some way to sort and maintain your printed paper work.
Color-coded filing is the highest recommended system and is proven to be the most effective. Studies reveal people mentally respond to a color coded system quicker than reading the words on a labelled file. Once established, maintaining the system is as easy as routinely keeping your inbox clean by handling and filing paperwork immediately.
Save Space Strategically
Utilizing vertical space is a great way to visually keep items accessible and organized. This often overlooked real estate is perfect for reducing clutter and staying organized without reducing the size of your workstation. Other areas, such as the back of a door provides additional places to keep things tidy and hidden out of the way.
Organizational supplies don’t need to be elaborate or expensive to be functional and stylish. For example, using matching or coordinating baskets, bins and containers for each individual category is a simple way to encourage housing like items together. This is an easy way to visually tie the room together to provide a streamline look while eliminating clutter.