Our home office can be a blessing and a curse. This is because items which should remain in the office often spill over into various other rooms in the house, and the office itself can quickly become inundated with a collection of unrelated items, such as kids’ toys which end up on the desk, and lots of miscellaneous items which scatter the floor.
But when it’s organised and decluttered, then it becomes a blessing, somewhere you can quietly focus on your work, or household accounts, and a place for everything and everything in its place. Okay, so this is the ideal and it may not always look beautifully organised, but when systems are in place it’s a great deal easier to put everything away at the end of the day.
The home office will usually contain a mix of business and personal files and papers, and this is where you need systems to keep it well organised. I always suggest to clients that they have designated areas within the home office for specific functions. This means if you have shelving units, a filing cabinet and maybe a wardrobe, that specific areas are designed for each purpose.
- A wardrobe, for example, is ideal for archive boxes containing both current and historical information. As long as they are clearly labelled and stacked neatly on the shelves, it will be a simple matter to retrieve the information when needed. If you do have shelves, then ensure you put the archived material up on a high shelf where you don’t need to regularly access it. The eye-level shelves can then be used for current boxed files.
If your wardrobe doesn’t have shelves then you could get a 2 or 3 tiered wire racking system, or better still slip into the bottom of the wardrobe a book shelf unit.
- Shelving units and book cases are great in a home office, and you can use them to categorise your files, stationery, software, resource material and magazines. You do need to systemise the shelves with each area designated by category. This makes finding and returning items to their place so much quicker.
- Filing cabinets need to be sorted so that related drop files are bunched together, and well labeled. If you can have a drawer for personal files, and another for business related files, that’s even better.
These few tips will provide you with some ideas on how your home office can be organised. But if it’s really a nightmare, and you don’t know where to begin, I can help you. In a three or four hour session we can get your home office working for you so the space becomes efficient and an area you enjoy.
I hope life is treating you well and that you have a great month.
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