Posted by JR Olson | Posted in Other - Home & Garden | Posted on 19-12-2014
Home offices have the tendency to lose function when they are cluttered and disorganized. It is much more difficult to find what we need in a home office that is not in order. Clutter also has a tendency to over stimulate us, which stresses us out more and makes it more difficult to concentrate. Thoroughly organizing a home office is necessary in order to maximize its function. Here are some organizing tips and tricks that will remove the obstacles that prevent you from working and will turn your home office into a space that is completely conducive to productive work.
How to Organize your Office Supplies
One of the contributors to a disorganized office is office supplies that do not have a particular home, whether they be scattered across the desk or rattling inside of a desk drawer. One of the best ways to ensure that you are able to find and use the office supplies you need, while still maximizing your desk space, is to use divided drawer storage. You can purchase a drawer divider insert or you can make one of your own. This will ensure that items such as pencils, pens, and notepaper are grouped with others of their kind and are easy to find. For smaller items, such as staples, stamps, tacks, and paper clips, you may put small containers in between the drawer organizers. A muffin tin can also be repurposed as a drawer insert to house these smaller items.
How to Keep Cables and Chargers Organized
Chances are good that your home office contains many different cables. Crawling under your office desk to rearrange your power outlet is an annoying task in and of itself, and not knowing which cord is which adds all the more hassle. An extremely inexpensive way to keep your cables organized is to run a cord through the wire portion of a binder clip, then clip the whole thing to the back of your desk; with this method, you can keep cords from falling off your desk when they are not in use (and thus getting mixed up and tangled). To contain USB cords and ear bud headphones, consider storing them in old cassette tape cases to keep them from getting lost.
How to File your Papers Away
In home offices, it is quite common to have papers scattered across the desk or tossed messily in drawers. Filing important papers away will go a very long way toward making your entire home office more organized. Begin with the integration of a filing system into your office. Recycle the papers that you do not need, and create categories for the papers you will need in the future. Put each category of papers into its own file folder. Next, label these file folders with names that are memorable, for easy retrieval. Lastly, put these folders in alphabetical order, and then insert them into a filing cabinet. In the future, you will be able to quickly find the documents you need while never having to clutter your work space with papers again. Keep a small recycling can next to your file cabinet to easily get rid of junk papers.
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