Home Office Organization Tips

Your home office can be the perfect environment for productivity but it can also prove to be a source of stress if it isn’t properly organized. The ideal home office is efficient and conducive to getting the most done in a minimum of space, using a minimum of time. Your office also needs to provide you with a comfortable and logical work space so when it is time to tackle a specific task, you have the specific tools at the ready. Here are a few ways to keep your home office organized and efficient.

Invest in Decent Furniture and Storage
While cost is a definite consideration for a home office, the right furniture is essential to productivity. Choose desks and other surfaces that can adequately accommodate the tools you use to do your job: computer, peripherals, books, common supplies, etc. You want enough surface area to allow for everything to be within reach, but not cluttered. Let the things you use during your workday room to “breathe.” Be sure that your office has ample space for storage as well so that only the things you need are held in your immediate work area.

Establish Centers
every home office should be divided into at least three distinct centers:
• Productivity – a clear and un-cluttered work space with a computer and frequently-accessed supplies
• Reference – a place for manuals, written materials, books and binders
• Supplies – where all common office supplies are stored (staples, sticky notes, stationery, and so on)

Properly Situate Peripherals and Hardware
Strategically place the things in your office for maximum efficiency. If you use the printer more than any other peripheral, it should be placed closest to you. If there are things you only use occasionally, consider placing them outside the immediate work area. If you use a tower or desktop computer, the main unit can likely be positioned under the desk or in a designated compartment inside the desk. Be sure you leave yourself easy access to wires and frequently-accessed drives

Conceal Wires and Cables
Use mailing labels to tag each wire so you know where it leads. Bundle wires together whenever possible. This will keep them from getting tangled. Always use a UL Transient voltage power surge protector between a wall outlet and computer or peripheral. This will serve to both protect your electronics form a power surge and keep all the plugs for equipment in the immediate area together.

Create an Area for Paper Processing
Establish document bins by priority. Keep papers that require immediate attention or action closest to you and most easily accessible. Important documents should be kept on top while outgoing mail would likely be better on the bottom. Establish a filing system that is easy to follow and adhere to it. Create a space for documents that you need to keep for reference but will not access regularly.

Remember that a work space that is efficient is one that is also conducive to productivity. Following these simple steps will drastically increase the efficiency of your home office allowing you to make better use of valuable work time.

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