Whether you have an entire room dedicated to your home office or a corner of a room, it can seem challenging to keep your desk organized. With a bit of planning, you can arrange your work space in a way that will be best for you home business. Chances are you will get more accomplished and be more focused without a crowded work space. You’ll also spend less time and frustration looking for things and more time working.
- Ditch the extra pens: There’s no need for an overflowing supply of pens at your desk and chances are you tend to use your favorite ones. Keep 10 or less that are in good condition and throw out the rest.
- Do away with Post-its: They easy to misplace and don’t look great all over your monitor and desk. Rather, keep a small notebook or dry erase board handy to jot down reminders.
- Blank file folders: Keep some blank file folders and a label maker in the front of your file drawer for easy access to create new files and keep your desk clear of papers.
- Throw out printouts: Once you’ve completed a task that you printed out, throw it away or file it if needed. You have it saved to your computer and don’t need to keep it on your desk.
- Avoid eating at your desk: Eating at your desk makes it easy for paper cups, bags, utensils, etc to clutter your workspace. You also deserve to take a full break and enjoy your meal without interuptions.
- Frequently used items handy: Organize the things you use daily in more convenient places than those you don’t use as often. Make a convenient spot on a shelf or in a drawer for all of your desk supplies, including a stapler, tape, scissors, pens, paperclips, etc.
- Consolidate wires and electronics: If possible, create a separate place for your wireless router, cable modem, battery backup and bundle extra wires together to provide for a more clean and organized work space.
- Storage space: It helps to have adequate space for what you need to have on your desk or in files. If you don’t have enough space, consider getting a separate filing cabinet or drawer set for keeping things in an organized space.
- Clean your desk: In addition to clutter, having a desk that is dusty or dirty will look almost as bad as one that is piled with stuff. Keep cleaner close by so it’s easy to do a quick wipe-down. Having a clean desk is likely to motivate you to keep it clutter-free.
- Organize as you work: Once you’ve organized a set space for everything to go, make sure you keep things put away between tasks. It will be a lot easier to upkeep your desk than to let it go, until you finally dig in and clean a heap of a mess. If you get behind a little during the day, take the time to clean up so that you’ll be ready to work the next time you sit down.
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