In this article we’re going to talk about some home office organization ideas, because we all know how easy it is to get overwhelmed when you first start working from home – distraction is everywhere, and it’s so easy to just keep putting things off until the last minute when you don’t have a set workday.
Over time this will affect your work-life balance, which isn’t healthy for you or for your work
Being organized is important in order to prevent this from happening. Below, we’ve outlined several different home office organization ideas, that will help you find exactly what you’re looking for, when you need it.
Having a good filing system set up is extremely important. Your documents will accumulate over time, and if you don’t know where they are, you are going to end up wasting precious time rummaging through your office, trying to remember where you left saw them.
Before you start filling, figure out a system that works for you. We have a separate article on organizing paperwork for your home office, that goes more in depth about paperwork organization and filing.
It’s important to get rid of old documents and other items that have passed their due date, as they’re otherwise going to just sit around taking up space from the things you actually need on a daily basis.
Setting up a good clutter clearing routine is recommended. An example would be going through your bills at the end of the week, keeping the ones that you’re going to need in the future and throwing out the rest.
Another helpful tip is to throw out things immediately, rather than putting them in a pile to be sorted through later. What usually happens is that these kinds of piles keep growing, without you ever managing to actually get to the bottom.
Using a Whiteboard
Whiteboards are great for brainstorming and mind-mapping, when you ned to come up with new ideas. Sometimes writing on paper is just too limiting and confining – but writing on a whitebaord isn’t. I don’t know how the psychology behind this works, but there’s something about being able to easily erase the ideas that don’t work that just frees your mind to explore other possibilities, that you wouldn’t otherwise have thought of.
When you’re done you can use your phone to take a snapshot of the board and then print it out on a piece of paper, so that you can reference it in the future, long after you’ve cleared the whiteboard.
Keep Items Close By
Another tip for staying organized is to keep frequently used items close by. This way you can save time because you don’t have to get up every time you need a certain item.
Placing binders with frequently referenced documents as close to your workspace as possible, and the ones you seldom used further away, will end up saving you lots of time and effort in the future.
Wall Storage Organization
There are several different ways you can use your walls for storage, but the most important it to keep it organized and neat.
If you use shelves, keep your boxes and document holders clearly marked, so you know what they contain.
If you use wall mounted file holders, remember to keep the papers in the holders current. Don’t just throw whatever you find lying around into them, because it’s convenient. Be extremely selective, and set up a system where the holders contain as little as possible, at any given time.
Because being organized when working from home is so important, we recommend making changes as you need them. If one system isn’t working out for you, change it until it does. Fix the things that are causing you to become less productive, and realize the importance of being neat and tidy.
We hope this article was helpful in providing you with some ideas for better organize your home office.