Eliminate The Chaos Of Home Office Clutter

The has slowly become the foundation of the modern day household.  We pay the bills, organize recipe files, and compile photo albums we also develop our weekly calendars and schedule tasks on our computers, and some of us even make a living from the .  With so many different activities taking place here, it’s easy to see how it can become the most disorganized and unkempt area of the home.  A clean organized desk and space can save you time, stress and even money if we work from home.  So if you’re feeling overwhelmed by your messy desk and disorganized office lets jump right into some tips and habits to clean and organize it and keep it that way.

 

Mail is probably the biggest contributing factor to our messy desktops.  I am always amazed at the amount of junk mail I receive on a daily basis. Get in the habit of dealing with your mail on a daily basis.  Toss what you can, place those things that need to be shredded into a shredding bin and shred them once per week, and file the rest away properly.  This is the perfect opportunity to update your filing system and make folders for current years or months, for everything from paid bills to grocery coupons…

 

Another culprit of office clutter is computer storage media such as CDs, DVDs and floppy disks.  Take the time to ensure each is properly labeled and placed in a protective file or case.  Categorize and alphabetize them for easy access.

 

If you have an office area that is commonly used by all family members, it can easily become cluttered with glasses, coffee cups, food wrappers and dirty dishes.  Since computer equipment can easily be damaged should something spill on it, it’s probably wise to impose a rule forbidding eating and drinking while using the computer.  This would lessen the clutter at the same time.  If you spend a considerable amount of time during the day in your office and your office space is large enough, provide for an area away from the computer and other electronic equipment where food and drink can be set down without the fear of ruining equipment should a spill occur.

If you utilize a bulletin board, take the time to make sure all the items posted on it are current.  If not, take them down and file them away or toss them in the garbage.  Make sure your calendar is always displaying the current month so you can see the month’s activities and appointments at an easy glance.  I have found a magnetic dry erase board is a great way to write myself and other members of the family notes. I segment part of the board for each member and put notes for that person in that area. We also have a common area, for general family information. Everyone knows to look there for the latest updates. The magnetic feature helps with paper notes or articles cut out of a magazine or newspaper that you want to share.

 

Office supplies have a way of easily cluttering up our workspace as well.  Take the extra time to clean out and organize desk drawers if necessary and make sure all office supplies have a home other than the top of your desk.  A small inexpensive shelf unit that fits in a closet makes a great office supply center.

 

With some forethought, planning and discipline, your home office can become and stay productive, efficient and serene.

 

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