Being able to work from home is a truly wonderful thing, but it can also be a curse if you let your workspace get cluttered. When you have clutter, you are a lot less productive, and then working from home isn’t giving you that salary you had hoped for. So, you need to find ways to get your home office clutter-free, and keep it that way. We have a few tips that will help get you on your way to a well-organized home office space.
- Tell the World – Set a date and time to start decluttering (30 minute time period to start). Mark it down on your calendar. That way, you will be a bit more inclined to actually do it. As the date draws nearer, announce to friends, family, etc. that you are going to declutter your home office. Put it on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites. Once you have told a lot of people you are going to do something, you pretty much have to do it in order to save face. Don’t forget to announce to everyone when you have completed phase one of the decluttering.
- Begin the Purge – When you are decluttering, you are going to come across a lot of items that you need, and a lot that you don’t need. There is no sense in keeping these items, but you might not necessarily want to throw them away. Some items can be donated, or you might want to have a yard sale and make some extra cash by selling those unwanted items. You will be surprised at how much stuff you end up getting rid of, and how much space you can free up in your home office.
- Sell Stuff – If you are planning on upgrading your tech, you might as well make some money from the old stuff. You can sell laptop and other tech items and use the money for your upgrade. There are several websites that will pay top dollar for good quality, used tech, and selling is fast and easy. You don’t even have to pay for shipping in most cases. A prepaid shipping label will be sent to you.
Once you have your home office decluttered, you need to keep it that way. Now is the time to start looking into creative storage ideas. For instance, there are many furniture pieces that can double as storage. Another option is vertical storage. You can store a lot of things without taking up a lot of floor space. Some of our favourite vertical storage ideas include:
- Tall Cabinets – Tall furniture, such as a cabinet or a bookcase, is ideal for storing books, paperwork, and many other items. You can get cabinets that are tall and narrow, so they don’t take up too much space but still hold a lot of items.
- Wall Shelves – This is one of the best ways to store things and not have any extra furniture. Wall shelves can be used for paperwork, knickknacks, books, and much more. If you are going to use them for heavy items such as books, be sure to make sure they have plenty of support.
- Cork Boards – You likely have lots of notes on little pieces of scrap paper or post-it notes. Keep them off the desk so things look nice and tidy, but still have them right at your fingertips by pinning them to a cork board. These are inexpensive, and you can hang one on the wall so it is out of the way but you can still see all of those important notes.