Employers are getting more flexible and jobs are getting more remote, so many of us need a great home office to work from. A well organised, clutter-free home office will help you work more efficiently and procrastinate less. These are our tips for organising your home office.
Create a place for planning and inspiration
A pegboard, pin board, or chalk board behind your desk can house a calendar, to-do list, and general or project-specific inspirational images. Remember to change up images frequently to keep your brain excited by them!
Use wasted space
A home office doesn’t have to be big – find a corner to utilise, replace an unused cupboard with a hole-in-the-wall desk, or install a wall mounted fold-down desk.
Floating shelving can be a desk too
Use a wide floating shelf as your desk space, then add shallower floating shelves higher up to store your files and books.
Employ the one week rule
This means anything you use less than once a week shouldn’t live on your desk. Give less frequently used items a home in a drawer or on a shelf.
Colour code your life
This tip is especially useful if multiple family members share the home office. Assign everyone who uses the space a colour and buy them folders/boxes/trays in that colour to prevent your work from getting mixed up.
Label all the things
Never underestimate the power of the label maker. Label folders by project, drawers by contents, and put your name on anything you don’t want to disappear.
If you don’t have a big desk and your stationery is taking up too much room you can add hooks and hanging baskets to keep pens, paperclips, and other essentials close at hand.
Get clip happy
Are you a paper piler? Invest in a bunch of bulldog clips and bunch bills to pay and small project bits separately. If you want to go a step further you can then hang each neatly bundled pile to a hook by the bulldog clip.
Establish a workflow
You should have an inbox for new things that need your attention, but that’s not where projects should live for more than a couple of days. Have a handy filing place for things you’re currently working on containing folders for each project. When the project is done move it into the “old files” place if you need to keep documentation, or if you no longer need file contents shred and recycle it.
Don’t let your mail pile up
Invest in a mail organiser, throw out junk immediately, and set an alarm to go through it at least once a week.
Get your tax under control now
Get an accordion file and name the sections you’ll need to claim ie. travel, business expenses, childcare. Every time you get a receipt or pay a bill store it immediately and tax time will be way easier.