How to Organise Your Home Office Space
Cluttered spaces can deter productivity, especially in your home office. To help curate your most product space yet, be sure to consider our organisational tips; gone are the days of lost contracts and misplaced notes, it is time to shine in the organisation department.
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Are you ready to maximise your productivity and enjoy the benefits of an organised office space?
Here’s how to get started!
Get Rid of Clutter
De-cluttering your office is a lofty goal. The only thing that stops most of us from living a clutter-free life is that it can seem like an overwhelming task - the trick is to start small and work your way through the room.
Here are some simple ways to start de-cluttering:
- Stop storing and start throwing! Prevent the dread that is caused by Spring cleaning and instead throw out unnecessary documents and equipment along the way.
- Start clearing out and organising a single desk drawer at a time. Do another the next day and so on.
- Clean off your message board and start fresh - what is on this week and this months agenda? Focus on the more time sensitive topics that are in the near future and refresh weekly.
- Clean a single filing drawer. Start with the drawer you most often need to access rather than the messiest drawer.
- Does your personal admin claw its way into your work tasks? Create a clear separation and keep your personal accounts seperate from your work.
Don’t worry about de-cluttering your whole office all at once. Once you begin, you’ll start to see items you can do without over time, and it will make the process even simpler.
Organise by Material Type
Do you have necessary equipment and documents that don't have a home? Make organisation stylish and invest in some beautiful furniture and storage pieces to give everything a place to live. Start by utilising bookcases and shelves to create meaningful storage solutions that also amp up your room's design. Use storage baskets and boxes to allocate homes for different goods, for example, keep all your technology and cables in one and other documentation in another. This way you will know where to look for your phone charger, as opposed to having things hiding in many different locations.
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Invest in Open-Faced Furniture
Open faced furniture is your office’s best friend - preventing you from been able to hide unneccessary clutter and in-turn focus on organising and streamlining your office processes.
Look for desks with open shelves, open bookcases and cube like shelving; there is no where to hide, so think about how you will maximise these furniture pieces to fulfil your storage and productivity needs.
Start with your desk - what are the essentials that you need within an arms reach? Whatever these items are, store them in your top draw and keep any of the necessary excess in it's allocated position.
De-cluttering the space you work in can simultaneously de-stress your mind, subsequently clearing physical and mental stress that has no purpose. Having your immediate workspace clear will ensure that you are focusing on the tasks in front of you as opposed to unnecessarily shifting your priorities. Ultimately you will improve the speed of your work and maintain a productive frame of mind for longer.
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Back Up All Paper Copies of Documents and Receipts
Ok, it is time to go digital! Small spaces, disorganised minds and anonymous hoarders, you're going to benefit tremendously from consolidating your documents and loading them into the cloud.
The goal of a tidy office is to ensure that you can find what you need when you need to, any tool that will allow you to do this with the click of a button is something to invest your time and energy into.
Start with transitioning any of your paper documents online - bills, taxes, invoices, phone-bills, contracts. What do you use regularly that comes in paper form? Save paper and time by reformatting this process and requesting digital documents.
Here is how we work through our digital uploading process;
1. Start with Receipts
Receipts are the bane of our existence but the key to invoicing.
There are plenty of apps available for managing your paper receipts. We like the Lemon app because it’s free and allows you to label receipts as soon as you upload them.
If you’re running a small business, Shoeboxed is a good option because you’re able to scale according to how much space you need.
2. Take Care of Your Bills
If you’re still receiving paper bills, this is a good time to stop. Not only does going paperless save the environment, but you’ll find the benefits of paying bills online will help you pay them on time and better track your finances.
3. Turn Business Documents into PDFs
Take the file full of essential business documents and turn them into PDFs with your scanner (or phone scanner).
Now, you can access your documents with the click of a button and the big box of paperwork you need once a year can be put somewhere where it won’t be underfoot.
De-Clutter Your Office to De-Clutter Your Life
Keeping an organised office isn’t simply about having a tidy workspace or keeping those pangs of OCD at bay. Organisation saves you both time and money when trying to complete simple and complex tasks, so you can get back to work (and back to billing) faster and with less stress.
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