Q : What to do with that cluttered, paper filled home office?
A : What cluttered, paper filled office ? Can you commit to a few hours over the next month without a major life event ? Follow these simple but essential steps for a tidy and empowering work space.
1) Remove The Carnage.
Take as many big transparent storage containers as you need and remove all those papers, books, unopened mail, shoes , coffee mugs (ahem!) from the office and place these items inside the containers. Any essential items such as lost credit cards and driving license found in the process should be put directly into your wallet. Don’t put any liquids (water bottles, nail polish) inside the containers with all those papers.
2) Clean The Space
Get out the clorox wipes, the duster, vacuum and the can of condensed air and really clean the space.
3) Look at Your Space With Fresh Eyes
Go backto basics and confirm that you love your space – if you don’t then you will resist being there. Consider repurosong the space and moving the desk to a different wall for a better fit. Still not loving it ? Look around your home for a nook that makes you smile.
4) The Basic Four
Now check the basic four
1) Good lighting
Make sure you are not squinting at the screen. Tweak the lighting so that you have that great combination of natural and artificial light.
2) Comfortable chair
Make sure you are sitting comfortably and that your Mom would be happy to see how straight your back is. ( Want to make her really proud ? Ditch the chair and get an exercise ball
Get an ergonomic keyboard and adjust your chair / desk angle so that your fingers can do their job without causing your wrists pain.
4) Easy to reach storage
Get some shelves set up within easy reach.
Get yourself some containers that make you smile. Magazine folders are great as they look uniform and have no lids. Choose your colour scheme (colors that make you smile) and stick to it.
6) What set up do I need to be more productive?
Need a pinboard ? Desk calendar ? Scanner ? Headset for the phone ? A new inbox ? A shredder ? Set these key items in place. Get a cup of pens too while you’re at it.
7) Invite Friends Back In.
Now go to those transparent boxes and tackle the mess. A fair amount of items be will able to be thrown or given away. Only invite the essential and highly useful items back in again.
8) Create systems that flow
Now that you’ve pared down to essentials.
Ask yourself what systems your office needs to be productive. For example : Create a ‘mail’ area with stamps, envelopes and address labels. If you like clipboards get a few for specific categories. Create a new system for inboxes and outboxes.
9) What would make me smile ?
Bring in a new plant or fab family photo to add more happiness to your work environment. Or perhaps buy a brightly colored trash can that makes you smile.
10) Take Ten Minutes
Finish your work time 10 minutes earlier and organize your desk… daily.
Go for the challenge and respect yourself and the work you do from home. By implementing these 10 steps your desk will be gleaming. Constantly reassess if particular items are serving a purpose. Before you know it your home office will be your haven for productivity and pride.