Do you have a home office that needs some attention in the organization department? A home office or work station often becomes a dumping ground for paper clutter, keepsakes and other items that don’t have an official storage place. My office is small, it’s probably the smallest room in the house but I spend a significant amount of time working at my desk. I’ve learned that an organized home office space is the only type of space I can effectively work in. It’s been proven time and time again that an organized workspace increases productivity and efficency.
Keeping my office space clean and orderly helps me stay focused. Whether it’s paying bills or finishing a late night work project, we all know that work isn’t always fun. If your spending a lot of time in a space, just like any other part of your home, it should be a space that you enjoy being in. Adding a few personal touches, including your favorite piece of art or family photo, and an inspirational quote or image are ways to make your workspace a happy place to be. While an office should be a motivating place that you don’t mind spending a significant amount of time in it also MUST function well.
Combining form and function result in an ideal office space.
Similar to the surface area of my desk the drawers are organized, paperwork has designated place and everything I need to use is within an arms reach while working. I take advantage of vertical space with file folders for paperwork that I frequently use, file drawers (meticulously organized and color coded) for paperwork that I rarely use but must keep, and drawer space for all the little things.
All the items that I use regularly are organized and divided…a place for everything and everything in it’s place. I recently switched out my drawer organizers to acrylic and it makes a big difference. These are some organizers that I prefer to use.
When deciding what organizers to purchase for your desk drawers keep in mind what items you use most often and need easy access to. Of course, any office is going to need basic supplies; pens/pencils, sticky notes and a computer. Think about your must have supplies and where you want to keep these items. A spot that will look nice (or maybe out of site) and function well are both important. I always have a coaster (for my drink) on my desk and a pad of paper where I can easily take notes.
Remember…a cluttered space equals a cluttered brain. If you are having trouble decluttering your office space check out my posts here and here. Follow the recommendations in those posts to declutter and simplify your home office space.
If someone walked into my office on most days it would be clean and organized, one of the cleanest rooms in my house. I have found that if my office isn’t neat my work is not as efficient as I know it can be. This is what my desk looks like when I’m in the middle of computer work.
Papers are scattered that I’m using for this project, a book to reference is close by, the highlighter is ready and a pen and sticky notes are easily accessible on top of the desk because I’m using them all for the current project. This isn’t messy but it isn’t picture perfect either. Once you have gotten a handle on the clutter and simplified your office space you are more likely to start each day with a clean work environment. When I’m finished working on this project I’ll take less than 30 seconds to put everything away and my office is orderly again.
These are some additional office supplies that I find useful in the home office.
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Lauren is a professional home organizer and owner of Intentional Edit in Scottsdale, Arizona. Intentional Edit is an organizing service and lifestyle company focused on consciously editing to create efficient and organized spaces. Lauren believes that a functional home that looks and feels pretty has a positive affect on all aspects of life. While design trends come and go organization is always in style!
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