Are you able to get as much done in your home office as you would like? A disorganized space hampers productivity, so while it takes some time to de-clutter your office, the effort is well worth it. An organized office is an investment that will pay you back in improved productivity. Here are our three secrets to home office organization you can implement right away:
OUT WITH THE OLD…
Are you still holding onto things you don’t need any more? It’s time to think “out with the old, in with the new.” Here’s what you need to do to make more space in your home office:
- Shred old tax documents that are more than seven years old.
- Scan documents you need into your computer and shred hard copies.
- Throw away pens and markers that no longer work.
- Get rid of little knickknacks sitting on your desk.
- For a bigger change, throw out your old, inefficient desk and find one that fits the space and satisfies your needs better (here’s where we come in).
ORGANIZE HOME OFFICE COMPUTER FILES
Digital files and folders may not take up physical space in your home office, but a cluttered computer definitely hampers productivity. If you decide to scan physical documents into your computer, make sure you organize them into proper folders as you go. Then go into existing folders and delete outdated files you don’t need any more.
Organizing digital files is a great way to speed up your computer. If it seems slower than usual after you organize your files, try defragmenting your hard drive. This helps improve storage efficiency. If your computer is still slower than normal, back up all your files on an external drive and reformat your computer. A fresh install of your operating system will help your computer run faster and better, which is obviously good news for productivity.
COLOR CODE YOUR FILE DRAWER
If you decide there are some documents you need to keep hard copies of, make it easier to find what you’re looking for by color coding your file drawer. For example, you might put insurance information under the red tab, business receipts under the blue tab and product warranties under the yellow tab. This level of organization keeps your office looking uncluttered and makes it easy to retrieve the files you need right when you need them.
Home office organization can be overwhelming, but with the help of a professional organization company, you can create the perfect custom home office. Contact us for more ideas on how to organize and de-clutter your office.