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A home office is your own personal space where you accomplish your best work. But how much easier is it to get things done when you feel clean, organized, and free of distraction. In order to create the most efficient, stress-free environment you just need to clean, organize, and go through and file regularly. The purpose of this page is to inform you on how to organize your home office in simple and innovative ways.

 

Give Yourself Enough Time To Finish The Entire Project

Set aside 20-30 minutes so you don’t have to keep stopping and starting over again. You’ll save a lot more time not searching through documents or becoming distracted by all the clutter.

If you do have a big project ahead of you start by simply cleaning your office, so that when your ready to begin organizing it won’t feel as overwhelming.

 

Make Sure To Always Keep Your Desktop Cleared

The obvious first step when trying to organize anything is to begin cleaning and getting rid of anything you don’t use or need. Old wires and manuals that are still laying around for computers that you don’t even have anymore don’t need to be taking up space in your office.

It’s more efficient if you’re able to have a corner desk for the home office because by being able to place your computer in the corner you now not only have your whole desk cleared for a workspace but you have two. This way you can accomplish more at once and still feel organized.

When you keep papers and files all over the place or your desk is too cluttered, your office will make you feel overwhelmed and like you have more to get done than you actually do.

The only thing work related that should be taking up space not the desk, should be must get done priorities.

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Keep folder trays or a file holder, like the one shown above, on the desk so you don’t loose track of important things like

Things to do

Bills to pay

People/places to call

Have a pending or a waiting for response file

Use a “To File” file, to eliminate building clutter when you’re done cleaning and organizing.

 

Getting Organized

Filing cabinets don’t have to be cold and impersonal. You can find cabinets that fit your taste or match the style of the room, not to mention they are wonderful for organizing especially if you do have a lot of paperwork you need to keep around. The filing cabinet that is shown below i found on WayFair.¬†They have some great fashionable choices for organization,

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Shelves are great for storage boxes and baskets, books, family photos or other personal or decorative things that could potentially create a distraction or clutter the desk.

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You can also use a box, like the one shown below, to hold your priority files on top of the desk and using binder clips to hold up your calendar is a great way to clear your desktop and decorate the folder box as well.

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Tips On How To Organize Office Files

A good way to begin is to use colors for broad categories and your files for sub categories.

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Permanent Files

You can start by choosing one color for permeant documents like the following:

Birth certificates

Marriage certificates

Passports

Deeds

School transcripts

Wills

Medical records (depending on how big this file is you may even want to consider picking a new color for medical paperwork, health and/or life insurance ect.)

Regularly Updated Files

Then you can try choosing a different color for files that are regularly updated or you won’t keep forever like:

Insurance policies

Important receipts

Loan and/or mortgage agreements

Warranties

Other Broad Category Options

Use different colors for other broad categories like:

Current Projects

Finances

Tax returns

If you do work with different people, have a separate inbox file for each of them

Miscellaneous File

One thing you definitely want to stay away from is the miscellaneous file. This file just asks to be filled with everything you don’t feel like dealing with and is a great way to become unorganized.

Use a “To File” file instead, or if you do need an extra miscellaneous file, be sure to go through it regular and see if you can distinguish a pattern and create a new category.