It doesn’t have to be springtime to get some cleaning done. A neater office = more productivity! It can be especially challenging to maintain an orderly office if the room it’s in doubles as another space, such as a guest room, which is why it’s imperative to keep things presentable. There are plenty of ways to make a home office more ergonomic and well-kept, and you can leverage technology to do so. Going digital not only removes a paper mess, it also means most of your bulky office supplies like staplers, tape dispensers, clips and more, can get the boot. Read on for several tips on how to organize your home office.
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Phase out paper clutter by converting as many documents as possible to digitized versions. A folder on your computer screen with scanned documents can hold a lot more information than a physical folder, and with all the cloud storage options available these days, you can ensure that you never lose an important file again – double win!
A sparkling clean office can still look a mess if loose cables and wires aren’t hidden or bundled neatly. Trying to tame cords on the daily can be a nuisance, especially when there’s so many to account for: chargers, headphones, lighting, power cords, and more. Fortunately there’s all sorts of inexpensive cable clips on the market that eliminate tech tangles.
Create more desk space by raising your monitor up on a stand. Heightened bases come with organizational slots for office supplies, or you could opt for a hollow option that lends an airy look to the space and allows the keyboard to be tucked under when not in use.
Organize Desktop (as in, your CPU)
Digital organization is just as important as the room’s. A screen with scattered icons and random folders is the least bit motivating. Consolidate files that can be grouped into folders for better visual structure. You can find plenty of helpful tips online for proper file management.
A minimalist home office still requires some storage space. If you have books and paperwork stacking up on the desk, in a chair, or on the floor, consider installing shelves around the room. This will quickly expand your workspace, as you can store and display non-essentials over your desk or around the room’s perimeter.
Tidy does not equate clean. Once you’ve found all office supplies a home, disinfect everything. Food particles, fingerprints, dust, and bacteria all accumulate on our smartphones, keyboards, desks and more. Combat the dirt with keyboard dusters and electronics wipes once a week.