Since COVID-19 hit, it’s become clear that remote working is the future. It provides far more freedom than a regular workspace, but too often, that space can become a cluttered mess that distracts from productivity. Taking care of your mindset while working from home is crucial, which is why we’ve made this list of the best home office organization tips and ideas. All based on personal experience and tried and test ideas.
Ideas and Tips for Setting Up Your Home Office
Clear Out and Plan
Step one. It’s time to recognize what you do and don’t need. Remove any old sticky notes, pointless books and unused cables. Then plan out some ideas. Are you going to need space for pens and paper? Or is this a purely laptop-based desk? What pens and tools do you need? Do you want a minimalistic feel or a home feel, with family pictures nearby? Identify your priorities.
The Kitchen Philosophy
This approach focuses on the ease of cleaning. Just like your utensils and ingredients, everything should have a designated spot in your home office. This way, you’ll always know where things should be stored and where to find them.
Tame Your Cables
Chargers, headphones, USB cables and adapters tangled together look awful. By placing these in a controlled manner, with zip ties hooking them in place, you’ll rapidly improve your home office organization. Placing an extension cable under the desk can help too.
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Home Office Organization Station
Say goodbye to piles of random clutter by making use of small boxes and dividers. You’ll always know where to find the pen or tool you need and have a cleaner, more relaxed workspace. We suggest placing them towards the back of your desk or on a separate shelf or surface.
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You could also consider wireless mouses, wireless headphones and wireless Bluetooth numeric pads.
Hang a Shelf Over Your Desk
Shelves are your friends. Place one or two within reach of your desk, and you can display non-essential items such as books and pictures.
Filing cabinets are the answer to document mess. Still, they’re tiring to search through and take up a lot of space. If you’re like me and own tonnes of documents from over the years, consider scanning them. Once you’re done, back them up on a flash drive and cloud services like Dropbox or Google Drive. You’ll quickly be able to find the file you want on all devices, at any time!
Create a to-do list and place it within view of your workspace. Consider a small whiteboard or create a digital to-do list. I have a to-do list spreadsheet set as my browser home page, so it’s the first thing I see when I sit down to work. Unlike sticky notes, I’m not limited to tabs, coloring and information.
Don’t cut corners with your office comfort and safety. You’re going to be spending many hours working in your home office. Ensure you:
- Position your monitor, keyboard and mouse correctly.
- Buy a desk chair that is comfortable, adjustable and supports your back correctly.
- Get a small back cushion.
- If you have space, consider a small sofa or soft chair for breaks.
Get a Bigger Trash Can
Small and cute trash cans simply aren’t practical. You need a trash can that is big enough to hold several sheets of paper, so it doesn’t overflow throughout the day.
A Good Desk Changes Everything
A multi-functional desk is the key to home office organizastion. With a sliding shelf, for example, you can store away your keyboard and other gadgets. Ideally, you want something with built-in drawers and a side surface for a printer.
Home office organization is about finding things fast. Stick some labels on your containers, drawers and boxes so you’re never lost for that stapler, pen or headphone attachment.
Lighting can transform any space. They can change the mood of a room and allow for better organization by highlighting different features. Consider daylight bulbs if your home office doesn’t get much sunlight. You should also add an adjustable desk light to help your eyes when it’s late. By placing different light sources around the room, you’ll separate spaces from one another.
Optimize Nearby Space
If you’re struggling for space, use the back of your door or cupboard surface tops as a place to organize. You can arrange containers, divers, baskets and printers around the room, so your desk is free for one thing – working.
Whether you like coffee, having a coffee matt on your desk gives a designated space for your mug or glass. It will prevent stains and reduce clean up time. Place it safely away from your laptop!
Keep Your Home Office Clean!
Finally, don’t neglect the cleaning aspect. You don’t need to wipe the surfaces every day, but clear up any scrap paper and coffee mugs when it’s lunchtime or at the end of the day. Remember the first point – prioritize. It can be easy to add random items, but they should never distract from being organized.
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