The following is a guest post from momAgenda COMM blogger Jodi Grundig.
Earlier this year, fed up with having an ad-hoc home office, I decided to turn our never-used dining room into a true home office. We sold the dining room table, and purchased shelves and a brand-new desk, just for me!
While I absolutely love having my office in such a prominent part of our home, it’s now essential that I keep it organized and decluttered. Here are 5 tips I follow to make sure my office isn’t cluttered or messy which you can easily follow, too:
1. Scan it and file it. I invested in a NeatDesk scanner to scan all receipts, documents, and business cards right to my desktop. Then, I can put these documents away in boxes in storage, rather than in my home office. This saves a ton of space in the office itself, keeping unwanted clutter away.
2. Keep important “stuff” at your fingertips. I love my momAgenda Kitchen Folio because I keep essential paperwork, like the kids’ school health records and important phone numbers in an easily accessible spot. This saves the office from becoming a paper infested space and the Kitchen Folio is a sanity saver when you need to reference that important “stuff” in a snap.
3. File all bills. I purchased a bill book at my local office supply store, and I store all of our bills by month. Then, when I’m ready to pay bills, I just pull out the book. It’s a great way to make sure I don’t accidentally misplace a bill or forget to pay a bill. Again, the clutter stays away considering all bills and necessary paperwork are contained in one area.
4. Designate a place for everything. My home office, like most home offices, has a lot of office supplies such as printer paper, pens, binders, and folders. Having a dedicated spot for everything helps keep my office looking neat. Purchasing some organizational resources to help you set up a functional and organized home office is a great way to maintain the space.
5. Keep the desktop clean. While it’s easy to pile everything on top of the desk, I try to make sure the desktop is nice and clean before I’m finished for the day. This means throwing out unnecessary papers and placing important information where it belongs – whether that’s in an organizer or a compartment within the desk. Taking a few moments at the end of each day to keep this area clean will help you maintain a clutter-free space.
How do you keep your home office uncluttered and organized?