Home office set-up and organization has a huge impact on your productivity. It may mean slogging through a lot of paper files but the end result will be worth it. We’ve taken some suggestions from professional organizers and, in particular, Becca Clark of Hot Springs, Arkansas, who operates Creative Convenience.
Here is information gleaned from the best organizational designers:
Think about adding more shelves in the closet. Ace Hardware has a variety of shelving that is at least 12-inches deep, along with the hardware to support it.
Spend some time choosing furniture. There are many modern computer desks with no drawers. Aesthetically they may look nice but at the end of the day, you will want to put things away.
Clark stresses that you may definitely want a room or “separate space” in order to position yourself away from family and in order to focus and concentrate. If you cannot have a separate office room, at least think about procuring a screen; then place your desk away from the television and center of activity.
Eliminate clutter. Clutter is distracting, frustrating and debilitating—sapping your energy and motivation. Some other things to try:
- Limit decorative objects
- Store tools in drawers
- Sort and put similar objects together
- Make use of clear container, stacking bins, baskets and more
- Edit often: if you’re not using it, move it somewhere else.
- Go vertical—go up wall, use cork boards or erasable calendars; look into acquiring taller furniture
Supply adequate lighting and use all types of fixtures: overhead, desk lamps, floor lamps and pendants. Think about track lighting or downlights. Don’t forget natural light and take care to avoid glare on your computer.
Incorporating just a few of these ideas will go a long way toward making your work area a place you will want to return to and one where information is at the ready.