Working from home is a privilege that makes our work enjoyable and less stressful. But the fun part is lost when you have to hunt down files and documents from around the house if you do not have a well-organized and specific workstation. Tidying up and creating a specific corner for your workstation ensures that your home office is a place you enjoy staying at.
This post outlines six valuable tips which will help you to organize a better home office and de-clutter the space to derive more functionality out of it.
- Make it professional
Usually, those who are running a home-based business specifically need a well-organized home office. Whatever be the reason behind organizing a dedicated corner for your home office, make sure it is entirely professional. Remove anything that is not work-related from your space for the home office. This will not only significantly de-clutter it but also make it well-equipped only for business purpose. Use the right accessories and furniture to create separate zones to maintain the professionalism of the space even if it is an informal and temporary set-up.
- Choose furniture wisely
Whether you rarely work from home or spend a significant time of the day regularly at your workstation, the furniture selection must be carefully done so that the space is relaxing and looks professional at the same time. Home office essentials include:
- Office-chair: A superior quality office chair providing sufficient back support and easy to seat at for long hours is elemental for any home office.
- Desk: Choose a desk which is big enough to hold your entire workstation including your gadgets and important notebooks and pens.
- Miscellaneous accessories: Drawers and side racks for holding your files, pen-stands, paper trays, dustbins are necessary items that you must keep at hand near the workstation.
To get a detailed idea about the various items you need in a home office and how to decorate it, you can read this previous blog by our experts.
- Clean occasionally
To organize your home office thoroughly, you must clean the room or the space first. Clean-up includes:
- Dusting the entire room from ceiling till the floor
- Wash light fixtures and other accessories that can accumulate dirt
- Clean the windows thoroughly
- Vacuum and wash the floor as required
- Dust the desk and chairs and organize the clutters, if any, on the desk
- Pay attention to cleaning the window coverings as well
Try to make sure that small items like stationaries and paper are not left loose all over the desk as it will add up to your clutters more. Invest in folders, pen holders and organizers to keep these items well managed. This will make it easier to find the items when you need them.
- Organize filing system
Have a proper plan about how you are going to sort and file all the documents and paperwork you have. When you are buying a desk for your home office, look for the designs which have inbuilt drawers and cabinets which are big enough to hold standard-sized files. You can easily keep the important documents in these drawers so that they are easily accessible. Sort the files alphabetically or according to the subject matter. Colour-coding them will also simplify your search when you urgently need the documents.
- Labelling helps
While cleaning and organizing the home office you will come across various items that you cannot recall buying or having around. You might as well not recognize them and wonder why you have them at all.
Labelling each and every file, documents, items ensure they are not misplaced and you can easily recall their purpose even after years. This is particularly the reality for legal documents which you have to keep for years but you may not always remember why you have them in the first place. Labelling the specific storage spaces also ensure all the items and stationaries used during your working hours are duly returned to their places at the end of the day, making it easier to find them.
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Label items as minor as a pen stand or pencil holders stating their purpose so that the items are returned to their respective places. Not being able to find a pen or pencil when you need it can be a nuisance during urgency.
- Ensure safety
Lots of cords and wires clustering at the foot of the table can be hazardous and lead to accidents. They also collect a lot of dust and get tangled up which can damage the wiring. The best way to avoid such hazard is using cord managers and hiding these cords or opting for a wireless set-up. Use labels and tags for the wires to quickly organize them when you need to reposition or clean the place. Going wireless or organizing the cords also prevent chances of tripping over them.
When you are trying to clean up the messes and organize your home office properly, the above mentioned are certain things you should take into consideration. Cleaning the home office and maintaining a dedicated workstation becomes much easier when you invest in specific furniture and accessories necessary for your home office.
At Bijan Interiors, we can guide you with the best designer and functional home office set-up if you come to us.