We all have our “organized messes,” at home: places that look like a jumble of notes and papers to outsiders but, in our minds, are arranged with intent and purpose. We know – precisely – where our sticky notes are among that teetering mass of office supplies. We know – for the most part – where tomorrow’s work sits and yesterday’s projects rest. While this kind of organization isn’t uncommon, it can lead to space issues, lost effort, and – worst of all – missed deadlines. In today’s post, we’re going to discuss a few tactics that will help you keep your home office clean and orderly.
What do you need?
Do you really need that full-sized sheet of paper with a single, unlabeled phone number scrawled on it? Or that leadless mechanical pencil that you’re going to refill… one day? Probably not. The first step in organizing your home office is to take a cold, unemotional look at what is needed. If you can’t remember why you have something, there’s no good reason it should have a home on your desk.
Organize around usability.
A desk – and an office – should be organized around convenience. If you regularly use notebooks, they should be on hand at all times. If you’re always running out of ink pens, you should have a cache of them nearby. To get the most out of your home office, ask yourself, “What do I use every day?” and, once you’ve answered that question, put all of those items within arm’s reach.
Control your cables.
We’ve looked at the desktop but, what about the jumble of cords underneath it? A good home office removes distractions and getting your feet wrapped up in a mess of cords is the definition of a distraction. Thankfully, Cable Corral from TechDek Products can help you with your under-desk cable management. So, if you’re looking to maintain your home office, eliminate distractions, and keep things tidy, be sure to visit our online store!