For people that work from home, having an organised, neat and tidy office is the key to productivity. When documents are easier to find and space less cluttered, getting important work completed goes from challenging to natural.
Summer’s in full swing, making it a great time to clean up and tidy your office for the warmer weather. From organising books and documents to decluttering your desk, read on to learn how to quickly and easily organise your home office for summer.
Perform a summer clean-up over the weekend
Have you ever sat down at a messy desk on Monday and found it hard to even start working? Working at a messy desk is difficult, not only because it’s hard to find the items you need but because the environment isn’t suited to optimal productivity.
Give yourself a good start every Monday by cleaning up your office, particularly your desk, over the weekend. A quick clean-up on Friday evening or Sunday is often all it takes to make your office a mega-productive space during the week.
Start with your desk and organise outward
One of the toughest parts of cleaning up your home office is working out where to start. Should you organise your bookshelf, clean up your desk or start by throwing away unused items that are cluttering up tables and other spaces?
Give yourself a simple place to start organising by beginning with your work desk and organising outwards. This way, you’ll clean, decluttering and organise the most important parts of your office first before moving on to the smaller, easier jobs.
Simplify and organise your computer’s cables
Cable management is one of the most important yet frequently ignored aspects of creating a clean and tidy office space. If your computer workstation has cables that are wound up and untidy, it creates a fire and falling risk for your work area.
Declutter and organise your computer’s cables by clipping small cables together to reduce the amount of space they take up, installing cables against walls and pieces of furniture and fixing cables to the underside of your desk for a cleaner look.
Put your most-used items inside a storage box
What are the top five office items you couldn’t live without? From your best pen to your trusty iPad, there are certain items that are highly useful for work but easy to misplace.
Keep your office clean, clutter-free and organised by storing your most-used items inside a storage box on top of your desk. A two-drawer chest can sit nicely on top of your work desk, making it easy to access the items you need, when you need them.
Scan and throw away old, unneeded documents
Is your home office full of documents that were only relevant several months or years ago? Having a home office that’s cluttered with old items may not be a sign that you’re a hoarder, but it definitely means your office could use a clean-up.
Keep your office free of clutter by scanning any documents that are older than six months and don’t need a physical copy. Once you’ve backed up the digital copies using Google Drive or Dropbox, you can throw away the originals for less clutter.