Get your home office organized with storage advice and organizing tips that’ll make your workday more efficient and enjoyable.
When it comes to getting your life and home in order, why not start with your home office
? Often forgotten about in the organizing world, coming in behind busier parts of the home like the kitchen and bathroom, the home office (filled with some of the most important items and papers in your home) should no longer be neglected. With the help of interior designer
and organizing expert Shelley Kirsch
, your home office can be just as organized, tidy and easy to navigate as the rest of your home. So get ready to make your home office totally workable.
Home office organizing
Begin with the must-haves. No home office would be complete without certain things that will improve the function of your space. According to Kirsch, filing cabinets, shelving, excellent lighting options
, a paper shredder, a large enough surface (a work table that is not the same as your desk) to be able to spread out project work and comfortable seating are all essential.
In a home office, storage is key
Ever feel like you’re constantly tidying up your home office, straightening up papers and on a never-ending search for items, thank you cards and pens? The home office is one of those places that can get cluttered very quickly, mainly due to the fact that there are so many odds and ends that occupy the space. The key to making things easier to find is all about finding a home for the items. “Make sure you have enough storage for the types of items you need to keep available on a regular basis,” says Shelley. “If not, there will be a sense of clutter, both physical and mental, that you will never rise above.” Follow the old adage – a place for everything and everything in its place.
Keep your desk clean. Super clean.
The desk is the heartbeat of your home office. It’s where you work on your computer, sign papers, look over projects and read over bills. So it’s vitally important to keep it as clean as possible at all times. Shelley says the desk should have “as little as possible on it. Maybe a stapler, a pen well, a task lamp, but that’s it.” Use your computer (if it is needed in your home office), sort through bills and write notes, then immediately file in the appropriate places. At the end of each night, put away any stray items so you can start the next day with a clean desk. Doing so each night will keep clutter from piling up and get you in the habit of placing things in their proper home.
More filing tips and tricks on the next page.