Apr 1 2020 10 Home Office Hacks To Get You Organized Now

Dated: April 1 2020

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Working from home can be super comfortable and productive — unless your home office is a disaster. Follow these 10 simple tips to help declutter your space.

PURGE PAPER

Pile of Papers

It's easy to let papers pile up in your home office. Get control of the clutter before it takes over your space. Go through every piece of paper in your office by using the System of Three: shred/toss it, file it or take action from it. File your important paperwork in a color-coded filing system.

COLOR-CODE YOUR FILING SYSTEM

Create a Mail Organizer

A well-organized filing system is a good indication of a functional office space. To organize, separate the filing system into five color-coded categories, and label each hanging folder according to your needs.

GREEN: Financial
RED: Medical
ORANGE: Personal
YELLOW: Insurance
BLUE: House

CREATE A MAIL STATION

Office bins are on a slat wall for organization.

In order to maintain control of the paper coming into the home office, create a mail station. Make a folder for incoming and outgoing mail, mail to file, bills and a folder for every family member. As soon as the mail comes in, file it in the mail station. Then once a week, take a few minutes and go through each folder.

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CREATE A PRINTING STATION

Hiding the Printer in Fauxdenza

DIY Playbook

Designate a space in your office to house the printer and printer supplies. If you have a wireless printer, it doesn't need to go on your desk. By placing it in a cabinet or other area in your office, you will gain much more space on your desk for other items.

STORE IN CONTAINERS

Drawer Divider

Melissa George, Polished Habitat

Store all your office supplies in containers, drawers, baskets and bins. Putting all these supplies out of sight will give your office a decluttered look.

USE A LABEL MAKER

Blue and Orange Labeled Filing Folders

Invest in a good label maker and label your files, drawers and boxes for an easy way to organize your office. Whenever someone needs something, you will know exactly where it is.

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CATEGORIZE

Office Supplies in a Container.

Organize your office into categories, placing like items together. By doing this, your office will become more functional. For example, look in your mail drawer next time you need stamps.

COMMON CATEGORIES:

Stickies (sticky notes, tabs, stickers, etc.)
Tools (straight cutter, staple, staple remover, hole puncher)
Budget (checkbook, calculator, bill calendar)
Writing Tools (markers, pens, pencils)
Mail (envelopes, stamps, address labels)
Labeling (labeler and label tape)

ORGANIZE YOUR BOOKS

Books Color-Coded on a Shelf.

You can organize books by genre, color or size depending on your preference. Organizing by color will add a stunning design element while giving your space a clutter-free, organized look.

CREATE LIFE BINDERS

ADD FUNCTIONALITY WITH FOLDERS

Flynnside Out Productions

Organize your most important papers in binders for easy grab-and-go in case of an emergency. For example, if there was a medical emergency, you could grab your medical binder and have all the information you need immediately. Here are some top binder categories:

Medical: This binder is where your family's medical records are kept. If you ever need to go to a new doctor or if you have a complex medical diagnosis, everything is organized in one spot.

Pet: This binder should contain your pets' medical records, shot records and medications.

Auto: This binder is designated for all car repairs, maintenance records and car insurance papers.

Manuals: Store your manuals in one place in this binder. You can even separate the binder by sub-categories, such as appliances, electronics, garden and house.

House: Store all house-related information here, such as maintenance, pest control, security system and contact numbers for handymen.

Personal: This binder can store anything else that doesn't fit in another category or file.

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UTILIZE WALL SPACE

DIY Home Office Desk with Wall Organizer System

Jo Torrijos

This is often the one step people miss when organizing their office. Use your wall space to hang filing systems, calendars, whiteboards, shelving and more. There is so much more space available when you go vertical.

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Toni Hammersley

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