Home office organization is something most people struggle with. How do you arrange the furniture? What should be in your home office? What shouldn’t? Everyone’s space is different and is used differently, but we all have one thing in common, we want it organized!
With so many wonderful organization solutions and ideas, anyone can transform their home office from a cluttered nightmare to a functional work space.
Can you imagine walking into your home office and actually being able to think clearly? We all need a space where we can quietly work on our computers, work from home, pay our bills, create new things, and get inspired to fulfill our goals.
Whatever function your personal home office needs to have, there are plenty of simple ways to go about getting it organized.
This guide with help you thoroughly organize your home office to perfection. So let’s get started!
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01 | IDENTIFY YOUR HOME OFFICE
A simple, but important step to not neglect. What do you want for your home office? Here are some ideas to help you identify your space.
- All work and no play. You need your office to be a serious place where you can focus on important tasks and keep all important documents.
- The family office. Everyone in the family can use this space freely. A place to do homework, a place where everyone can see social calendars, or a place to pull out the art supplies for a fun project.
- Comfort and inspiration. You crave an office that will inspire you to finish your novel or has a cozy nook to crack open a book.
So the questions is what do you need your home office to be for you?
02 | DECLUTTER TIME
So now you know what you want for your home office, now it’s time to declutter anything out of that current space that does not fit your vision.
The easiest thing to start with is to remove anything that for sure belongs in a different room. Kids’ toys, exercise equipment, extra blankets, boxes of things that should be in the attic. Whatever it is for you, declutter it now.
Home office’s have a knack for being filled with tons of office supplies! Well, duh… it’s an office.
The problem is with office supplies we often end up with an overabundance we will never use.
This is your opportunity to declutter ruthlessly through your office supplies. Be brutal. Do you need a shoe box filled with pens? Do those markers actually work? If you haven’t used those manila envelopes in last five years are they worth holding onto?
Declutter down to the essentials!
03 | CLEAR THE SPACE TO CLEAR YOUR HEAD
Although difficult, clearing a room completely to the bare bones is one sure-fire way to get it completely re-organized to your liking.
We all experience a sense of “tunnel-vision” when it comes to our homes. We never think about what that desk might look like pushed to the middle of the room because we are so accustomed to it being pushed into the corner.
With a nice clear space to work with you have the rare opportunity to look at your home office with a new set of eyes.
Think about some of the benefits you can get if you take the time to completely empty the room.
- You can paint the walls a new fresh color.
- You have the opportunity to give the room a very deep clean. Think baseboards and steam cleaning the floors!
- Can’t afford new furniture? Why not re-surface or re-paint your existing furniture for a new look?
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04 | DECIDE ON YOUR ARRANGEMENT
Whether you got new furniture, painted the old, or just re-arranging your current, it is time to pick a layout that is functional and appealing.
The idea is that you want to spend more time in your office. If you over cram it with furniture, or have a lack of work space, then you may quickly find yourself not wanting to spend time there.
Not sure how you want your furniture arranged? Take a look at the following four ideas based on the basic fundamentals of a home office. A desk, a chair, two shelving units, wall shelves, and a bookcase/work station.
DESK IN THE MIDDLE
DAY DREAMING OUT THE WINDOW
DESK JUTTING OUT FROM THE WALL
DESK FACING SHELVES
05 | FIND YOUR STORAGE SOLUTIONS
Looks like you’ve figured out your layout and here is the fun part! How to organize all of your stuff!
I will tell you this, if you are short of storage then this may be the time to consider a small investment for your home office. A bookcase, some wall shelves, bins, boxes, etc.
Once you have a clear idea of where things are to go. Try some of the following tips to take your home office organization to a new level.
MAKE SURE YOU LABEL ANYTHING YOU PUT IN A BASKET OR BOX
MATCHING ORGANIZING CONTAINERS CAN CREATE THE ILLUSION OF A MORE ORGANIZED ENVIRONMENT
MAKE SURE DESK DRAWERS HAVE SEPARATE COMPARTMENTS FOR EASY ORGANIZING
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REALLY UTILIZE YOUR SHELVES
Decluttering and organizing your home office is well worth the effort. You deserve a place to be able to focus, be productive, and feel inspired.
So what are you waiting for? You perfect home office is waiting for you to make that first step.
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