Whether you’re a freelancer whose cubicle is down the hall from your bedroom or you’d just like a quiet sane place to work on that novel, you will eventually realize that a certain amount of organization is necessary to getting the job done. If you’ve developed habits that lead to paper and books and pens being scattered everywhere, however, it can be hard to get your work area up to the standard you need. Luckily, with a few simple steps, you’ll be able to make ensure that you have a tidy work environment in no time!
First, to get truly organized, you are going to need to get everything sorted out in terms of what you do and don’t need. While it may be traumatic to toss out all the knickknacks and old documents that you’ve saved, it will create an impressive amount of space. Remember the old saying that if you haven’t thought about it or used it in a year, you can definitely get rid of it. If you can’t bear to throw something away, try giving it away instead. This can also help if you’re after whole new office furnishings. If you’d like to get a better desk, one that has good storage and will suit your needs better, consider donating your old office equipment to charity; some places will even come and do a pickup, saving you the trouble!
Once you’ve got your belongings pared down, you are going to need a place to store what’s left. One trap that many people fall into is that they have too many things and no place to put them. With a little bit of ingenuity and some basic document boxes and containers, you can tame down just about any home office mess. The important thing is to make sure that everything has a place to sit that isn’t on your work surface!
In the interests of getting good storage space, don’t be afraid to think outside of the box, so to speak. If you’re short on floor space, considering getting a wall-mounted rack. If you have a lot of small objects floating around that you will need, considering getting a small set of drawers and boxes that will sit on your desk. When you get everything into its own proper place, you’ll be able to see the difference this makes.
In terms of conserving space, it is likely that you have a multitude of electronic items in your work space. It is important to make sure that these cords aren’t jumbled into a pile that has been shoved out of sight and out of mind behind your desk. Sooner or later, you will need to move something and a jumble of cords will be facing you! Considering getting cord and cable rollers, things that can bundle those cords together for you. Bundling your cords together will create a more polished and clear appearance and you might be surprised how much this helps your productivity!
Remember that your office will reflect the state of your mind and plan accordingly. With a little bit of effort, you’ll find that it’s easy to keep everything in order and close to hand!