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How to Declutter Your Home Office

Updated on November 4, 2011
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If your home office is anything like mine, it is far too easy for it to become cluttered with random “to dos” on the desk and a stack of papers ceiling high to be filed or thrown or something. So what’s the best way to declutter a home office that has become filled with too much stuff?

Purging
I don’t know about you but I save far too much junk. Papers from my child’s schoolwork, coupons, and random items that I simply cannot seem to make myself part with. Once or twice a year, I force myself to go through old files and get rid of things that I no longer need. I go through the papers on my desk at least once a month. It should be more like once a week (I’m working my way up to that). Take an honest look at papers on your desk or in your “to file” area. Ask yourself if you really need to save it or if you are hanging onto it for someday. Financial papers are the only things that you truly need to save for tax purposes. But there is even a limit to what you should save for that. Consult a tax professional if you are unsure of what you need to save. Saving legal paperwork is also a good idea. Check with your attorney if you are unsure of how much you need to keep.

Making Files
If you do not have a filing cabinet for your home office, consider getting one. If you want to declutter your home office, the papers piled up on your desk or in corners of the room need somewhere to go. A filing cabinet can help you keep important papers organized and easily accessible. Just be sure to organize them in a way that you will look for them. To keep paper off of your desk, it is also helpful to have a desktop file organizer with files that you access frequently. Consider having folders for: bills, mail that requires a response, and any business projects that you are working on. Try to have separate folders for each project so that you don’t get confused.

The trick of being able to declutter your home office or any area in your home is to find a system that works for you and to get rid of unnecessary things. All you need is some dedicated time to work on your home office and a determination to get it cleaned up.

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