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3 Smart Organization Tips for Home Offices

Updated on June 8, 2011

Do you have a bad habit of organization in your home office?

When you work for yourself, especially at home, its crucial to keep everything organized because it only helps you become more productive and that makes you more profitable. A common tip is to only keep the most needed items within reach on your office table, things like a pen/pencil holder cup, a 2 or 3 level tray with important paperwork, and a small pad for quick note taking.

This is actually exactly what I have on my office table, along with a coaster for my coffee mug, but thats all! Everything else should be neatly put away in drawers. So here are 2 smart and quick tips for office organization that you can implement in minutes.

  1. Only important things sit on the table - Just like I mentioned before, only have a cupholder with pens/pencils within arms reach, a tray for important documents and blank sheets of paper, and a pad for quick note taking. Everything else is optional.
  2. Always clean up at the end of the day - Very important that you clean up what mess you made during the day, so you're not bombarded with it the next morning. Its important to start your workday with a positive and energetic vibe, and nothing says "I dont feel like working" like a big messy table that you have to clean before you can actually start working.
  3. Dont hoard in your office - This means, dont keep unnecessary documents and other junk in your office, always keep important files and throw away (recycle) the rest. Always keep the minimalist view when keeping paperwork in your office, because it can accumulate very quickly. Throw away your receipts from years back, as you can now quickly scan them on to your computer if needed.

Implement these quick home office organization tips, and you'll be sure to have a more productive work day!


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    • Paul Edmondson profile image

      Paul Edmondson 6 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      We have a big office organization project coming up. We use it for work, but also the kids do art in it so it's a little tricky to get organized. We are going to start by putting everything that's loose in bins, get the office empty and then start putting things away. If it doesn't have a spot in the office, we'll get rid of it.