Your home office should be a place that works well for you, reflects your own personal style, and is somewhere you look forward to spending time. Keeping things organized in your home office helps you avoid a cluttered workspace, which makes it easier to keep your thoughts and actions organized. This will help you be more productive than you could in a crowded, cluttered space. If you feel as though getting organized is an overwhelming task, we’re here to show you that it doesn’t have to be, if you break it down.
Start by having a place for everything, even if it’s a box or basket to start with, and grouping like items together. If color coding works for you, colored file folders are a great way to organize the papers in your desk drawer. Got a pile of business cards you don’t know what to do with? A business card case will keep your contacts all in one place, and you can organize the cards any way that works for you — alphabetical by the contact’s first name, last name, business name, type of business or service, or anything that makes sense to you and helps you find the right card when you need it. To keep a supply of your own business cards handy, a personal business card holder can be tossed into your bag or slipped into a pocket to keep your contact information at the ready for that next business opportunity.
Are you a jotter, always looking for a clean pad of paper to jot a quick note to someone, or a reminder for yourself? An attractive, functional note paper holder with multicolored paper or a set of coordinating notepads will keep a supply of notepaper at your fingertips, and your notes won’t get lost among the mail or copy paper.
Looking for a way to organize all the things you have to do in a day, week, or month? Use sticky notes to prioritize your tasks on a wall calendar or in a journal. Using a simple numbering system from one to ten, you can organize (and reorganize) the order in which things need to be done by simply rearranging the notes as things change.
If you’re looking for something unique to organize mail on your desktop and you love DIY projects, you can make your own elegant organizer with a small slab of marble, some hot glue, gold or silver spray paint, and a few shelving brackets. You’ll have glam dividers to separate incoming and outgoing bills, and all your friends will want to know how you did it. If you’d rather keep mail off your desk, you can repurpose an old Bermuda shutter with a fresh coat of paint (or leave it as is, if you like the distressed look) and a couple of hanging brackets. Place it on the wall beside the door and grab outgoing mail on the way out. Speaking of mail, an address stamper or address labels that coordinate with your personal stationery are a great way to save your writing hand when it comes to addressing event invitations or thank you notes.
Adding a touch of greenery to your workspace can help bring the freshness of spring indoors. If you don’t have much of a green thumb, consider an arrangement of succulents; they don’t require much water or upkeep, and can be found in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. With an organized home office, you’ll be more efficient and productive when you work, giving you more time to do all the other things you enjoy.FineStationery at 12:15 PM