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Tips to Refresh Your Home Office Organization

Tips to Refresh Your Home Office Organization

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When the pandemic was at its peak, working from home became the new normal for many of us. Since then, more and more companies have begun to implement return to office strategies for their employees. However, the sentiment still remains that many people prefer flexibility in the workplace, with the option to work remotely from home if necessary. So, although more of our work days may be taking place in a corporate office, a well-organized home office is still just as much of a necessity. Here are a few tips if you’re looking to refresh your home office organization strategy:

Keep your workspace organized

There’s nothing that will make you feel less motivated to be productive than a cluttered work space. So, it’s crucial to implement an office organization structure that works well for you. If you’re working a typical corporate job where you’re on your laptop for most of the day, this may be as simple as investing in a few desk organization products. Items like filing cabinets, pencil holders, and magazine racks will give your loose items homes so that they aren’t strewn across your workspace. (Pro tip: don’t forget the drawers! Even though they’re easily hidden, it’s still important to utilize drawer organizers to keep even the smallest sections of your desk clean and clutter-free.)

If your job is more of a self-run startup or small business, organizing your workspace may go further than just buying desk organization products. We understand that startups and small businesses are often just a few people doing everything — from taking orders to maintaining inventory to providing the product or service to the customer. So, it’s important to have different zones within your home office that are dedicated to each step of your business. This zoning and workflow is customizable to each individual business, but at its base level you should have a station for receiving orders, one for preparing the order, and one for sending out the order.

Purge old paper products

While you’re pulling out all of your office materials and reorganizing them into your new organization system, set aside all of the loose papers, pamphlets, and mail that has accumulated over time. We promise, you’re not the first person to let their office or desk become a catch all for random mail and other paper materials, so now is the perfect time to go through these items and purge anything that no longer needs to be kept. (That coupon you received in the mail that expired two months ago? Yeah, you don’t need to keep that in your desk drawer any longer.) This is arguably the most satisfying part of reorganizing your home office, and you’ll be amazed at how much less clutter you’ll have just by getting rid of a handful of loose papers!

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Utilize wall space

Remember when we said there’s no such thing as “dead space” in your kitchen? Well, that applies to your home office, too. In fact, the walls in your home office might be the most valuable piece of real estate for your organizational needs. Not only is this space perfect for adding your own personal flare to the office’s design, but it also allows you to clear up some of your desk space. Instead of laying out a desk calendar, to-do list, and any other note-taking items you use, consider hanging them instead. A wall calendar keeps track of your agenda just as efficiently as a desk calendar does, and a dry erase board is an easy (and sustainable) way to update your to-do list every day. Plus, a bulletin board is perfect for hanging sticky notes or any other reminders you may jot down throughout the day.

Separate work life and personal life

At the start of the pandemic, we shared some tips on how to set up your home office space. These tips are still useful when refreshing your home office, especially the idea of separating work life and personal life. One of the biggest challenges of work from home life is getting creative with your home or apartment to avoid working, eating, sleeping, and socializing all in one room (especially if you live in a studio). It can be confusing to both your mind and body if you’re trying to be productive and work in the same space you’re also sleeping or relaxing, like your bed or couch. To avoid this, make sure your desk and work materials are in their own section of your home, whether that’s a completely different room or just in an opposite corner of the living room. 

Schedule your wellness breaks

This tip is focused more on the organization of your mental well being rather than actually organizing a tangible space, but it’s just as important. Like we said, it can be tough to have your work life and personal life all in one apartment or home, so it’s important to take wellness breaks throughout the day. These can look different from person to person, but we recommend getting outside and taking a walk, doing some yoga or stretching throughout the day, or even just taking a quick mental break to do a midday meditation. We know it can be hard to find time for these things throughout the day, so even if you only have 10 to 15 minutes between meetings, block off that time on your calendar for a quick wellness check in. If it’s on your calendar, you’ll be more likely to hold yourself accountable to actually taking this break rather than working straight through it.

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