Eliminate the Chaos of Home Office Clutter
The home office has slowly become the foundation of the modern day
household. We pay the bills, organize recipe files and photo alb
ums and develop calendars and schedules on our computers, and some
of us make a living from here. With so many different activities
happening here, it's easy to see how it can easily become the mos
t disorganized and unkempt area of the home. A clean organized de
sk and home office can save time, stress and even money if we work
from home. So if you're feeling overwhelmed by your messy desk a
nd disorganized office, take a good hard look and see what's overw
helming your order the most.
Mail is probably the biggest contributing factor to our messy desktop
s. Get in the habit of dealing with your mail on a daily basis. Tos
s what you can, place those things that need to be shredded into a sh
redding bin and shred them once per week, and file the rest away prop
erly. This might also be the time to update your filing system and m
ake folders for current years or months.
Another culprit of office clutter is computer storage media such as C
Ds, DVDs and floppy disks. Take the time to ensure each is properly
labeled and placed in a protective file or case. Categorize and alph
abetize them for easy access.
If you have an office area that is commonly used by all family member
s, it can easily become cluttered with glasses, coffee cups, food wra
ppers and dirty dishes. Since computer equipment can easily be damag
ed should something spill on it, it's probably wise to impose a rule
forbidding eating and drinking while using the computer. This would
lessen the clutter at the same time. If you spend a considerable amo
unt of time during the day in your office and your office space is la
rge enough, provide for an area far from the computer and other elect
ronic equipment where food and drink can be set without the fear of r
uining equipment should a spill occur.
If you utilize a bulletin board, take