WHY A CLEAN HOME OFFICE MAKES YOU MORE PRODUCTIVEJuly 29, 2017
Studies show that when your home is messy, your mind is messy: The more objects in your field of view, the harder your brain has to work to process visual stimuli. Take a load off your brain and get more done by reorganizing your home office to clear the clutter. As many as one in five Americans work from home, which makes the matter of home office organization a pressing one for many families. For increased productivity, start with these tips on home office organization.
CLEAN UP ELECTRONICS
All the wires, cords, and cables from home office electronics not only look messy, they get tangled. This compounds matters by making it even harder for you to correct the problems and clear clutter so you can enjoy a tidy office.
As a first step in home office organization, clear away, clean, and detangle all the wires. Sort items by what you use regularly (like the printer) and what you use occasionally. If you like to listen to music while you work, consider wireless speakers to simplify your space. Then, look for custom cabinets that have spaces for wires to go through. This way, the wires aren’t running across your desk, creating a mess.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT DESK FOR YOUR WORK
If your desk does not meet your needs or suit the space, then you will struggle to use it and to work as productively as possible. When you invest in your home office with a desk that suits your space, budget, and needs, you will be more likely to keep the desk clean on a daily basis.
Whether you opt for a two-sided desk, traditional table-like desk, or even a standing desk, select something sturdy and well-built so it will stand the test of time. Then, clear off the desk to start with a clean slate. Place items in drawers and organize paper in custom cabinets or wire organizer.
ADD CUSTOM STORAGE TO SUPPORT YOUR NEEDS
To keep the office clean going forward, add custom cabinets either overhead, beside, or behind the desk. Cabinets can store files, allow you to organize both personal and professional paperwork, or hold backup office supplies where you can easily access them.
Invest in stackable desk organizers, so you can keep items that you are working on nearby without adding clutter to the space. Finally, put your personal touches on your desk.
A little investment in custom cabinets and storage media is well worth it when you can sit down at your desk and focus on important deliverables. Spend a weekend cleaning and organizing your home office and invest in yourself.