Do you have a home office? Keeping your small apartment office neat and tidy is perhaps the best way to motivate yourself to be as productive as possible. You’d think a home office is much easier to organize since it’s smaller than your actual office desk but you’d be surprised how fast clutter could build up!
The thing is, home office organizing is something that most of us do not think much about until clutter spills all over the place! Most of us tend to put a variety of objects on the desk – dirty mugs, stacks of files, pens, piles of stationery, etc. – until there is no more room for much else!
Do not wait until you run out of space in your home office! Make your small apartment office neat and functional again with these clever organizing tips:
Purging Your Desk
To make room for actual work, you have to clear your office desk. Throw out objects that are slowly taking over your desk such as unwashed mugs, old magazines, pens that ran out of ink, crumpled paper, etc. These unnecessary items are only taking up too much room on your desk. Once the clutter is clear, your home office will look much more conducive for working. Don’t forget to replenish your supplies to keep your home desk as functional as possible.
Clearing the File Cabinets
The file drawers collect clutter too, which is ironic considering that filing cabinets are supposed to add order to an otherwise busy space. But for most folks who tend to cram whatever files they could in a filing cabinet, these clutter solutions turn into clutter traps!
Go through your filing cabinet and sort through your stuff. Get rid of accumulated clutter and then organize the important files by types. I highly suggest removing anything that’s no longer necessary or updated, including files that should be shredded. For old files that you should keep but aren’t current, get a cardboard file box and store these files here. Stow the box in storage until you need them again.
Tidying Up the Bulletin Board
Bulletin boards serve as a place where we post reminders for upcoming events, meetings, and any work-related event. But if your bulletin board is ridden with forgotten notes, it’s time to organize it. Just like the cabinet files, the bulletin board has the tendency to become a clutter magnet. To organize your bulletin board, remove all the posted or written reminders that have passed. If you posted pictures and other stuff on the board, consider taking these down and then moving them elsewhere.
Store in Containers
One of the reasons why a small apartment office collects clutter much faster is the lack of storage space. No matter how small your home office is, make sure you have enough storage space for all the important documents and files you need so these don’t end up everywhere.
Keep your office supplies neat and tidy by investing in bins, baskets, and drawers. Categorize your files and keep small items in a separate organizer so you don’t waste time rummaging through stuff looking for something that you misplaced.
Label everything in your home office if you could. This helps speed things up whenever you are looking for an important file or an office item. Also, adding labels elevate the look of a small office so invest in a label maker. Start labeling your desk containers before moving the files, drawers, storage boxes, etc.
Create Different Zones
No matter how small your home office is, it’s nice to designate different zones within the space to keep things organized. The desk should be the center of your workspace. It’s comprised of the desk, computer, and office supplies.
On the other hand, the files, binders, professional books, and other materials should be separated from the main workspace. Keep all these in a file cabinet or a small shelf. The office supply zone should contain all your office essentials including paper supplies, pens, sticky-notes. etc.
Focus on Functionality
Keeping your home office neat and organized isn’t just about putting things in order. You have to arrange your equipment according to the frequency of use. This way, you don’t waste time and free spaces on office items that you rarely ever use. For instance, if you use the scanner infrequently, do not set it in the main workspace. If you are using the printer all the time, it should always be within easy reach.
Organizing Cables and Wires
No matter how well-organized a small apartment office is, the look is ruined by tangled wires and unruly cables! Thankfully, there are simple ways of keeping wires and cables neat and concealed.
You can bundle the wires and cables together using cable clips or zip ties to keep these organized. Set the bundled wires behind your office equipment to keep them out of sight.
You can also use labels to contain unruly cables and wires using a label maker or masking tape. Binder clips can be used as a makeshift cable organizer too. Just release the wire clamp, run the plug through and them clip the binder clip on the edge of your work desk.