Clutter in your office

My theme today is clutter in your office.  Does your desk look anything like the one pictured here?  If so, most people would say that you are in dire need of some office organizing.  Some people insist that they can work amidst this sort of chaos, but most of us cannot do our best and most efficient work if our working environment looks like this.  In researching clutter and organization, I found the following article, and the author was kind enough to allow me to share it with my readers.  Amber has an organizing business and offers her insights into things you can do to organize your home office and work space.  Thank you Amber.

Organizing Your Home Office

This article comes to us from the author:

Amber Kostelny
Certified Professional Organizer
from Amber’s Organizing, LLC

In a business setting, being organized makes a world of difference. Organization not only helps in common tasks such as meeting deadlines, retrieving information quickly for an appointment, or keeping your desk pile free for your client who’s stopping by- it makes you a trusted business professional. Clients, vendors, customers, employees, and others will be able to rely on you to be on time for a meeting, pay bills on time, follow through, keep your word, manage a project well, and store records or papers without losing them.  For me, it is crucial to practice what I preach. How can I tell clients to organize all day, if I don’t keep my business organized? I don’t stay organized for others; I maintain organization because it saves me a ton of time and prevents wasting money and energy. The efficiency and productivity from being organized is priceless.

Busy professionals often have desks and offices filled with clutter that drain their energy, make it impossible to find anything and cuts down on their productivity throughout the work day. If your office needs some organizing, we’re here to help. Your office is where you spend most of your time, working to make the most of your salary, to pay for most of the things in your life. An office is for getting things done.  We want to be Focused. Efficient. Creative. Productive. Energized . Excited . and Inspired. Here’s some office organizing tips to get your office back on track.

Organize your Desk

  • Designate one file folder, one pad of paper, or one e-document in the computer to keep all passwords and usernames organized. Of course, disguise or hide it for safety. If this is your home office and your family needs access to add or subtract new and old passwords, create a system the whole family can use and find.
  • Keep your filing system simple. Only file permanent records and records used for taxes. Track business expenses by the month. If you don’t enjoy filing and don’t want a complicated system use twelve folders labeled the twelve months of the year. File business expenses and receipts by month. If you have several client folders you can organize them alphabetically or by year. If you’re not using a formal bookkeeper or financial software to track your business income or expense this will make it simple to integrate one later. Everything will be organized to make the system current.
  • Go wireless. Less cords creates less hassle and mess. Laptops, IPads, and smart phones are common household electronics these days. Linking them all up to a wireless printer and accessing the internet throughout the office or home is common sense.
  • Buy a large garbage bin and an expensive ($100 or more) shredder. The cheap ones break, always jam, overheat, or are super slow. Use your shredder daily as to prevent you having to shred for hours one day in the future.
  • Set an audible phone or computer reminder everyday at the same time. Take 5-10 minutes to listen to it and act on it, by putting things away, throwing paper out, and filing. If you only follow or do one of these tips, this would be the best one, by far! Your desk will stay clear of paper and piles. Clear it off daily. Only leave out current projects or paperwork.
  • To manage paper flow on a daily basis, ask yourself, “What’s the next action step required for this paper I’m holding?” – is it to do, to call, to delegate, to email, to research, to read etc. Take your five most common action steps, label trays or folders with that action word, and start to place paper in them DAILY.
  • We often hold on to paper to remind us of something. Instead eliminate the paper and transfer that reminder to a list or calendar on your phone or computer.
  • Containerize and label all the small things– CDs, cords, memory sticks, business cards, post its, pads of paper, coins etc. Give your junk drawers purpose and maximize space by clearing out the small trinkets, giveaways, and knick knacks.
  • Use drawer organizers in every drawer so loose change, paper clips, and erasers don’t get out of hand.

The View from Your Office

The other day I saw a post on Tumblr that had a picture of an office that had a beautiful view of San Francisco.  It made me dream of having such a view from my office window.

However, not all of us can have a view of San Francisco from our office window, but we can create a view that will give us that same feeling. If you have a window in your office space, make sure that your desk is situated so that you can see out (hopefully the view will be pleasant.) If not, add some decor to your walls that will give you that incredible feeling when you look at it. There are a variety of vinyl stickers (such as the one shown here), art work, and murals you can pick up to add to your decor.  Some of them even look like a window with a beautiful scene outside.  You can also use lighting and rugs to add more variety in your decor.  There is no reason for your office to be blah – spice it up with your personality.

At SheilasHomeOffice.com shop for lamps, rugs, etc that can add your personality to your office.  If you are looking for something in particular, let us know.  We will do our best to find it for you.  We are your source for the best in home office decor.

What Does “Home Office” Mean to You

Home office means different things to different people.  For those of us who have grown up and worked all our lives in a “regular” business office, a home office is generally just an extension of such offices.  However, a home office can be used by crafters as a workshop.  They will work on their crafting in their office.  They will work on their advertising (if they are in the business of selling their crafts).  They will work on their accounting in their office.  Therefore, their needs in a home office are somewhat different than what we would consider needs in our “regular” office.  Storage needs are different.  As shown in the picture from sehomes.tumblr,  storage for ribbons, storage for wrapping paper and storage for other crafting supplies are needed rather than so much storage for files, copy paper, etc.  Storage for smaller items such as beads, sequins, buttons, special pens is needed.

So we need to realize that we can’t just visualize home offices as an extension of a business office – we need to be creative and come up with office designs that can serve the many different versions of people who work from home.

At SheilasHomeOffice, we currently serve the needs of the “business office”, but as we go forward, we will also be watching for those items that can be used by a variety of work-from-home business owners.  If you have ideas for products that you would like to see in our store, please feel free to contact us with those ideas.  You can email us at pfeiferhomebusinessllc@gmail.com or complete the Contact Form on our home page (bottom).

We want to be the source for the best in home office decor.