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7 Tasks for a More Organized Office

By - September 30th, 2016

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If your desk (or your child’s) already seems to be filled to the brim with paperwork and other clutter, it’s time to get organized for increased functionality and storage space. Get started with these seven tips!

  1. Hit Reset

Use the weekend to get organized and do a little purging. Clean up stray papers and trash any supplies that no longer work. In your children’s workspaces, see if you can catalog or say goodbye to any artwork from the last month. A little purging can go a long way towards an organized office. Work in 20 to 30-minute sessions to make it easy to stay focused, especially if you anticipate purging for multiple hours.

  1. Consider Layout

Your home office could be in need of a more functional layout. This can be especially true if you share your office with a significant other or use it for multiple purposes. To test new layouts, you can use painter’s tape along the floor to see how it would feel. If you work with one of our Closet and Storage Concepts designers, they’ll show you how everything would look with our proprietary 3D computer software. They can even do re-designs to help you get a feel for your options.

Clean office with cactus plant

  1. Keep it Fresh

Before you start bringing in storage solutions, freshen up your space. Whether you need some new paint on the wall or a simple dust down, a cleaner space can help you stay focused and organized. For a touch of color, add in fresh cut flowers or change up your artwork. Fragrant flowers help your space smell just as good as it looks!

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  1. Get Organized

It’s finally time to start making improvements to your office by getting organized. Use file drawers and folders to keep paperwork organized or use this time to organize your computer files and back things up. Sort like items together and use dainty containers for small items like paper clips. Keep stationary and paper products together and have a designated printer area. Built-ins are great especially if you have a small or uniquely shaped space with multiple needs. Your units will be custom cut and installed just for your space so you know it will meet all of your storage and design needs.

  1. Consider Comfort

A home office needs to be comfortable to foster productivity. Evaluate your keyboard, mouse, and chair to start. If you frequently have cramps or aches after sitting for a prolonged period, a more ergonomic chair to support your spine could help. The same thinking goes for your keyboard and mouse setup.

Also, consider any guest seating! Maybe you need to add cushions to your existing chairs, or maybe you want to add a couple of plush chairs. Any new seating can also double as a place for you to curl up with a book.

Built in desk and workspace

  1. Do a Test Run

Once your new office setup is complete, make sure to do a test run to see if anything can be improved. Our shelving can be adjusted in some instances, which means it can adapt very easily to your needs. We can even come in to help you reassess any issues and help you find the right solution.

  1. Make Adjustments & Celebrate

You made it through all seven tasks! Take a moment to celebrate in your newly remodeled home office! After you test out your new space, it’s time to make any adjustments. Maybe it’s as simple as moving your lamp to the other side of your desk to reduce glare or adding in curtains to help filter out harsh light. It could even be time to cave in and admit you need professional help.

When you finally want to tackle getting organized, give our designers a call! They have experience making the trickiest office situations more functional.

Easy Ways to Get a Clutter-Free Home Office

By - April 18th, 2016

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Is spring cleaning wearing down on you? Organize your home office in a flash by trying these easy tasks.

Create Work Zones

Take a cue from the kitchen, and apply it to your home office. As the kitchen has different stations for washing, prep work, cooking, and food storage, create a similar system in your office. A clear workspace for paying bills or running your home business, storage for supplies and tools, a notice board to keep your to-do list, and an area for reference guides or paperwork will help to create a space that maximizes functionality.

Control the Cords

In today’s modern age, cords have become an eyesore and a nuisance. Get them under control with proper storage. Lower cabinet units can help with this as they can conceal cords while creating shelving for the printer or computer tower. Affixing extension cords underneath your desk and bundling cords together are other popular options to keep cords under wraps. Alternatively, try Bluetooth or wireless keyboards and mouses to cut down on the number of cords in your home office. You’ll be able to stop the visual clutter to help foster productivity and creativity.

Paper Processes

Just one piece of paper can lead to havoc that can’t be tamed. Fix it by creating a system that streamlines the process and minimizes the paper. A letter sorter, or alternative method, to separate what needs immediate attention from other correspondence, can make catching up on bills and paperwork easier. Having a process to deal with paperwork will limit the haphazard piles and keep your office looking streamlined. To stop paper at the source, go green and enroll in paperless statements where possible.

Storage That Works

As experts in home storage and organization, we know what that proper office storage can make a huge difference in the functionality of a home. When analyzing your storage, you will also need to analyze your stuff. It’s a prime time to decide what supplies you actually need and use in your office from the junk that’s lying around. After you’ve narrowed down, or if you’ve already done this, consider your storage needs.

Determine how many file cabinets you’ll need as well as work space. If you need a place where you need to collaborate, you’ll likely want a larger desk space with clear areas for tools and paperwork. When putting supplies in your cabinets, shelves, or drawers, be sure to break up the space to prevent intermingling for a more organized space. Longing for office furniture that actually fits your space and gives a trustworthy image to your clients? Consider a custom home office from Closet and Storage Concepts. Our designers are prepared to find a design that fits all of your things, within your budget.

Create a home office that you love that encourages productivity while looking stylish at the same time! Take advantage of our free, no-obligation estimates today!

Quick Office Organization Tips

By - July 31st, 2015

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An office is an important area in a home because it must foster productivity, but it can often be one of the first places where clutter grows. If your home office is on display and used by many different family members it can be even more stressful to keep clean. Your time is precious, here’s how to make the most of it with some quick and easy office organization tips from Closet and Storage Concepts.

Stationary Clean Out

The office tends to be a place for paperwork, paper, and more paper. This is the leading cause of what tends to clutter an office not just in appearance, but also in functionality. To cut down on the paper consider not only the bills and important documents but also sticky notes, printer paper, and other stationary goods. See what can be discarded or shredded. While you’re at it, tackle your penholder. Discard any pens and markers that are out of ink or any unusable pencils. 

Sort and Remove

The office is often a place where bills are paid, letters come in, and piles build up. Take a quick minute to sort through your piles or unread mail and discard junk mail. Remove items that don’t belong in the office, whether it’s the toy your child left or the cup that needs to be washed.

Proper Placement

The good thing with a quick organizing session is that it allows you to identify items that don’t belong. But just haphazardly placing items back into areas won’t solve your home organizational problems in the long run. Be sure to put items away in their designated areas; it only takes a few extra seconds. With paperwork, be sure to go through and place them in the right folder or drawer. Even putting away that one paperclip can help for a cleaner more organized office.

Clean Down

A good wipe down and dust after you’ve removed your piles and refreshed your desk can do wonders to faking a space that looks like you’ve been cleaning all day. If you’re short on time, just pay attention to the most easily seen items such as the tops of your desk, computer monitor, or any desk lamps.

Assess Storage

As you work through your office, you may notice storage systems that look a little worse for wear, or notice that you lack a system. If you have more time, consider creating storage for all of your items. When you have a proper storage system in place you can complete tasks faster and with less stress. Looking for a custom solution? Contact your local Closet and Storage Concepts design associate to help you create the home office of your dreams. Proper storage is key for office organization!

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