With the advent of the internet and other technologies, the workplace has shifted. Many workplaces now offer work-from-home opportunities, and entrepreneurship or self-employment has become much more feasible.
However, the home office is very different from the average office building. Although you have much more freedom in how you design the office, the relative lack of structure can make it much harder to stay organized. Here are a few tips to help you keep on top of your home office space.
Zone areas into different sections
A typical office has different areas, like copy rooms or meeting rooms, set aside to take care of different tasks. Although your office space is probably much smaller, try copying this method to get the most out of your space. Different tasks like printing, filing and storage, or using the computer should be placed in different ‘zones’ in the room or on the desk. Keeping areas separate will help you keep track of where things should go, as well as limiting where clutter builds up.
Organize your desk space
Although you may have a lot of things going on, you shouldn’t let that translate into having a lot of things taking up space on the desk. Tools like a filing cabinet or inbox/outbox system will help you keep papers from building up all over the place.
You should also keep your desk clear from tangles of wires. Keep all your computer parts in one place, and tuck the wires behind your desk. Tuck your computer tower beneath your desk, rather than on top. Set aside a small docking station for gadgets or phones, rather than stretching out cables all over the desktop. Go cordless when possible, like with your mouse or keyboard.
Use furniture effectively
Don’t limit yourself to just one desk – multiple furniture pieces will allow you to get the most out of your space. An additional, smaller desk for printing supplies will help you clear off your main desk and designate a space for that work. A bookshelf or filing cabinet will effectively and efficiently store many items.
Organize with tools
Finally, consider using specialized design tools to really get the most out of your space. Closet & Storage Concepts of Colorado has a great deal of organization solutions for you: shelving units for vertical space, cabinets, drawers, and more. Because each of our office storage products are custom-made, we’ll always have the perfect fit for you.