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Decluttering Your Home Office

Aug 17, 2007
The trouble with home offices is that they are often a mess. In my experience it is easy to feel like it is more important to work than to straighten up my office. There are just so many more things I could be doing and they seem more profitable than handling the inevitable clutter.

But the time always comes when the job must be done. I have to clean my home office. And so I will share my tips for it with you.

Papers are one of the worst items for cluttering an office. It doesn't matter if you do your business 100% online, somehow paper appears anyhow. Check stubs, random stuff you've printed, mail someone else dropped in your office for some unknown reason. And it just tends to sit, unfiled or not in the trash can.

As you can guess, the first step is to sort through all those papers sitting on your desk or elsewhere in your office. If you don't have a good filing system set up, make one! There will come a time when you will need one or another piece of paperwork, and if it is filed you will have a much easier time finding it.

Now look at everything else in your office. What really belongs in there? Is it in the most sensible location for it?

Having kids, toys often end up on my desk. Just random stuff, generally small, but they do get in the way of working. Then there are the random computer accessories that are rarely used and really don't belong on my desk.

You may have things like printer cartridges sitting about. Think about the right place to keep them; easily accessible for when you need them, but not where they're taking up space on your desktop.

Look at your work setup, especially those areas where you do most of your work. Are they comfortable? Reasonably ergonomically set up? If you're having to stretch to reach things all the time or if you're having concerns about carpal tunnel or similar problems, you probably need to work on the way you have your office set up. The better you can manage this the more productive you will probably be during your work hours.

Check your office for any other problems. A cluttered home office can feel comfortable but it can also limit your effectiveness as you work. You may be surprised at how quickly you can fix clutter issues, especially once you have a good filing system. A little bit of time invested can help you to be more productive overall.
About the Author
Stephanie Foster blogs at http://www.homewiththekids.com/blog/ about the challenges of working at home. She offers more home business tips to help you work better at home.
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