Fall is always the time of the year when I think about home office organization: cleaning out my files and setting up more efficient work areas. I don’t know why I get the urge this time of year – maybe because I know cooler temperatures are finally around the corner here in Florida and our one change of season is coming up.
There are a lot of great tips out there on how to organize a home office; here is a great article from Entrepreneur.com for setting up a home office on a budget .
One of my best tips is to find an organizing buddy. If I try to do a major re-organization on my own, I usually get overwhelmed and distracted, which just leads to another mess in my home office.
Having someone work with you keeps you on track and focused. Since your organizing buddy is not emotionally attached to any objects you’ve collected, he/she can quickly help you let go of things that aren’t serving any purpose or aren’t making you more productive.
One of my daughters was a big help to me recently when we set out to organize my home office. She’s a senior in high school this year and I can already tell that her college dorm room will be organized in an efficient way (I just hope her roommate-to-be likes organization as much!).
Working together, we quickly cleaned out files and cabinets; came up with a new system for keeping the piles of papers to a minimum on my desk; and even found a few useful things we forgot we had in the house.
My home office organization wouldn’t be complete without help from a few other “buddies” – my cats. Any time we change things, they need to check out the new set-up
…or just claim their space:
Whoever your organization buddy may be, you will find that having someone help you makes you more motivated and gives you new ideas to create a more productive work area (my daughter was disappointed we didn’t have a label maker – she really wanted to label things for me!). You and your organizing buddy will end up accomplishing your home office organization in no time!