Before we move on to the guide on creating a clutter-free home office, here are a couple of advantages and disadvantages on working from home you should consider:
- The level of noise in your regular office is often too high, with all the colleagues clamoring, telephones ringing, etc. At home, there is no one there to distract you, you can either enjoy absolute peace and quiet or put on your favorite music and have a relaxing work atmosphere.
- You’ll be saving both time and money since you won’t have to travel to work.
- You choose your own work hours. Maybe you prefer to split your work into a few shorter intervals, or you like to finish everything in the evening hours, it’s your choice. As long as you get the work done, you can manage to have a great work-life balance.
- You’re not bound by a dress code – you can wear whatever you feel comfortable in.
- Without self-discipline, you’ll get distracted all the time. It’s difficult to concentrate if you’re thinking about how you could watch another episode of your favorite show or make yourself a meal every now and then. You have to set the balance, when you enter that room or space that is designated for work, the focus is everything.
- You may feel some pressure to overcompensate to avoid the prejudice of working less than those who actually show up to the office. This might be stressful.
Store Unneeded Items
After working from your home office for a while, you’ll probably start to run out of space for work items. Yes, you can manage a part of this problem by sorting out the trash and throwing it out, but for some, you’ll be uncertain. If you’re in a dilemma on whether or not to keep some work stuff, but it’s making the space unbearably cluttered up, you should think about paying for a storage unit. A great example of an efficient storage business is self-storage units in Singapore that have a great set up to keep your stuff safe and always within reach. They’ll come to you, offer great prices, and have vast room for as many boxes of unwanted items you want to get rid of, but keep in existence.
Start With the Bigger Things
This is a space you’ll be spending a lot of time in, so you should take some time and set it up to be as productive as possible. Start by reviewing the biggest piles of clutter, the tallest stack of documents, or just things that obviously belong in the trash or the sink (crumpled paper, empty bag of chips, dirty mugs). The first step is making it feel more just a bit like an office and less like your living room.
Sectioning And reorganizing
Try going through everything section by section, not all at once, or you’ll probably get intimidated and give up halfway through it. One time – declutter the drawer and your desk, then the next day reorganize your cabinets and get rid of whatever’s unnecessary. Keep only what’s essential, and whatever you’re not sure you’re going to need, like some older papers, you should scan and keep in digital form, and get rid of.
You should label everything; it may seem easy at first, but after a while of working hard and documentation piling up, you might find it pretty difficult to find just the right file. Labeling everything from top to bottom will make this a piece of cake.
This way you can dig up that forgotten old file from years ago in a matter of moments, and impress everyone with your professionalism and quickness.
Pay Special Attention To Your Desk
While keeping everything in your office organized and spotless is something you should aspire to, we can agree that the most important part of that office is the desk. It’s the main area of your focus and the part of that office you’ll be using the most. For this reason, you should not only try to declutter your desk as often as possible but try to make it stylish and pleasing to look at. With your PC at the central position, you can always have a few framed photos, a nice-looking pen can, maybe a flower (if you’re a flower person). Just make it nice, and make it your own. Believe me, if you make it perfect, you won’t stand to see any junk cluttering it up.
Decluttering your home office might seem like a tedious task right now, but just remember how much time you spend there. Wouldn’t it make sense to make it as pleasant a space as possible?