You might ask, “Why would keeping a well organized in-home workspace be more of a challenge than an off-site workspace?”
Unless you live by yourself or have a lock on your office door, the reasons would include, roommates, kids, spouses, the dog, and/or the cat.
I find the home office is often a dumping ground for all sorts of things. Kid’s homework, kid’s artwork, bills, household files, lots of office supplies, and things that one would not equate to belonging in an office.
Here are just a few of the things I have seen crammed into an in-home workspace.
- business computer
- home computer (for everyone else to use)
- filing systems
- homework station(s)
- kids schoolwork (both past and present)
- guest bed
- paperwork (past and present)
- file cabinet(s)
- office supply storage
It may not seem like a lot, and they may all seem like they belong in the home office (all but the bed), but, they can’t and they don’t.
If you are trying to conduct business in an office containing things that aren’t helping you move forward in your business, then it’s time to DECLUTTER!
It’s amazing what space you create when you declutter. Decluttering simply means relocating, removing, or relegating to the garbage things that aren’t being used.
So, when I go into an office that has filing systems that have never been purged, several year’s worth of magazines, or bookshelves that contain books that are no longer of interest, there is no way it is ever going to feel ok until those things are removed.
Here are My 10 Simple Steps to a Well Organized In-Home Workspace
- Create a vision for your in-home business office space
- what will you want to accomplish in this space?
- what do you want the space to feel and look like?
- what needs to live in the space for these things to be a reality?
- Relocate, remove or relegate to the garbage those things don’t allow your vision to be a reality
- Create a system for incoming paperwork that will keep paper contained rather than all over the desk(s)
- Create a system for outgoing paperwork.
- Have a “to file” basket (this keeps paper piles off your desk)
- Have an awesome filing system and use it. This includes putting filing on your calendar so it gets done.
- If others must use this space, create a place for them that doesn’t impede the work you have to do.
- EVERYONE cleans their space off at the end of the day. (this is where having systems and homes for things comes into play)
- Archive tax, financial and medical papers that need to be kept but are not in use (outside of the office space)
- A place for everything and everything in its place
There you have it.
How to create and keep a well organized in-home workspace.
- Get started with your vision. Write it out, make a bullet point list. Just do it. Without thinking out your vision, you will really never have an in-home business office that works efficiently for you.
- Let me know how it goes by sharing in the comment section below your vision for your in-home business office.
- Check out this free resource for reclaiming your space.
- Looking for some office set up inspiration? Check out this article.