How to Organize Your Home Business Office
October 21st 2005
It can be a real challenge as a work at
home parent to maintain an organized home office. Many times, the office
or desktop is the last of our worries as we strive to raise our
children, support our spouses and run our home-based business. However,
keeping up with the clutter and chaos of your office may be just what
you need to get you in a working mindset and help you to be more
efficient while working.
There a few simple things that you can do on a regular basis that will
help to de-stress organizing process:
* Address your home office/desktop chaos in blocks of time. You may need
to set aside just a few hours, or you may need an entire day. Decide
what will work for you and stick to it. If it’s not possible for you to
set aside a block of time, consider using a headset while you are on the
phone and be de-cluttering, too!
* Have the necessities on hand: a trash can, pen, file folders, mail
baskets and other organization items that will enable you to sort, throw
out and find a place for each item. Envision your goal and purchase the
supplies necessary to create that environment.
* Clear the space you want to organize (the desk
surface, one of the drawers, etc.). Then make a pile of all the paper.
Begin to evaluate each piece of paper, sorting it by importance. Throw
out as much as possible and find a place for each of the other items.
* If you start to feel stressed, take a break. Make a goal of how far
you’d like to get during the time you have available and set an
incentive for yourself if you reach your goal. It’s always easier to
complete a task when you know you’ll be rewarded.
Once you’ve organized your office, it’s important to take small steps
everyday to keep the room clean and tidy. It’s very easy to fall back
into the routine of piling things on your desktop and around the room.
There are five simple tasks that you can do daily to help maintain your
1. Clean out your “Inbox”. In today’s world this can apply to postal
mail or email. Create a special basket for postal mail that needs to be
taken care of right away, and another for items that can wait a day or
To keep your email inbox under control, create folders within your email
program. Keep what needs to be done immediately in your inbox and
distributed the rest into your folders. You can also use "rules" to help
separate email and make it easier to manage.
2. Make sure all notes are transferred to your
calendar, palm pilot or day planner. It is very easy to pile up a
desktop full of paper by writing every note on a Post-it. You can
also create an “Idea Book” to catalog all of your business ideas for
3. Remove all mail, catalogs & magazines from your desk. Put them in
their proper place as you receive them. This will considerably cut
down the amount of clutter on your desktop.
4 File as you go. This is the most basic and most important tip of
all. If you file as you go your records will be in order, your
desktop will be clear and you will feel like a professional.
5 Clean off your desktop each evening. There's nothing better than
sitting down at a clean workspace each morning. It helps to keep
your mind focused on your business and makes finding important
documents a snap.
By following these easy guidelines you will have a clean and
organized home office in no time. Having a clutter-free workspace is
the first step in creating an organized and professional home-based
Jill Hart is the author of the e-book, 2 Weeks Devotional
Journey for Christian Work at Home Moms, and the founder and editor of
Christian Work at Home Moms, CWAHM.com.
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