Essential Home-Office Organization Tips
It’s crucial to have an organized office if you want to be productive—even when it’s a home office. Does your work-space have wire shelves overflowing with paperwork, files all over the floor and yesterday’s lunch at the edge of your desk? If so, you’re probably not working at your most efficient best.
Your surroundings can either promote or inhibit your productivity, so you better start organizing. Start off by investing in adequate furniture and storage shelving and then get organized!
Make sure to get a nice desk with enough room for your computer and accessories, an ergonomic chair and wire shelves for designated purposes. You’ll need to have a space for your files, whether it’s a cabinet or rack, as well as an area for supplies. If you have a lot of paperwork related to your position that you don’t access regularly but need to know you can if necessary, you may want to consider allocating some garage storage cabinets for this purpose.
It may be most efficient for you to establish activity centers in your area, 1) For actual work performed, 2) Reference materials, and 3) Supplies.
Next, set up your hardware and peripherals. If you use your printer all the time, you’ll want it close to where you sit. To keep the area as clutter-free as possible, you’ll also want some storage shelving in close proximity with your printer ink and paper. If you use your scanner more regularly than you print, then place your printer further away from the work area and put the scanner on your desk.
An important way to keep you feeling clutter-free is to conceal all the messy cables and wires as best as you can, and bundle larger groups of them together. Obviously, invest in a surge protector for all delicate electronic equipment. In fact, you should have a couple extra in case something happens to your main one, or if you have visitors who need to power up their own laptops. You can always keep the extra surge protectors in your garage storage cabinets!
To make the most efficient use of space, stack pieces of equipment on top of each other when you can. Make sure it’s safe—be careful not to stack any equipment with venting on the top as it might get too warm.
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