Working from home can be both a blessing and a curse. You have the freedom to do what you want, when you want, how you want. But you also have the distractions that pull you away from work and the freedom to engage in other much needed activities (laundry, shopping, etc.).
Having a well organized office does much for your business. Not only does it allow you to be more productive by eliminating the need to locate things you might need, but it also has an effect on your psychological well being and attitude. When you have a cluttered and dirty office, desk, and home, you feel bogged down. It has an impact on your mind and attitude, whether you realize it or not.
Here are 5 tips to help make improvements in your office and your attitude overall.
- Baskets, cups, and bins – Storage Containers
While some may find it to be annoying clutter, you can make quite a difference if you bring in some containers for all of your desk and office items. The dollar store is a great resource for your home office organizing needs, and many can be rigged up on walls and shelves to give you added space on desks and in drawers. If you don’t want to spend money at the dollar store, take a look at your trash. Use old cereal boxes, oatmeal or lemonade mix tubs, Pringles cans, soup cans, milk cartons or jugs, etc. to create your own storage. It doesn’t take long to disguise your trash as storage containers for your office. A little paper (construction paper, scrapbooking paper, or even things you print out), some tape or glue, and you are set! Embellish with ribbons, flowers, pictures… or anything you have readily available!
- Ditch the Unnecessary Stuff
Does your home office have kid’s toys laying around or dog treats on the desk? Do you have your box of holiday decorations that need to be put in storage sitting on the floor? Did your kids dump their backpacks and school items in your office on their way in from school? Clean it up. Get it out. There is no reason to have all of the additional items cluttering up your space and adding more distraction to your space. Take the time to move things out of your home office and leave ONLY the things you NEED for work.
- Shift Items Around
Evaluate the items you have in your office and your immediate need for each one. Is your phone in a spot on your desk where you can access it quickly and easily for customer service response? Does your file cabinet make sense where it is positioned? You may need to move items around until you have the most used, necessary ones in your immediate reach. Having everything you need close at hand will make you more productive in the long run.
- Minimize Distractions but enjoy the view
My office is at the front of my house. I have a window that looks out at the front yard and to the street. I enjoy opening the curtains and window to see and hear what is going on outside. My desk is in the corner next to the window, so I merely have to look to the left to see things. But while I enjoy these moments, I am also distracted by them. So many times I will close the curtains and make myself focus on my work once again. When the curtains are closed, it is easy to find other things that may distract me, so I make sure my desk is not cluttered with things to draw my eye away, and my walls have items I need, not artwork or pictures that I can stare at and examine when I am supposed to be working. I have floating shelves with simple baskets containing the items I use most, easily within reach but positioned as “art” on my walls.
- Change it up periodically
Don’t be afraid to rearrange, redecorate, or add new items to your home office. Change is good and can help revitalize your work life. It is easy to get in to a routine where everything goes by day after day. That is a good thing when it is working for you and you are happy. But spice it up every now and then and add something new to change things up. And enjoy it!
Try a few of these out and see what it does for YOUR business! It can’t hurt! Then come back and let us know what you did and how it went. We love to hear what others are doing and sharing helps everyone!