Organize Your Home Office

Written by Corrie Petersen

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Working from home is very rewarding and a wonderful thing for your family. When you work out of your home, you are there for your children, you don’t have a commute, and you save money in the long run.

Working at home can be a huge challenge because you don’t have a boss telling you what to do and making sure you complete it. You are the boss so you have to do this yourself.

One of the biggest problems people face is their office. It doesn’t matter if you have a room to yourself or if your office is in the family room. You need to keep it organized or you will spend more time than it’s worth looking for things.

This article will give you tips that will help you get organized and stay that way. When you are organized, you will be able to work more efficiently and you will get more done in a day which means you will be able to spend more time with the family.

• File cabinet

Get yourself a two drawer or four drawer file cabinet that is dedicated to your business. You will to get hanging file folders and possibly manila folders to go inside the hanging file folders.

Now you need to create a folders or files for your things that can be filed. You will need to figure out what will work best for you and your business. Once you get your folders or files created, start filing your things away. It’s better if you can file things as you finish with them or once a day, but once a week will work.

• Your desk

Keeping your desk clean and organized will help tremendously. You will have a clean space to work and you will be able to find things. When you file all the papers away that will help, but what do you do if you need to keep referring to a paper for a few days. How do you keep it off of your desk so it’s still clean? One way is to get a metal basket or plastic tray to put them in. You can also use these if you plan on filing at the end of the day or one time a week.

One thing that will help you keep your desk organized is to get a desk organizer. These have a place for your stapler, tape, paper clips, notepads, etc. They keep everything in one place and off of your desk. You will find it’s very handy to have one of those because you won’t be searching your desk for them if your desk is a little messy or full of papers you are working on.

If you spend a little time each day or week filing and cleaning your desk, you will be more efficient and you will work better. When you do this on a regular basis, you will be able to add more to your business and you will be able to spend more time with your family. It’s a win-win situation for you.

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