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How To Organize Your Home Office

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How To Organize Your Home Office

Turn a portion of your closet into a home office!

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Everyone can benefit from a designated work area in their home to keep finances, files and computer equipment organized. You can accomplish this in a small space and without investing a lot of time or money!
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 1-3 Hours

Here's How:

  1. Determine your space:
    Most people think that they don’t have enough room to create a functional home office, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. There are many small spaces that will work perfectly for what you need:

    • A closet – whether you have a single or double closet space available.
    • A portion of unused wall space.
    • An existing piece of furniture – specifically an armoire.

  2. Determine what furniture you will need:
    The following items will work in the most limited space:

    • Drawer space (either in the desk or a separate drawer storage bin)
    Tips:
    • You will want to take exact measurements before purchasing any furniture pieces.

  3. Organize your space:
    Arrange your work station so that it is both functional and aesthetically pleasing:

    • Place a few sentimental items (picture frame, candles, etc.) on shelves, the wall or your desk.
    • Keep it functional! Make sure every piece of furniture and organizational product serves a purpose, rather than just for decoration.

  4. Keep your files organized:
    A filing system is the easiest and most efficient way to organize all your personal and household paperwork.

    • Label each file folder specifically: Avoid vague terms such as "Medical" or "Insurance". Instead write the specific doctor name or insurance company on the file folder label. This will save you time retrieving and putting back files.
    • Sort through the contents of your files approximately 2-3 times a year. This will help you to stay organized especially around tax season.
    • Additional items you can file: Greeting cards, manuals, warranties, catalogs or magazine articles of interest.

  5. Office supplies:
    Avoid stocking up on too many supplies prior to utilizing your workspace:

    • Stick to the essentials at first: writing utensils, paper, file folders, stapler and paperclips for example.
    • Keep your supplies organized: You can use your desk drawer, alternative drawer storage or desktop storage.
    • You want to make sure that your supplies are easy to access and put away.
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