4 Steps to Beating the Home Office Clutter

pile-of-paperDo you ever get so busy that you let things pile up, with piles of paper on your desk and piles of paper on the floor?

It’s so easy to do this when you work from home and you’re the only one who sees the mess that is your workspace. However, it’s difficult to get inspired and be productive when you’re surrounded by clutter.

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What can you do?
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1. Schedule the Time
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If you have a home business or you are an employee working at home, you will be spending a lot of time in your office, so it’s important to schedule time in your schedule that you will dedicate to maintaining the organization and tidiness, because it’s not going to organize itself.
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Even if you only dedicate 15-30 minutes a week to organizing your office, it will either put a dent in your huge mess or it will help keep it from getting out of control again to the point where it feels overwhelming to even think about sorting the clutter.
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2. For every knickknack and item and you handle, ask yourself the following questions:
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  • How often do I use it?
  • How long has it been since I used it?
  • Is it broken?
  • Is this item a need or a want?
  • Is keeping this item important to running my business?
  • If this item were to be lost for six months or more, would I miss it?
Be honest with yourself as to whether these items are really necessary.
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If it’s broken, you don’t actually need it, it’s not important to running your business, or if you wouldn’t actually miss it if it were lost for six months, consider getting rid of it. It’s likely taking up unnecessary space in your office.
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If it’s an important item but you don’t use it daily, find a proper location for it such as a shelf, drawer, or box.
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3. For every document and scrap of paper you handle, ask yourself the following questions:
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  • Is this document/information still important and relevant?
  • Do I need this in hard copy?
  • If I need this information again, can I find it from somewhere other than this piece of paper? (Example – internet, book, etc.)
If the documents and pieces of paper are not important and relevant, throw them directly in the garbage or shred them.
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If there are scraps of paper with notes on them that you may want to refer to in the future, consider transferring them all in writing to a notebook or binder, typing them into properly filed documents on your computer, or taking a picture of them with your smartphone and filing the images appropriately on your computer/phone/tablet/flash drive. Then throw the little pieces of paper in the garbage can.
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Develop a filing system for important documents.  If you determine a document or piece of paper that you pick up is important, take it directly to its proper filing/storage space. Alternatively, you may also scan the documents and file them electronically on your computer or flash drive.
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4. Set an Egg Timer
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To help keep you from getting distracted by everything else you would rather be doing during your scheduled office reorganization time, set an egg timer.
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During your chosen time, make sure you do nothing other than work on the piles of paper and clutter. Commit to getting as much done as you can before the timer goes off. If you feel motivated to keep going after the timer goes off and you have the time available, go for it! Reset the timer and get back to work!
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By regularly scheduling the time to organize, setting a timer, asking yourself questions about the item or document, and putting the item or document in its proper place, you will begin to make progress in clearing your clutter, and then it will be easier to maintain. You may eventually find that you automatically put items and documents in their designated places and, in keeping your home office in order, that you have increased creativity and productivity.
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What are your best tips for keeping your home office tidy?
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