Organizing Your Home Office

In these fast-paced, modern days, it’s becoming increasingly common for people to work from their home. Now, more than ever, it’s important that your home office be organized efficiently, correctly and securely.

Make Once a Month Deep Cleaning Day/Declutter Day for your Home Office

Nothing will frustrate you more than when clutter and untidiness begins to swamp your home office. Make one day a month Deep Cleaning Day for your Home Office.

  • Clean out and sort through your pen drawer
  • Identify outdated equipment to be replaced/disposed of
  • Clear off your desktop and give it a thorough cleaning
  • Organize, stack and look over any boxes, files or cabinets
  • Check your computer and electronic cables for fraying
  • Be sure to remove dust from all computer fans
  • Use compressed air to blast your keyboard clean
  • Throw out anything you don’t need to keep
  • Any records or files that you haven’t used in a year can be stored elsewhere
  • Open the windows and give your entire home office a thorough cleaning and airing out

Don’t Forget Security

Your business is only as strong as its security. This means regular updates of your software as well as other methods of digital protection. But don’t forget your paper records!

Image Source (CC BY 2.0) by Johann Dréo via flickr

Image Source (CC BY 2.0) by Johann Dréo via flickr

Many home office users like to use two bins for discarded paper: one for containing sensitive material that needs to be shredded, and a second one for storing material to be recycled. It is a good business practice to shred sensitive documents or material containing personal information, such as your name, address or business identification, at least once a month. Set aside a day on your calendar at the beginning of the month and shred your sensitive materials before disposing of them. Depending on the amount of paper that you go through, it may be prudent to arrange periodic pickups with your local shredding company.

Decrease Clutter

How your office looks can greatly affect your productivity. Use clips, organizers and other devices to move cables and wires out of your line of sight. Tucking away sensitive wires and cables means not only less visual clutter, but it also improves the security of your devices as it reduces the risk of accidental damage to your valuable equipment.

As you replace your old equipment with newer models, it’s also important to correctly dispose of unwanted electronics. Free up valuable desk space by correctly and safely disposing of unused electronic equipment.