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National Get Organized Month: Home Office

By Karlyn, Jan 17 2017 05:42PM

January is National Get Organized Month! We’re going to be celebrating here on A Better Storage Blog for the next few weeks by giving you our very best tips for storage and organization in the most common “problem” areas around the house.

Up first is the home office! The home office is what keeps the household running with some semblance of sanity. Whether it’s huge room with a big desk and lots of windows, or that one corner in your kitchen where the calendar lives and all the mail gets stuffed, it’s important to keep it organized in order to keep things running smoothly. And while getting your office organized may seem like a daunting task, stick with us here. We’re going to make this ridiculously easy.

In fact, you can start the organization process without even lifting a finger! Half the organization battle is in your head! So get a jump start on organizing your office with these nuggets of wisdom:

First--Get those Pinterest-perfect images out of your head! This is your HOUSE we are talking about. You live here! And your life isn’t a flawless, staged snapshot with a vintage filter. Your life is moving! Vibrant! Fluid! With no filter other than the one from yesterday’s coffee that ripped and dumped coffee grounds all over your counter this morning. THAT is life! So the first tip in organizing is to give yourself a good old-fashioned reality check. Your home office, once organized, will still always have some stray envelopes and cap-less markers lying around. That’s ok!

Second--You know your vibrant, fluid life, with all your tendencies and quirks, better than anyone else. So organize your office to reflect that! Are you the type to file, or pile? If you’re a piler, don’t stress yourself out more trying to force yourself into filing! Ditch the filing cabinet and go for stackable cubbies instead. Find out what works for YOU, and do it! (Even if it doesn't look picture-worthy! See tip#1! There’s a reason that saying does not go, “Work ‘prettier’, not harder”!)

Third--Once you start figuring out what works for you, keep at it! Keep your office improvable. Have an overflowing stack of old receipts to be shredded? Maybe you shouldn’t keep the shredder on the other side of the room. Always frazzled because your desk-top calendar is covered in coupons, tax forms, and eraser shavings? Maybe you should get a wall calendar. Keep an eye on what is making staying organized harder, and work around that. Keep your office organization open for improvement.

Alright, so now that you are coming at this undertaking with a better perspective, the fun part begins!

There are four basic areas to focus on when organizing your home office: papers, planners, supplies, and tech. Take them one by one, and you’ll have your office organized in a snap.

Papers:

When it comes to calming the paper chaos, TIME is your best friend. It’s an even better friend than the latest-and-greatest multi-tiered paper sorter. As stated before, figuring out whether you prefer files or piles is definitely important, but either way you’re going to have to commit time to sorting through all the paper you accumulate. When you are first beginning to organize your home office, set aside 15 minutes to sort through some paper chaos, then once you’ve weeded out what’s important, find your way to organize it in a way that makes sense to you!

Planners:

Whether it’s a calendar, a planner, or an app, an integral part of getting your home office organized is getting your event-planning centralized to one place. So designate a system and get yourself space to plan ahead.

Supplies:

From staplers to sticky notes, it’s important to find a way to corral all those office accessories! The dollar store is a great place to find small containers for cheap--but if free is more your thing, then go green and “upcycle” things like yogurt cups, spaghetti boxes, even Oreo trays!, to keep all those office supplies organized. Get creative, and get those supplies organized!

Tech:

There’s so much tech involved in today’s modern offices, and while they can be incredibly helpful, they can also be bulky and a mess of wires! It’s imperative that you make your tech work for you--for example,as you’re re-organizing your office and trying to find a spot for the printer, it’s a good idea to keep the features and uses of the printer accessible. Some printers need to be loaded with paper from the front, others from the back. Make sure wherever you decide to put your printer that you can easily access it to perform functions like refilling paper, making copies, and faxing. Otherwise, you’ll never use it! And if you want to contain all those pesky wires and cords, check out Pinterest for some great DIY cord-corralling ideas. Tech tranquility is not so hard to achieve after all!

Getting your entire office organized does not have to be as daunting as it seems! Just remember: Get a realistic perspective, come up with a system that works for you, and keep room for improvement.Then tackle papers, planners, supplies, and tech. So celebrate National Get Organized Month and get your home office organized!

Happy organizing!

~Karlyn at A Better Rate Storage

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