My home office is a small corner of my bedroom. Tucked away in an alcove, it is still part of my bedroom, yet defined enough to be a separate space of its own. With limited space, I currently have downsized my original desk and opted for something narrower and with less storage underneath. Whilst this giving me more room, it has made reorganising all my ‘office essentials’ somewhat tricky to say the least.
Having an organised office space is paramount to be able to be as productive as I need to be. With only 3 days to work from home in the week whilst Olivia is in school, I need to make that space work for me before I end up sat elsewhere in the house and losing my day to reruns on daytime TV! This means investing in some new equipment and possibly storage shelves to help keep everything I need organised and within reach whilst keeping my immediate working area clear and tidy.
But whatever way you decide to add some organisation your office, it doesn’t have to be expensive and is more than achievable on a budget.
Tips for helping keep a small home office free from clutter!
Kill The Mess!
Do you really need pictures, photographs and other paraphernalia cluttering up your desk? If you are limited on space make sure to keep things simple and clear. I keep a small calendar, pen pot, my notebook and my laptop on mine. I find that keeping my workspace free and clear helps me to be more productive when I’m at my desk as there is less to distract me and fewer things to make a mess.
If you haven’t used something – either at all or for a few months in your office, make use of it somewhere else in your home or get rid of it. By clearing out items you no longer want or need you can free up some space in your office to add in things you do need or want to be in there. If space is what you need the phrase less is more definitely applies here!
Moving on nicely from my last point – having shelves are great for storing things on you need close by, yet also stopping them from cluttering up your desk. I have a small shelving unit behind my desk with my photo props on and various notebooks, and items to be reviewed. It is great for having them in arms reach and in my office area but kept out of the way from my workspace too.
But you don’t have to just have a shelving unit on the floor, you could go for shelves on your wall too. It would not only brighten your office but also to store items that may otherwise be cluttering up your desk.
File it Away
This is something I need to invest in this year.
Having changed my desk, I have lost a lot of space for storing papers and documents. Things like box files and filing trays would be perfect to keep track of all the work you have and to organise all past and future work to come. Currently, I am a notebook hoarder so for me, having one box file where I could keep them all together and in one place would be great and help to keep my desk clear.
This would really help to utilise any free space you may not be using. Store boxes or files on the floor under your desk, if you have space free under there. Not all free space is on the floor and by making use of a wall shelf along with box files and/or boxes for paperwork, you can not only add extra storage space to your working area, but make a nice feature wall too by choosing accessories, or different styles to give your office some character and personality.