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A clutter-free home
office

 by
Sue Kay


Working
from home is many people’s ideal – being able to fit in your hours
around childcare and cutting out travel, office distractions, the need to
work 9-5.  However in my work
organising and decluttering home offices, 
I see many people for whom the dream has disintegrated and they are
drowning in a sea of paper.  Natural
tendencies to procrastinate and be disorganised 
have led to them feeling overwhelmed.  
 


As
Kate said “I keep losing things and struggle to separate home and work
life.  I find myself doing the
laundry when I should be working!”


If
this sounds a bit like you then don’t despair, it is possible to be
organised and reap the benefits of working from home.

1: 
Create a separate office space
 

Ideally
this would be a separate room  but
if you haven’t got enough space, then think carefully about where you want
to work.  Bedrooms are not a
good idea, they should be a place to unwind and relax. 
It is better to partition off part of your living space using 
a screen.

2:  Get dressed 

It’s
hard to feel efficient when talking to a potential customer in 
your pyjamas!

3:  Decide on your hours  


You’ve
broken free from the 9-5 rut but it’s easy to drift and start tidying up
the kids playroom. So decide on a set
number of hours.  Keep a log in
your diary, if this helps.  Some
people swear it kickstarts their day taking a walk round the block before
they start work.

4:  Plan your day 


Make
a to-do list and do things in order of importance.  Make the difficult calls first as putting them off and
dreading them  can sap your
energy all day.

5:  Have a clutter free desk


Basically
think of your desk as a place of action. 
At the end of each day.  I
put all live items into my action tray, file the rest, so I get to start
each day with a clear desk.   Keep
the minimum of essential items such as pens and a few stationery supplies on
your desk.  Try and work on one
project at a time so you can keep focused. 

6:  Don’t let post-its clutter up your desk 

Keep
a notebook to record phone calls on rather than post-its and scraps of
paper. 

7:  Filing 

Invest
in a filing cabinet and personalise your filing system. 
Does it really need to be in alphabetical order?  
Why not file the most used items at the front of your drawer or
cabinet.

 

If
you have found the above useful you may well like Sue Kay’s book on
the subject.

  “No
More Clutter
”   

 Being
organised will save you time and stress.
   

How
to create a clutter free home

A little organisation does you
good – quick and easy ways to get
organised
.

How
to get organised
and my home life a little easier.


 

 

 

 

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