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Organize Your Home Office and Boost Productivity

As the dog days of summer roll past and fall is just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking of settling into newer, seasonal routines. Crisp fall leaves changing colors, shorter days, and cooler temperatures can teach us a lot about letting things go—including choosing to be more organized. From launching an effort to declutter overall to deep cleaning and possibly even hiring an organizer, read on for some tips to ease into the fall season with an organized home office zen. A decluttered office space will help boost your productivity and lower your stress.

Operation declutter

Before you can take on decluttering your office and work space, you have to shift to a decluttering mentality. Take a quick glance at your workplace. What leaps out at you from that cursory glance of what needs to be pared down? Make a list of those things and realistically plan for when you can start to organize things, whether it’s all in one day on a slow work day or little by little in the evening at the conclusion of the work day.

Get rid of old papers

Have stacks of paper and mail collecting everywhere? Not only can lots of old papers get in the way of being able to see your desk and be productive in your office space, they can also attract layers of dust and bugs. Create a filing system and set a goal to put away all pertinent paperwork at the end of the day. If you get a lot of mail, designate a basket for all mail and go through it regularly at the end of each day or week. For whatever else isn’t needed, run it through a paper shredder and or recycle.

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How to Optimize Your Workspace for Productivity and Ergonomics

There is such a strong emphasis nowadays on health and well-being. It’s the beginning of the year, and everyone is scrambling to keep their New Year’s resolutions. Aside from exercising and eating clean, it’s also important to ensure you’re working in a comfortable, functional environment. If you want to get the best work out of yourself, treating yourself as a top priority is an excellent incentive. Since so many of us now work from home full-time or at least a couple days a week, having a home office that is is comfortable and ergonomic is essential to your productivity and creativity. These tips on optimizing your workspace will be a boost to your productivity.

Choosing the Right Furniture

Setting up an efficient, clutter-free, ergonomic home office is an excellent way to start. A great office can have a far-reaching impact on your productivity at home. Many successful companies—such as Google and Seattle City Light—have mastered the creation of ergonomic, enriched workspaces that free their employees to think creatively.

Your home office belongs to you alone, so make it a personal, unique fit! Choosing the right furniture is important and makes a big difference. Make sure your furniture is comfortable and functional. Don’t hesitate to customize the style and color to your taste as well.

Finding Your Favorite Chair

If your job is desk-based or sedentary, you likely spend a lot of time on your chair. For example, sitting for 5 hours a day every working week means that you’re on your chair for almost 50 days a year. Being seated for extended periods can have negative effects on your body, so it’s important to take breaks and keep moving regularly.

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5 Surprising Things You Don’t Need in Your Home Office

5 things you don't need in your home office

Whether or not you have a home office, you probably have office supplies. You may have LOTS of office supplies going unused around your home. Here are top 5 office supplies you can safely downsize.

Resume Paper and Business Cards

Remember that lovely thick paper you purchased so that your resume would look professional? It’s been replaced by email. Recycle it, it’s not worth the space it’s taking up in your home office. Keep your contact information in one location on your hard drive or email address book and toss the physical business cards. You will have more access to contact information when it’s not buried in a drawer in your home office.

Photo Paper

When digital photography was taking hold, it seemed like a great idea to print all your photos at home. The quality was poor and the paper and printer ink was expensive. Today, we share our photos online, over social media, or have photo books made by one of the many photo website providers. If you still have photo paper lurking around, it’s safe to downsize it.

Binder Clips and Paper Clips

These days we are not paper clipping a whole lot of documents at home. If you have huge supplies of paper clips in your home office, keep a handful and downsize the rest.

10,000 Pens and Notepads

As we increasingly embrace shopping list apps and to-do list apps, we have less and less need for notepads and pens. We may have stacks of yellow paper pads lurking and hundreds of long dried out pens cluttering our drawers. Downsize these items and give your office a little breathing space. Additionally, aside from manila folders used for filing, we do not have a lot of use for binders and random plastic folders. If you have been storing empty binders for years without having found a use for them, it’s time to donate them.

Out-Dated Computer Equipment

When organizing your office, you may come across old computers or laptops. Perhaps you’ve been hanging on to these because you are just not sure how to dispose of the hard drive safely. We would be happy to have it shredded for you. Contact us, and let us know how we can help.

For tips on downsizing paperwork, check out Organizing Paperwork.

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