So you love working in the office space you’ve created in your apartment.
But, the problem is that you don’t know how to be productive because things are so disorganized.
An organized work space is a lot better than one that’s in disarray. In a disorganized home office, you’re more apt to get distracted and fall behind on tasks. And that can seriously affect your productivity.
Thankfully we have some home office organization tricks to help you. With the right techniques, it’s possible to get your office area back on track.
Follow these tips, and you’ll be more productive in your home office than ever before.
1. Pick Paint Colors That Promote Productivity
The color of the walls in your home office can impact your ability to work.
Pick the right paint color, and it’ll encourage you to stay focused.
Blue and green are two relaxing colors to consider. If you’re relaxed instead of stressed out, you’ll get more done.
(But don’t get too relaxed, or you might find yourself dozing off!)
Painting your walls with a calming color will turn your home office into a peaceful environment. When you feel at peace, you’ll finally be able to focus on your work.
2. Organize Important Documents in Binders
In case of an emergency, have your most essential documents in binders.
Each binder should be used to organize a specific category of documents. For example:
A pet binder can hold your pet’s health records, prescriptions, and other relevant information.
An apartment binder is crucial for your lease agreement, renter’s insurance, and your landlord’s contact info.
Keep track of your maintenance records, car insurance, and repairs in an auto binder.\
Keep your doctor’s contact information and medical records in this binder.
Make sure each binder is labeled correctly, so if you need to grab it, you’ll know where to find it. You don’t want to get caught in an emergency and not know where the binders are!
Ultimately, this trick prevents your papers from ending up in piles around your office. You can simply put your binders on a bookshelf until you need them.
3. Try Shelves Instead of a Desk
If your office area is a part of your living room, use shelves to keep your work station organized.
Go with sturdy shelves and mount them at eye level. On the shelves, you can house your computer, keyboard, and other items.
You may need to install bigger shelves that fit your computer and other large essentials, such as a printer.
Having enough space is crucial. Your goal should be to have a central location where you can work.
If there’s extra room, store items such as books, binders, and office supplies. You’ll love how easy it is to find what you need while you’re working!\
4. Use a Folding Screen to Organize Notes
If you don’t have a separate room to use as a home office, use a folding screen to separate your workspace from the rest of your apartment.
Find one that has a magnetic board or corkboard. Either type of screen will make it easier to keep track of notes and photos that inspire you. Plus, having something to stick your notes on will prevent them from taking over your desk.
5. Repurpose Old Jars to Organize Accessories
It’s common for paper clips, rubber bands, and other office accessories to end up scattered all over your computer desk. Instead of allowing clutter to reign, use old jars to organize them.
Clear glass jars are perfect because you can see through them. Put paper clips, binder clips, and other necessities inside, and you’ll always know where to find them.
Plus, repurposing glass jars can save you from having to buy new storage items. That’s always a good thing!
6. Add Magazine Racks
If there’s room between your desk and the surrounding furniture, add one or two magazine racks.
A narrow and open magazine rack is an excellent way to maximize space. And if it’s tall, you’ll have even more room to stash stuff. Use your racks to store folders and books for quick access.
You can even reserve your magazine racks for the binder collection we discussed earlier.
7. Get a Desktop Tray
A desktop tray allows you to bring your desk wherever you go.
Sometimes, sitting in the same spot all day is exhausting. With a desk tray, you can bring your workstation to your living room, bedroom, or even to your front porch!
Just make sure that you get one with enough space for your computer, a mouse, and a few accessories. You’ll need plenty of room for all your work materials if you want to stay productive outside your home office.
Working in an organized office is far less stressful than working in a messy one. These tricks will set you on the path to getting more done.
Isn’t it nice knowing you can turn your office into a calm, relaxing environment?
And once you organize your home office, it may prompt you to want to organize the rest of your apartment too.
With a neat and tidy workspace, you’ll feel happier, more creative, and ready to take on the world!
Dominique Daniels is the Business Manager at The Morton.