Organize Your Home Office Like a Minimalist
Whether you do all your work from a home office, work from home only some of the time, or simply use a corner of your room as the spot where you pay bills and write emails, it’s important to have a clean, uncluttered work space. When your home office is organized well, you can think more clearly and work more efficiently. Here’s how to make your home office a minimalist space.
What you’ll need.
-Whatever furniture (at minimum, a comfortable chair and desk or other writing surface), equipment (e.g.... a computer and printer), and accessories (e.g. a calendar, file boxes, and extra pens) you need for your home office.
-A garbage bag to throw away any trash you find while cleaning out the space.
-A shredder for disposing of sensitive documents in old files. (Optional)
Why you should create a minimalist home office.
Once you declutter your office, you’ll discover that a space free of excess stuff is easier to work in. And fewer things in your office translates to fewer places for your eyes and mind to wander when you’re trying to concentrate on your work. Maintaining a minimalist home office saves you time and helps you to procrastinate less and enjoy your work more.
How to create a minimalist home office.
First, determine what you really need in your office. The minimalist aspect of any space begins with what basics you choose to include. You might only need a simple chair, desk, and wall calendar, or perhaps your job demands that you have a large filing cabinet, a shelf of reference books, or certain tools or equipment. What you should not do is add furniture or extras for aspirational reasons (e.g. buying a standing desk because someday you’d like to be the kind of person who will use one) or based on images in magazines or other people’s needs. Someone somewhere might require an office with two leather couches, piles of pillows, and boxes full of beautiful stationary, but if you don’t require those things, don’t bring them into your home.
Once you have what you need, arrange it in your space in a way that feels comfortable to you. Make sure the arrangement is functional; if the sun blinds you when you sit at your desk, or your files are stored on a shelf you can’t reach, you’ll quickly associate your office with these annoyances and start making excuses not to work there.
As you set up your office, go through everything and throw out any dead ballpoint pens, papers you no longer need, decorations you’ve outgrown, and so on. If you find anything in your office that belongs in another part of the house, return it to its place.
For most people, the hardest part of office decluttering - and the most rewarding - will be sorting through papers and files. Even if your papers are reasonably organized, you might be surprised to find how much you’re holding on to that you no longer need, and how productive you will feel when you get rid of it.
Once you’ve created an office space that contains only the objects necessary for your work, it will be much easier to keep the room neat and minimal over time. Make sure to deal with incoming mail before it accumulates, and don’t let items from other rooms drift into your office.
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