To successfully organize and decorate a home office – you first need to understand exactly how the office is used. If you have multiple family members using the office at one time and little space, potentially a system such as this one from the ContainerStore.com could fulfill your needs. They offer the ELFA system where you can put together your own layout. As this photo from Better Homes & Gardens depicts, you don’t have to give up on a beautiful decor in the home office!
If you battle with clutter, your best bet is to start with a system. HGTV.com offers a great check list for your home office, in summary:
- Invest in adequate furniture.
- Establish activity centers.
- Properly place the hardware and peripherals.
- Conceal Cables and Wires.
- Establish a paper processing area.
Invest in a good paper shredder and shred those old bills, receipts, etc. If you do not want to keep paper files, scan your important documents into your computer and store them in easy to find folders. If you do store your papers on your computer, be sure to back up your system frequently in case something happens to your computer!
Organizer, Anna Sicalides of AnnaOrganizesU.com offers these great tips for you and your home office, “Prior to doing your taxes, take all of the 2012 paperwork, bank statements, etc. and put them together with your tax paperwork
Toss all your appliance manuals, yes, toss them…you can go online to the manufacturer’s websites to get the information that you need. There are also websites that have manuals safemanuals.com and manualsonline.com are two places to get manuals online.
Go through your email, search for the term “unsubscribe” review all of your newsletters and delete the ones that you no longer care about. Set a goal of unsubscribing from a minimum of 50% of the ones you receive.”