If you’ve been longing for a home office that’s organized, neat, and uniquely yours, you can achieve it in five easy steps. Here’s how from the home organizing and space-saving experts at Closet & Storage Concepts of Philadelphia.
Before you even pick up a paintbrush or a hammer to start remodeling your home office, be sure to properly prepare your space. Think about what you want your office to look like and what it needs to accomplish.
- Does it need to be multi-functional as a guest bedroom?
- Should it be flexible?
- Do you want a place for crafts or other hobbies?
- Do you want it to be a retreat where you can be productive and relax while working?
Whatever you need your office to do, get some ideas and prepare by setting a budget and visualizing your space. Simply forging ahead without a plan often leads to disaster in the future in terms of both organization and budget.
Once you have some ideas of what you want your home office to look like, it’s time to initiate a purge. One of the biggest reasons an office looks or is disorganized is because of clutter. Do a purge now before deciding on the final storage solution.
Dealing with Paperwork
One of the biggest clutter culprits is paperwork. Make sure you go through and sort items from what you need and what is junk mail. For important documents, like tax paperwork, you’ll want to make sure you have a place for it when your office is re-done.
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It’s time to organize all of the items you need to keep! Consider going the custom route to maximize your space. Plus, our built-in office systems can incorporate additional storage units like file cabinets or even a wall bed for additional functionality.
If you’re not quite ready, make sure you develop a place for all of your items with a filing system or other organizer. For the cords, make an extra effort to keep them concealed to give your home office a streamlined look. Cut down even further by paring down the items on your desk. Keeping it clutter free from paperwork or other items will give you more room to do what you need and keep your mind clutter free, too.
An organized home office doesn’t have to be void of all personality. On the contrary, making sure the organizers are custom-built for your needs is just one way that you can put your spin on things. In addition, having design elements that speak to you can help you stay organized and keep your space consistent with the rest of your home.
Consider important design elements like lighting and your chair for example. Lighting will be key to making sure you keep clutter and dust at by while keeping your productive. A supportive chair will also be important in helping you maintain good posture and give your own personality to the room.
An organized home office doesn’t maintain itself, so expect to do some ongoing work. Try to purge every month, or at least every quarter, to keep paperwork stacks at bay. In addition, take a few minutes every week to straighten things up by putting clips back in containers, pens in their holder, and clearing your work surface. For your digital life, take out the junk e-mails and sift through your recycle bin to see what you can clear out.
Getting the home office storage you’ve always wanted for your Philadelphia or South Jersey area home doesn’t have to be difficult! Start with a free design consultation from Closet & Storage Concepts.