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10 Steps In Decluttering Your Home Office
As well as more people working from home, flexi working in Scotland allows employees to start and finish at times that suit them, especially when they have children or caring needs. This means that more people are choosing to work from home. And that means a home office.
The home office needs to be a productive environment that supports creativity too but if there is clutter, it won’t be the space you want it to be. Follow our 10 tips for a clutter-free home office.
#1 Put everything in a box…
And we mean everything. Take everything out of desk drawers and shelving units and put in the box. When you need something, pull it out. This way, you’ll what items you are using and which you don’t really need.
#2 Needs over wants
You want your home office to be stylish and comfortable but must bear in mind its function. And that means making sure the home office furniture you choose, including fitted home office furniture, is offering you the storage and workspace you need.
#3 Storage solutions take priority
Clutter happens for all kinds of reasons but one is when the storage solutions on offer are no longer working or accessing storage to put things away is fiddly or difficult. From ample drawer to baskets on fitted shelving units there are many options. Choose storage that is versatile but also offers what you need.
#4 Tidy cables
We all know how much tech is in the workplace and the home office is different. Tidying cables and hiding them from view will make an instant difference to the appeal of your office.
#5 Can't really see where the clutter is...?
It sounds obvious but sometimes we don’t appreciate that things are clutter so how do you decide what needs to go and what needs to stay? De-cluttering experts suggest taking a photo of your home office and then studying the photograph – you’ll be amazed at how much more you can see!
#6 Stuck for storage? Go up!
Fitted, built-in shelving units or even sliding door wardrobes are a great addition to the home office. They make the best use of space but also add heaps more storage in the home office without being bulky or overly imposing.
#7 Boxes and baskets on shelves...
Want simple, easy to use storage? Then stylish boxes and baskets on shelves are your best bet. You can hide away a myriad of things and when you have a spare five or 10 minutes, you can go through one box to recycle things you no longer need.
#8... but everything should have a 'space to live'
Nothing in your home office should be placed in there until you know where it will be stored or kept. From the smallest stapler to the biggest object in your office, every item needs to have a space.
#9 Tidy up at the end of every day
We know the feeling – you’ve spent all day at your desk, answering emails and fielding calls – you just want to leave the office! But spending just five minutes tidying things away will help to stay on top of clutter and mess.
#10 Don't get obsessive
It’s easy to fall into the habit of becoming so fixated on decluttering that we get rid of things that we actually need. So got obsessive, enjoy your home office!