A home office is a designated space equipped with the necessary furniture, equipment, and supplies. Everything should be easily accessible, thereby improving efficiency. Here are some ways to organize your home office.
Step 1: Make a floor plan of the room on paper and lay out furniture and needed equipment like filing cabinets. Ensure that there is enough room to move around the desk and get in and out of the room. Develop a list of needed equipment and purchase these items.
Step 2: Arrange the furniture in the room according to the floor plan. Some rearranging may be required based on preference.
Step 3: Set up equipment such as a computer, printer, scanner, fax machine, and telephone. If there is not adequate room on the desk when a printer is placed there, purchase a cabinet, cart, or stand for the printer. Some printers are wireless, enabling them to be used when placed in a closet so if your printer is on its last legs, consider purchasing one of these.
Step 4: Organize the supplies. Have some paper clips, a stapler, notepad, pens, and pencils within easy reach on the desk. Purchase caddies and compartments to keep everything in its place. Do not forget things like tissues and a cup holder or coaster because these will undoubtedly be needed at some point.
Step 5: Buy some plants for the room. Plants help to clean the air and brighten your mood. Purchase plants that will thrive in the lighting conditions within the room and place them on surfaces like bookshelves, atop cabinets, or in floor planters.
Step 6: Organize the bookshelf. If you have a bookshelf, organize the books and magazines in a format that makes each one easy to grab in a hurry. You may need to quickly reference something while you are on the phone, so it should be accessible.