4. Digital Storage Media Ė If you have floppy disks, zip disks, or CDs lying around, itís time to give them a home. Disks can be stored in plastic containers, and CDs are often best stored in binders. While you can store CDs in several ways, binders are ideal for the home office, because you can organize and move them easily, as well as being able to add adhesive tabs to binder pages for labeling.
5. Scheduling Ė Always keep your schedule and deadlines in front of you. When you work at home, you have to work extra hard to prove your credibility, so missing an important deadline isnít an option. Keep a planner or PDA with you at all times. Additionally, keep a large wall calendar near your desk, so you can view general deadlines at a glance.
6. Finding Space Ė By this point, you should be left with only whatís necessary for you to work (and possibly a few personal items). Find a place where you can permanently keep your writing utensils, printer paper, binders, and everything else you need on a daily basis. When you finish using something, get into the habit of putting it back there.
7. Organizing Your Computer Ė If your general home office space is cluttered and unorganized, chances are that your computer files are in disarray as well. Youíll find that you can work more productively if you donít have to search for where you saved files. Simply delete anything you no longer need, clear any unnecessary icons off of your desktop area, and organize your computerís file folders in a similar manner to your hard files.
8. Finishing Up Ė Once your home office area is organized, you should take some time to vacuum or sweep, wipe down your computer, monitor, mouse, and keyboard with a little bit of rubbing alcohol, and wash your desk. Touch up your cleaning every few days to help force you into the habit of keeping your home office clutter-free.
What youíll need:
1. Trash can
2. Filing cabinet and folders
3. Cases for computer disks
4. Binder for CD storage
5. Planner or PDA
6. Wall calendar
7. Bottle of rubbing alcohol
8. Clean cloth
9. Spray cleaner for your desk
1. Once your home office is organized and clean, touch it up frequently so clutter doesnít re-accumulate.
2. Go digital wherever possible. File emails and documents on your computer in digital form, rather than printing everything out for paper files.
3. Only use rubbing alcohol for your monitor, mouse and keyboard. Other chemicals can damage them.
About the Author: Jennifer Mattern is a small business owner and freelance writer and editor from Pennsylvania.
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