January is often the month that many of us get organised. With goals or resolutions to make this year our best yet, many of us want to get our ‘house in order’ both literally and figuratively.
With so many of us working from home these days, it’s natural to want to carve out a space to get the job done. Alas, offices also tend to be magnets for clutter where your little space becomes quickly overwhelmed with paperwork, various half-finished projects as well as the accoutrements of long hours and endless responsibilities. Your home office may serve many purposes – a place for the kids to do their homework, where you pay your bills or do your online shop or it may just be the hub of your small (or large!) business.
Whatever you use your home office for, creative organisation is paramount as without this, the area can soon be a mess. It also deserves to look great. After all, it is a part of your home so making sure the space fits seamlessly into your home and reflects your personality will allow you to thrive.
The Big Clear Out and Clean
The first thing you will want to do when organising your home office is to have a clear out. Go through all those piles of forgotten paperwork and the random assortment of things that you might find in the space that don’t belong there.
Sort everything into piles – one to keep and store, one for the shredder or rubbish bin and one for charity (this should be for half-forgotten décor, books you no longer need or in the case of a dual-function room it may be clothing, bedding and the like).
Depending upon your personal situation, expect this to take anywhere from a few hours to a whole weekend. Divide it into manageable sections – desk drawers, the filing cabinet, the shelving etc – and tackle each section at a time to make the whole process more manageable.
Once you’ve emptied the space, grab the vacuum and duster and give the whole space a good clean. It will make the room feel fresher and with those cleared surfaces and a clean floor, you’ll be starting the space off on the right foot.
Address Your Storage Needs
An organised area for accumulating paperwork will give you the space to think and breathe. Trays, file boxes, a filing cabinet, a shelving system or a combination of these will allow your office to stay both organised as well as look great. Scan hard copies of paperwork and consider keeping an electronic copy on your computer’s hard drive or stored in a cloud for clearing paperwork, especially when space is at a premium.
If you have the space, attractive shelving will do the work of both providing storage as well as a place to display items. Your home office should really look as though it’s an extension of your home’s decor and you can make sure it fits in with the aesthetic you love. As such, don’t be afraid to display some personal items like treasured photos or mementos on the shelves.
Making Your Desk Look Great
Even the most practical items we all need – things like pens, pencils, notepads and folders– can form part of your overall design theme. With so many stunning stationary products on the market for nearly any style and budget, it’s not difficult for you to stay organised and still have a beautiful looking desk space!
Adding Artwork and Plants
In a bland cubicle in a corporate setting, it may have been difficult to include more than a few small frames to dress up your office space. Happily, your home office doesn’t need to adhere to that same rigidity and you can adorn your walls with art that you love. Whether that’s mid-century oil paintings you snagged at a charity shop, photos of your family or loved ones, colourful abstracts or motivational sayings, the art you choose can help tie an office in with the rest of your home’s style and make it looked more polished.
And finally, no room is really complete without the addition of a bit of life. A few potted plants or an inexpensive bunch of flowers picked up in your weekly shop can actually increase productivity, relieve stress and help purify the air. They also add an organic element to your surroundings, making your whole office look more complete.
All images courtesy of Swoon Worthy and used with kind permission.