How to Keep Your Home Office Contained
You may have discovered, since you started working from home that items from your office have begun to spill over into other rooms in the house. While it’s not uncommon for possessions throughout your home to migrate from room to room (you still can’t quite figure out how the remote ended up in the fridge, and your keys are in a constant state of limbo) it can be extremely detrimental to your business to have office supplies and important documents floating around in other areas. You’ve tried to keep the clutter contained, but when you’re running around with a crying child on your hip, a phone wedged between your shoulder and your ear, and a stack of papers that have to be set down so you can grab the thermometer, proper filing procedures may not be the first thing on your mind. And while you realize that this is a major problem that is likely having a huge impact on the overall efficiency of your business, you just can’t seem to find a way to stop the overflow.
You’re not alone. Unmanageable clutter and a lack of organization are problems that plague many work-at-home moms. When you’re basically trying to do two jobs simultaneously, it’s no surprise that a few things get lost in the shuffle. However, if you want your business to be successful you’re going to have to find a way to clean up your act – literally. And ensuring that your home office remains clutter-free and all in one place requires that you make a massive effort to keep your space both clean and organized.
A good way to start is by setting up a number of shelves and bins to house different items. This sounds pretty self-explanatory, but organizing the many aspects of your business into manageable and logical portions can be a lot more difficult that you think, especially if the clutter has gotten out of hand. So parcel off small sections and move your way around the room, adding storage receptacles as needed. By the time you’re finished, anything you might need at a moment’s notice should be easily accessible and in good working order.
The second part of this effort is a clean-up. Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to save every shred of paper that pertains to your business in case of an audit. All the IRS is concerned about is money coming in and money going out. So you can easily get rid of unnecessary correspondence, client files that are no longer relevant, and of course, items that belong in other rooms in the house. If you use your home office for household paperwork as well, simply set aside a space for those items to keep them separate from your work. In truth, you can save even more space and reduce a huge amount of clutter by simply doing everything electronically (including scanning hardcopies and backing them up to disc before you shred the paper copy). This, combined with ongoing organizational efforts, will ensure that your office is ship-shape and contained to the appropriate space.
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