Maintaining a clean, organized, and clutter-free life is important when you are working on self-improvement. Personal development is all about improving your life, and in some ways, it has to do with how your office is set up.

Establish Work Zones

A major issue with home work spaces is that everything gets cluttered. This might not be from not having the right tools for proper organization, but because you’re trying to keep too many things in one area.

A way to remedy this is by setting up separate work zones. For example, your computer area should not be your file area. Have your filling cabinets and shelves in an entirely different zone. That way, when you are working at the computer, your mind doesn’t get distracted by the stacks of files right next to you.

Create a New Filing System

Speaking of filing, this is something many people lack. You need to have a place for all paperwork, no matter what type of business you are in. If you are trying to de-clutter a home office, this means having file boxes and cabinets that allow you to store your paid bills, tax returns, personal records, and financial statements. These should not be stacked on your desk or placed in a pile somewhere. Another option is to turn all paper documents and files into digitized versions. This takes more time as you need to scan everything, but it can clear up clutter and make your life a lot less stressful.

Keep the Office Clean

Cleanliness is just as important as proper organization in your office. It can be hard to organize files and desktop accessories when you have multiple water bottles, dishes that aren’t washed, and dirty floors. You should work hard to keep your office clean, which then encourages you to stick to your new organization methods. A workspace should never be dirty with dust, dirty dishes, or food scattered around.

Get Rid of What You Don’t Need

If you find that it is hard to organize your home office because of how much you have, then it is time to purge. Get rid of what you don’t currently have a need for, whether you have an extra monitor you don’t use, or piles of paperwork that can be shredded. If you are overwhelmed with files that are several years old, consider digitizing them, then putting the papers in storage boxes and moving them to a storage unit.

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