This post originally appeared on our sister site Help-Organize-Life.com.  

Do you want to learn how to organize a home office like a pro? Of course you do! That is why you are here right?

A home office is becoming more and more in demand and how to organize a home office is becoming a hot topic. Whether you use it to pay household bills or to run a mini enterprise, organization is key. Organizing a home office for maximum efficiency is possible with a few helpful tips.

First you need to determine what you are or will be using your home office for: paying bills or running a home business or bringing extra work home. It could be a combination of all three. Depending on use you can set up your home office in a corner or a entirely separate room.

If space is an issue use a file tote or a rolling cart to house all of your home office needs.

How To Organize A Home Office Quick Tips

  • Keep your personal and business files separate.
  • Set up a filing system – no matter what you use your office for.
  • Have all items that you need daily to work in reach.
  • Resist the urge to spread out to other areas in your home. If you are doing this you probably need to rework your office space.
  • Keep small items and office supplies in a desk drawer or other container and off your desk. This frees up valuable desk space.
  • Find one system of filing and stick with it. Don’t have two or three filing systems. You will get confused.
  • If you hate filing away your papers use a literature sorter to house your different projects.
  • Don’t forget to shop for furniture that closes up like an armoire if you can’t dedicate a entire room to your home office.
  • Organize home office papers regularly. This keeps it from piling up and taking over.

 

My Home Office Story

Home offices can be great for getting bills paid and knocking out extra work. I use a home office for my business and for my personal life. I keep a filing cabinet for business files and one for personal files. It is important not to mix the two if you are running a business from home. All of my daily use items are close at hand. My desks are set up in a U shape. I have a dedicated room for my office, but it is okay if you don’t have that. I use a file tote for projects that I need to carry with me downstairs and work on in order to keep an eye on my daughter.

I admit that my office gets junky and in disarray from time to time, but I take the time to go through my piles and file. I am ruthless when it comes to purging old magazines and items no longer needed. I also have to make sure that my office is baby friendly, so I can’t have hazardous piles lying about.

Whatever your home office needs are you can organize your office like a pro!

 This post originally appeared on our sister site Help-Organize-Life.com. How my office is organized now has changed as my kids have grown.  

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