Over the past few months, the novelty of working from home has worn off. Most of us are struggling with motivation and productivity as we face finishing out the year in our home offices. If you’re looking to boost your productivity, there is one simple thing that you can do to help: organising your home office.
An organized work environment is more than just visual appeal. An organised work environment has been shown to reduce stress. A clutter-free environment can help to control the stress response in your brain and give you a feeling of control over your work.
If the thoughts of tackling the huge mountain of paperwork on your desk gives you heart palpitations, fear not! Nesta has some easy tips and tricks for organising your home office and to get you started on the path to a calmer and more productive work environment!
Hide wires and cables
Not only are lots of plugs, cables and cords a health and safety hazard for tripping on, they’re also an eyesore (even if they are essential). If possible, try to keep wires behind the desk out of your eye line, or try using binder clips to group them together and get them out of sight.
Use wall space to your advantage
Investing in a pegboard is a great ‘vertical storage’ option that keeps clutter off your desk. Another way to get rid of desk clutter is to attach a kitchen knife strip to the wall and hang magnetic pencil cups for storing pens, pencils and other stationery items. If you’re into DIY, installing some floating shelves is also a great storage option. They can also be used to add a little colour and decoration. Add plants or some cute photos to spruce things up!
Keep it old school with filing cabinets and folders
Filing cabinets and folders are a great way to keep your documents organised. They will help avoid the paper build-up on your desk. See if it’s possible to collect a filing cabinet from your office or workplace to use at home. If not, Ikea has some affordable and stylish filing cabinets which would fit perfectly into your home office. It’s also worth going through all of your documents and organising them by category. Then you can file them in individual folders. Although this is a tedious job, once you have the system set up it will be much easier to find things. You’ll have more free time to work on what’s important. No more searching for that document you need in a mountain of other messy files!
Still feeling overwhelmed with clutter in your home and struggling to find any space in your home office? Why not consider renting a storage unit or locker with Nesta for any excess items? We offer great rates and flexible rental terms. These are ideal if you don’t have a set date for returning to the workplace or office. For more information and to check out what options would suit you, simply fill out a contact form and one of our staff members will get back to you!