With more and more people embracing remote work, having a well-organized and efficient home office has become increasingly important. Whether you’re a freelancer, a remote employee, or an entrepreneur, these life hacks will help you optimize your home office setup for productivity and comfort. Today, I’ll share a few life hacks for your home office.
Welcome to my Year Long Thorough Declutter Series. We declutter 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Each day we do a daily task based on the room we are working on. Today, our task is to start decluttering your clutter in your home office. If you prefer watching videos, check out my youtube channel here. Today, we’ll look at Life Hacks for Your Home Office.
The best way to develop a new habit is by slowly and daily application. We will begin a new daily declutter habit starting with the 2nd bathroom. In the Year Long Thorough Declutter Series, we will declutter 30 minutes a day, five days a week on weekdays. Sign up to receive daily encouragement and motivation.
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Currently we are working on decluttering the Home Office. The daily task for today, May 22, 2023, is to begin decluttering your unused computer equipment. Remember, we are focusing on just the Home Office area, so don’t declutter your whole house. We will cover each room separately.
Life Hacks for Your Home Office
- Create a Dedicated Workspace: Designate a specific area in your home as your workspace. It could be a spare room, a corner in your living room, or even a well-organized nook in your bedroom. Having a designated space helps you mentally switch into work mode and increases focus and productivity.
- Invest in Ergonomic Furniture: Investing in ergonomic furniture is crucial for maintaining good posture and preventing strain on your body. A comfortable chair with proper lumbar support, an adjustable desk that allows you to switch between sitting and standing, and a well-positioned monitor can significantly enhance your comfort and long-term health.
- Organize Your Cables: Cable clutter can be both visually distracting and frustrating when you need to find a specific cable. Use cable clips, cable sleeves, or cable management boxes to keep your cables neatly organized and out of sight. This not only improves the aesthetics of your workspace but also makes it easier to locate and access the cables you need.
- Optimize Lighting: Proper lighting is essential for reducing eye strain and enhancing productivity. Utilize natural light as much as possible by positioning your desk near a window. Supplement it with adjustable desk lamps or task lights to ensure you have adequate illumination for your workspace, especially during darker hours.
- Implement Storage Solutions: Effective storage solutions are essential to maintain a clutter-free and organized home office. Utilize shelves, filing cabinets, or storage boxes to keep documents, office supplies, and other essentials neatly arranged and easily accessible. Keep only the items you use frequently on your desk to minimize distractions.
- Establish Daily Routines: Set a daily routine to establish a sense of structure and discipline. Determine your working hours, schedule breaks, and allocate time for specific tasks. By having a routine, you’ll create a productive work environment and maintain a healthy work-life balance.
- Minimize Distractions: Identify and minimize distractions that can hinder your focus and productivity. Silence your phone or keep it in a different room, disable non-essential notifications on your computer, and use browser extensions to block time-wasting websites during work hours. Consider using noise-canceling headphones if you work in a noisy environment.
- Incorporate Greenery: Introduce some greenery into your home office by placing potted plants on your desk or near your workspace. Plants not only improve the aesthetics but also have a calming effect and can help purify the air, creating a more pleasant and productive environment.
- Dress for Success: Most people who work from home have the luxury of wearing what they like. However, if you will get dressed from head to toe in clothing and shoes that make you feel confident, it will affect your outlook and productivity. Every day, I shower, do my hair and makeup, and dress as though I am going out. You don’t have to wear business attire; just dress in clothes that make you feel comfortable and confident. It really makes a difference. Try it and see!
By implementing these life hacks, you can transform your home office into a productive, organized, and comfortable space. Remember, everyone’s needs and preferences vary, so feel free to adapt these hacks to suit your specific requirements. With the right setup, you’ll be well-equipped to tackle your work efficiently and thrive in your home office.
I personally have a bad habit of placing items that need to be donated in the laundry room behind the door. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Wrong. Delaying decisions means we still need to declutter.
Maybe you have a habit of delaying decisions, too. Let’s decide today where your decluttered items need to go. Do they need to be donated? Disposed of? Don’t delay that decision any longer. If they need to be donated, sort and put them in your vehicle. Then, make a note in your calendar to drop them off at your favorite charity.
As you are decluttering your items, I want you to try not to just move them to another room. You may be tempted to do that. However, resist the urge to keep everything. Decluttering means we actually part with these items. Otherwise, assign those items a permanent home where you can best utilize them.
Decluttering and Organizing Life Hacks for Your Home Office
1.Only spend time on your specific daily task.
2.Do not get side-tracked or distracted.
3.Work within a time of day that you have the most energy and stamina. This is one of the most useful declutter motivation tips. Listen to your body and work at decluttering when you feel the most alert and energized.
4.Avoid thinking too long about whether to keep or discard an item. This is one specific way for How to Be Ruthless When Decluttering.
5.Avoid cleaning during your declutter. The goal is to purge the dead weight. Getting rid of the clutter is your priority. Cleaning can be accomplished later. Read on for more declutter motivation tips and my room specific deep clean checklist, though, as you will begin cleaning after your declutter.
Life Hacks for Your Home Office: Decluttering and Organizing Ideas:
1. boxes -preferably ones you can donate (Avoid plastic storage bins because you may be tempted to just store the items and not part with them.)
2. sturdy trash bags
3. marker/pen to label boxes
Decluttering Tip: Avoid using storage bins to declutter. Storage bins tend to tell your brain to “store” the items for later. That is just delaying decisions. If you aren’t getting rid of items when you declutter, you are not truly decluttering. This is why I recommend a trash bag, also. A trash bag tells your brain to “trash” the item.
Obviously, recycle if you have that option. The boxes you use should be ones you are willing to part with, so I recommend sturdy cardboard boxes. As to donations, there are many charities that will come pick up your items for you at your home.
I use one in particular where you can book an appointment for pick-up online. This is so convenient, as it saves you the hassle of hauling stuff away yourself. Scheduling that pick-up also motivates you to declutter by a certain date.
Life Hacks for Your Home Office: Decluttering Steps
1. Start by eliminating trash first- use a sturdy trash bag
2. Sort items by category if needed so you can see what you have
3.Get rid of items that don’t work or that work poorly, expired items, anything you don’t love, anything that you’ll never use again
4. Box up the donations and trash/recycle the rest
5.Select a charity to donate your items and schedule the pick-up if that is an option
How Do You Declutter Your Entire House (and get it deep clean?): Need to deep clean?
First, My How to Deep Clean Your Kitchen list can be found here.
Second, My How to Deep Clean Your Bathroom list can be found here.
Third, My How to Deep Clean Your Kids’ Rooms list can be found here.
Fourth, My How to Deep Clean Your Living Room list can be found here.
Fifth, My How to Deep Clean Your Bedroom list can be found here.
You can get your printable Daily Housekeeping Routine and Deep Cleaning Your House Schedule here. This 15 page printable kit is delivered digitally to your email for you to print and personalize. What Does a Deep Clean Include? It includes a daily schedule, calendar pages, and deep cleaning checklists for every room and area of your home. Check out the link above to see a sample page of what you’ll get in my printable set designed to help you create your personal Homemaking Checklist.
Also, you can get the complete digital printable copy of the Year Long Thorough Declutter Series Calendar and Checklists here. The printable digital download is delivered to your email. It includes 25 pages of printable calendar pages and checklists to help you declutter every room in your home. You can find that here.
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Step 1: Check out this post on the 1st step you should take to get organized. If you don’t have a calendar, you can grab my free weekly printable calendar page here. It is in my shopify store, but it is totally free, so you won’t be prompted to put in any payment information. It is a free download and will be delivered straight to your email.
Step 2: Create a daily Housekeeping Schedule. You can use this series to start to set up your own schedule. You can also use this simplified weekly schedule.If you often ask: What is the fastest way to clean a dirty house? Or, if you struggle to get organized and have tried and failed time and again, you can likely find out which of these 11 reasons cause you to fail to get organized.
Step 3: How do you remove clutter? How Do You Declutter Your Home?.…Sign up for the Declutter Series and get your entire home decluttered in just 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.”Declutter Your Home” checklists are provided in each email.
Step 4: What is the fastest way to clean a dirty house? Use a timer and use the Deep Cleaning Checklists above. They will help you get your home sparkling after you’ve decluttered.
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