6. Establish zones for maximum efficiency.
Take cues from this immaculate space and divide your office into task-related work zones. This activity-driven approach will maximize space and make the area easier and more efficient to use.
As you can see, this study features three distinct sections: the work zone (with the desk and computer), the reference zone (home to manuals, reference books, binders, filing cabinets, etc.), and the supply zone (where office supplies are kept).
This approach is just as effective in offices that are more modest in size. Case in point: this pocket-size work zone. Here, overhead cube shelving serves as the reference center (and a display nook for bright, funky decor), while the space below comfortably accommodates the work and supply zones.
7. Set up a paper-processing station.
A small stack of paper can quickly spiral out of control. The trick to combating clutter is to adopt a paperwork action plan and follow it diligently to prevent mail and other items from piling up.
The simple yet effective setup seen here has the right idea and is easy to implement in any home. It consists of three baskets: one for papers that can be archived; another for correspondence, bills and forms that require immediate action; and a third for documents that can be thrown out.
Another solution is to reduce the amount of paper coming in. Signing up for online statements, bills and renewal notices will reduce paper waste and, because many companies now charge a fee for sending paper bills, might save you money.
8. Go vertical.
If your home office is on the small side, think beyond bulky filing cabinets, cupboards and bookcases and transform your wall space into a storage hub. Think floating shelves, hanging filing systems or a panel of wall-mounted caddies, like the modular system seen here. Besides being space-savvy, wall organizers are practical and convenient because all your files and supplies are visible and easily accessed.
For wall storage that wows, choose an attention-grabbing organizer, shelving system or message board that’s as visually appealing as it is practical. This chic geometric pinboard arrangement gets two big thumbs up. It provides ample surface area to attach notes, bills and other important papers and also makes an arresting accent wall.