Decluttering Your Home Office in 10 Easy Steps

Decluttering Your Home Office in 10 Easy Steps

It’s impossible to be productive in a cluttered office. Not only do you feel distracted, but you often can’t even find the things you need. Luckily you can get started decluttering your office today — and why not? You’re obviously not going to get anything else done!

1. Take One Section at a Time

It can seem overwhelming to tackle a big job all at once. Separate your office into “sections” and complete one section at a time. You don’t even need to do it all at once; you can organize your desk area one day, and your file cabinets the next. Just make sure you get it all done within a reasonable time frame: otherwise you’ll end up in a situation where only one part of your office is organized at a time!

2. Remove Items That Don’t Belong

Begin by taking out anything in your office that belongs somewhere else. Take some time to scan your surfaces, drawers, and cabinets for things that are supposed to be in the kitchen, garage, or living room. Over time, it’s pretty easy to start bringing things in from elsewhere.

3. Invest in Storage Options

If you’re finding yourself putting things everywhere, it’s probably because you need additional storage. Before you go further, buy some filing cabinets, drawers, and organizers, so you have a place to put everything that’s currently in disarray.

4. Digitize Your Documents

Paper documents can stack up quick, and they really don’t have to. Most documents can go digital. Digitize your receipts, bills, invoices, and other miscellaneous sheets of paper. As long as you’re able to store them in an area that will get regularly backed up, it’ll be just as safe as having paper copies. And then you get to throw everything away!

5. Separate Your Items Into Piles

Don’t know where things go? Separate your items into piles: things you need to keep, things you no longer want, and things you have to do something with. You can sort the things you need to keep, sell or giveaway the things that you want, and deal with the things you have to do something with later. The most important thing is to make sure they’re properly sorted and categorized.

6. Put Old Documents Into Storage

Anything old that you still need can be put into storage. There are some things, like leases or signed contracts, that you really need to have a physical copy of… even if you don’t use it a lot. Box these things up and put them in your attic or garage storage; you aren’t going to be referencing them frequently, so they don’t need to be in your office.

7. Clean and Dust Everything

You don’t want to put your things away in a messy office! Now that you have everything removed from the office and sorted, it’s the perfect time to dust, sweep, and generally clean your surfaces. You’ll feel better when you’re surrounded by fresh air, rather than stacks of random paperwork.

8. Decide on a Space and Make Labels

Identify the areas you’re going to be using for storage and make labels to define each storage area. You won’t need to wonder where everything is: labeling makes it much easier to find things while you’re working without killing your own momentum.

9. Put Everything Back in Its Place

After your areas have been identified, you can begin the work of neatly putting everything back in its place. As you go, make sure things are paired with the folders or boxes that they should be paired with, and that everything is put back in a neat, orderly, and accessible fashion.

10. Keep It Up!

Clutter builds over time. In order to keep it up, you might need to develop some habits moving forward. Always put things back after they’ve been used and take some time to clean up at the end of each day. If you find yourself struggling to store things, invest in more storage options rather than trying to use something that is ill-suited to the task. Finally, if you see it getting out of hand, it’s time to schedule another decluttering!

It’s that easy; you can get your office decluttered in the space of a day. It’ll make it easier for you to work and you’ll be happier while doing it. For more tips for decluttering, check out our tips for decluttering and maximizing your home office space.

25 thoughts on “Decluttering Your Home Office in 10 Easy Steps

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  2. gabby says:

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  8. Samuel Adler says:

    Dear Kylie,

    Even I saw that rearranging the materials on the desk from this side to that side increases productivity by giving a fresh new look.
    3 months back, in the locked-down situation of the pandemic, I completely changed my desk structure as it was full of clutters. I removed the upper stand and made it a little big for my monitor, laptop, and printer space.

    Gives me a soothing feeling now.

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  12. Gina Wilson says:

    I think I put off sorting through my documents in my office. I end up with huge piles of paperwork that I think will come in handy in the future. However, I need to work on getting rid of these and thinking about why I should shred my documents as opposed to putting them in the trash. I like the idea of digitizing my documents. I worry about doing this because of my information getting into the wrong hands, but I guess I can always use a data destruction method ( in the future when needed.

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  14. Susan C says:

    What is best way to digitize documents and receipts. I’ve looked at apps but they are all for business and charge fees.

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  18. Jim Allen says:

    Thanks for the tips. I struggle with the organization of my home office. I found your advice to take organization in sections to help make the task less overwhelming.
    Making digital copies and eliminating paper is a great way to save space as well.

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