Get Organized for the Holidays

Having an organized office can make your holiday shopping less stressful. Here are a few tips to get organized this holiday season.  First of all, keep all of your receipts from shopping in a separate place so you can easily find them. That way when something is opened Christmas morning and doesn’t fit, you can easily find the reciept. This will make for less stress after the holidays have past. Another thing you can do to be organized for the holidays is make lists of who you need to buy for, who you have already bought for, your budgeting, etc. This way no one is forgotten on Christmas and there are no surprises when the credit card bill comes. Wrapping presents as soon as you buy them can also make for things easier. You won’t be up late Christmas eve wrapping if you wrap them earlier. Also, try to keep the rest of your office organized because losing anything will create stress, and the holidays can be a stressful time of year. Just remember the more organized you are the more joyous this holiday season will be.

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Organizing with Baskets

Baskets can be very helpful when trying to organize your office, or any part of you home.  They come in so many different styles that they will fit almost any decor. You can find them in metal, wood, cloth, plastic, and many other types. They are can hold many different things, for example you can have a small basket on your desk so that you can put alll of the mail that you need to  take care of in it. You can also find large baskets to help keep bigger things like paper or books that you don’t use everyday. I find that having a basket for things that I need to put away helpful. Make sure that your baskets never get so full that you can’t put more stuff in them.

You should make sure that you consider what your are doing with your basket along with the material it is made out of. Cloth is good for things that are going to get the fabric dirty. Metal or plastic is good for things that may leak or spill that way you can rinse it out. If your basket is going to be visible all the time you may want to consider getting wood, or something else that looks good. Baskets are very helpful in keeping your home office organized.

Unnecessary Duplicates

Despite your tries to abolish paper in your office complely, you probably still have some printed documents. Well one way to make sure that you don’t have unneccesary documents is by throwing away all duplicates. If you thought you lost something and printed out a second one, throw away the first on if you find it. This way you don’t have two sheets of the same thing, which reduce the amount of file storage that you need. So if you have two of something and don’t need the second, throw it away.

Expired Materials

There are probably a lot of things in your office that have a date on them.  Coupons and bills are some that come to mind.  Make sure to pay bills on time and when a coupon expires, throw it away. There is no need for you to have useless paper in your office. You might also have documents that are dated.  If you have something from awhile back that can’t be used again, you should throw it away. Also, you don’t need to keep books that have old information in them. For emample a book on how to use computers that was published 10 years ago probably won’t have up to date information in it. These are just a few examples, so if you have something in your home office that is dated and not needed, get rid of it.

Color Coding Files

Files are something that all home offices have, whether you like it or not. Files can become confusing and hard find over time. Having file folders that are different colors can be helpful when looking for a file. Colored files can make you so much more organized. For example have everything in blue folders: financial information, yellow: unfinished projects, and red: client information, or whatever you need them to be. When you want to find information on that client you helped last month you can open up the file cabinet, go to the red files, and pull the one you need. It can make finding files quick and simple.

Overflowing Drawers

When you think about an organized home office you may or may not think about your drawers, but they are important to home office organization. Your desk drawers, and any other drawers you have, should not have so much stuff that they barely close. Try cleaning out your drawers every once in awhile. Depending on what is in the drawer, the bottom should be barely covered by it’s contents. You should be able to open the drawer and see all of the stuff in it. This way you don’t waste time searching for things. I recommend getting drawer organizers that have compartments for things like pens, pencils, paper clips, etc. Having an organized home office means that you should have organized drawers.