Declutter your Home Office

declutter your Home Office

Take your home office from havoc to haven.
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Use these smart tricks for cleaning and decluttering your home office, and you’ll never feel overwhelmed again.

Contain it + maintain it



Use Ziploc® brand Containers with the Smart Snap® Seal to organize and maximize space. They’re perfect since you can see through them, and they come in handy sizes for clutter control. For example, the extra small bowl is great for paper clips and the small square works well for pens and pencils. And the large rectangles are perfect for personal correspondence, bills, coupons, etc. (we’ll get to the best ways to organize all that paper later). They’re also stackable, which makes them real space savers.

Cable stable



Sick of power cords and chargers for all your different electronic devices getting lost, tangled, or hard to locate at a moment’s notice? Try this great trick: Set aside empty toilet paper or paper towel rolls and use them to neatly secure and contain wrapped cords—simply label the tubes with a permanent marker and voilà—you’ve got a cable stable!



Escape the cord bind…with binder clips



Another headache-inducing mess is undoubtedly the tangle of cords always in use around your desk, like power cords for your computer and monitor, digital camera, and your phone charger. Clip binder clips to the edge of the back of your desk and thread each cord (different sized clips will suit some cords better than others) through the metal part of the clip to its proper place and never, ever waste time detangling cords again.

De-blur your devices



Smudgy, blurry screens—whether on your monitor, cell phone or e-reader—are a real drag. That’s why you should keep Windex® Electronics Wipes in your desk drawer. To safely clean your electronics, first power your devices down, then use a pre-moistened wipe directly on the screen and surfaces, leaving them streak-free.



Toss, sort, and shred



What to do with the mountain of mail and paper crowding out your keyboard? First, go through the pile and toss anything you don’t really need—and if it has personal information that would be of use to identity thieves, shred it! Next, sort and file the rest. Create an Immediate Attention file (or folder or bin) for things you need to act on soon, such as bills. Bank statements and important receipts can go into a To Be Filed bin. Use a Ziploc® brand Slider Bag to hold coupons you’ve clipped or printed from websites, and keep it in your purse or glove compartment.

Sweep up your computer desktop



Don’t let all the extra files on your computer desktop slow you down. Organize by creating folders with names like “Family Pictures,” and “Recipes,” to house random files. To speed up your computer even more, clear out web browser caches and histories (usually under “History” or “Internet Options” in the browser menu), and delete files you no longer need, such as old software versions.
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1/27/2009 , 
Cathy  C.
Thanks so much for this! I just went from working a fulltime "dayjob" to running my own business from home. It's amazing to see how quick the clutter begins to grow! By following these tips I can see how I can make it disappear just as fast! Thanks so much! :)
1/26/2009 , 
Robin  F.
Thanks so much for this information, I do have a big problem when it comes to paper, I just can't seem to find an end to the paper trail.
1/13/2009 , 
Mike  C.
I am reorganizing to create a work area,as I am needing to change careers. These tips are a good starting point. Thanks!
1/10/2009 , 
Phyllis  J.
I've been trying to organize on my own. It's great to have some tips. Thank you!
1/10/2009 , 
Phyllis  J.
You've given me some very good ideas. I'll keep coming back!
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