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How To Organize Your Home Office

How To Organize Your Home Office

A home office can be a great idea for your house, especially if you or your partner work from home. It’s important to keep your office welcoming, organized and clutter-free. Here are some tips to keep your productivity flowing and your home office organized.

Sort Paper

Clear your work space and keep it de-cluttered by sorting through the papers currently on your desk. Separate your papers into three piles: toss, file and to-do. Review the papers in your file pile to see if you can scan and store them digitally. If not, label a file folder and store them physically in an organized manner. For your toss pile, make sure to shred any papers containing sensitive information. For the papers in your to-do pile, make sure they are orderly and within easy reach.

Organize Your Bookshelf

Take inventory of all your books, returning any you borrowed from the library or from friends. Take this chance to decide which books you wish to keep and which ones you can give away or donate. For an attractive design look, try sorting your books by colour.

Create A Colour-Coded Filing System

It’s a good idea to adopt a colour-coded filing system for all the papers you can’t digitize. Some useful filing categories are financial, medical, personal, insurance, pet, auto, home and manuals. On your computer, sort your files using the same categories and colours to keep things simple.

Get Creative

Some home offices have limited space, so it’s important to use every inch. For extra space, look above and behind items. Use wall space to hang calendars, whiteboards and shelves. Hang a rack behind the door for extra filing space.

Try Wireless

Too many cables can become challenging, so try wireless electronics whenever possible. This can include a wireless printer, mouse and keyboard. This means you can also put these electronics anywhere in the room, giving your office more flexibility.

Functional Furniture

Another way to maximize space and efficiency is to have functional furniture. Tables, chairs and filing cabinets with wheels provide lots of flexibility. Try and think about what furniture appeals to you and can keep you organized every day.

Keep It Labelled

Labelling files, boxes and containers is key to office organization. Also remember to keep it specific, as this will make sure you remember the information. For example, when labelling a box, if possible include a name, date and location.

Keep Your Desk De-Cluttered

A cluttered desk can hurt creativity and keep you from finding what you need. Make sure there is space on your desk and everything is put away in a neat fashion, including papers, books and office supplies.

Stay Cozy

Although your home office may be a practical and professional space, it’s important to keep it styled to your tastes. You want to feel comfortable in your office, and making it look its best is a good step. Choose neutral colors that are soothing, such as blue or white, and add decorative items that inspire. This can include framed photos, stylish wicker baskets, or textured pillows and throws.

Set Aside Some Time  

One way to keep your office organized is setting aside ten minutes at the end of each day to straighten things out. Take this time to recycle paper, update your schedule and to-do list and tidy your desk. Keeping this small commitment to yourself is an easy way to maintain an organized home office and set yourself up for success tomorrow.

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Spring Into Action: Household Advice

Spring Into Action: Household Advice

Did someone say spring cleaning? This season is often known for its high ambitions of cleaning, decluttering and organizing. Are you preparing to move? Need to get ready for an open house? Have to show your house to potential buyers? Perhaps you’ve just moved into a new home and don’t know where to start? Now is the right time to get your house in order, one step at a time. Below is some advice on spring cleaning for anyone deciding to take the plunge.

Take It Slow

Your house does not need to be perfect immediately. Give yourself enough time before a deadline (such as a moving date) to clean, declutter and pack. Going through the house one room at a time to clean and decide what to keep, donate and throw away is a good strategy.

Get Inspired

Spring cleaning feels much easier if you feel inspired and energized. Try not to burn yourself out all at once, leaving time to take the cleaning and decluttering at a manageable pace. Find some inspiration to keep you going, whether that’s the image of a spotless kitchen or someone you know who will help you reach your cleaning goals. A good inspiration is Marie Kondo, Japanese organizing consultant and author. Check out her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and her new Netflix show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.

Remember To Deep Clean

Although it may be easier to just clean the surface of your home, making sure you thoroughly clean is very important. Cleaning every nook and cranny can be a challenge but a beautifully clean home is the perfect reward. Deep cleaning can include washing carpets and upholstery as well as cleaning walls, doors, cabinets, windows, lighting fixtures, fridges and ovens.

Update Your Décor

Sometimes all your home needs is a little update to feel fresh and re-energized. This can include anything from new furniture to little touches like new doorknobs, cabinet handles, lamps, throw rugs or welcome mats.

Finishing Touches

To keep your home from looking tired and worn, sometimes it only takes a little effort. Some tips include paint retouches, fixing broken steps and rails, or even replacing old lightbulbs.

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Home Projects To Do During Summer

Home Projects To Do During Summer

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy life, as well as enjoy your own home. Below are some ideas of home projects to do during summer that can help improve your home’s style, summer potential and curb appeal.

Paint

Good weather can make painting your house a much easier task, whether that’s painting the exterior, interior or even small touches like a new colour for the front door or trim.

Fix The Fence

Have you been meaning to fix your fence, porch or that one loose step? Summertime is the perfect time to haul out the toolbox and get to work fixing your house.

Enjoy The Garden

Nothing says summer like a beautiful, well-maintained garden. To enjoy your garden fully, consider weeding and adding new soil, flowers or other plants.

Upgrade The Patio

Sometimes just relaxing outside in your yard or on your patio can make the perfect summer day. To upgrade your patio consider adding new patio furniture, lounge chairs or even a hammock.

Clean The BBQ

This task may not be the most enjoyable, but cleaning your BBQ and getting it ready for summer is good maintenance and makes it that much more enticing to throw a summer party.

Clean Windows

With bright sunlight it becomes much easier to see and clean the windows in your house, which is a time-consuming but beneficial task.

Get Ready For Summer

Nothing says summer like a yard full of lounge chairs, hammocks and maybe even a small pool for the animals, the young and the young at heart.