Organizing the Home Office

A new year! A fresh start! I would love for my whole house to have a magical reset button that would make it clean and organized. However, the reality is that I am the one who has to make this magic happen and it won’t be “poof” it’s done. That is why I use my Zone Plan to work on one zone of my home at a time. 

I start my year by working in my office zone. Now is a great time to clear out files and make room for the new year and to start pulling tax materials. So, I work my plan step by step.

  1.  What is bothering me? 
  • overfull files
  • project bins outdated
  • clutter 
  • unfiled papers

     2. How do I want my office to look and feel?

  • clean and uncluttered – open
  • welcoming
  • inspiring 

     3. What do I need to do to make this vision come true?

  • sort, label, and file all loose papers
  • clear all desk drawers, files, and surfaces
  • purge files
  • shred and archive old papers
  • set up current project bins
  • deep clean the zone

    4. Schedule time to do each task.

  • pull out calendar and see what times are available
  • schedule reasonable dates/times for each task
  • write the times on calendar as appointments
  • follow the plan

By the end of the month, I will call whatever has been accomplished as “good enough” and move on to the next zone. The office is now ready for regular maintenance until the next year. I always reward myself by putting a fresh flower on my desk.