Widespread home-working is set to continue for the rest of 2020 and beyond, and for many of us it can be hard to find a calm, peaceful spot to work in our busy homes. However, if you take the time to declutter your workspace and keep it tidy, you’ll find it easier to focus and get tasks finished. We’ve put together a few tips for creating a calm workspace, whether you’re working from a full home office or just a corner of the kitchen table.
Get rid of everything you don’t need
Sounds obvious, but how many of us have old magazines and dried-up biros lurking about and taking up valuable space? Go through everything in your home office and if you no longer need it, get rid. Recycle it, rehome it or, as a last resort, bin it.
Organise and sort everything else
Once you know what you’re keeping, it can be sorted and tidied. A tidy environment promotes a calm, productive mindset, and means you won’t waste time turning the room upside down every time you need to find something. Storage pots and desk drawer dividers are great for tidying away stationery, while a small desktop filing shelf is ideal for storing paperwork and notebooks. Depending on your requirements and space, it might be worth buying a filing cabinet or desk pedestal. If you’re investing in a new desk, you might want to choose one with built-in drawers.
Tidy as you go
Take five minutes before lunch, and again at the end of the day, to clear your work area. Coming back to a tidy, ordered desk in the morning immediately puts you in a positive, calm state of mind to start your day.