5 Tips to Create a Clutter Free Home Office in Style
Whether you’re an intrepid entrepreneur building your business empire from home, or simply want a productive workspace to come home to, your home office should be a place of positivity, calm, and, most importantly, fun, and fit perfectly with your desired lifestyle.
The environment in which we work can have a profound effect on our mood and motivation. Maintaining a beautiful clutter free home office is so important to reducing stress and to help get you excited about getting things done. But let’s face it. As much as we all aspire to a sparkling clean den of productivity, we often fit out our home offices with the flavourless bare essentials, and quickly succumb to the clutter of the I’ll-get-to-it-later mail stacks and the tangle of cables from our ever-increasing collection of gadgets.
We are here to help! Follow our five tips to create a stylish clutter free home office and tackle key problem areas in no time.
1 Establish a system
This tip is about first understanding how you work, and, along with this, how clutter builds up for you. A major cause of losing control of paperwork is when we leave decisions to be made later. While this is a habit we all struggle to change, the good news is that there are lots of great organization strategies out there to make this easier. There are so many many beautiful and ingenious organisers for every kind of paperwork out there, from your growing ward of receipts to those letters from the bank you probably won’t read, but know you will need later. For some enlightening tips on establishing a system we love this CNN Money article on the perfect way to organise your desk.
2 Create a (stylish) place for everything
One cause of home office clutter is not having a set place to store all those little bits and pieces of stationary. Operate on the principle of ‘a place for everything and everything in its place’. Look for functional desk organisers to find a home for all the little things you use on a daily basis: pens, eraser, pencil sharpener, scissors, ruler, paper clips, tapes. Your organisers needn’t be purely utilitarian, but should add visual interest to your space. Embellish your desk with these Deco-inspired items in steel, brass or copper. Or, organise it Scandi-style with metal, marble or leather tech and storage accessories.
3Hide those wires
We all love our gadgets, but who loves the tangle of cords that come with them? Electrical helpers and hideaway cable managers will tidy up your desk and help you tackle the cable jungle. They can also double-function as a storage box for smaller electronic devices. Consider adding a clever side table – functioning as a seat at the same time – with internal storage to hide cables or devices.
4Display your books and magazines
The books and magazines we’ve collected through the years can quickly leave our home offices with no space to even walk. However, print material have a timeless aesthetic appeal that should be leveraged to beautify your office. We highly recommend investing in thoughtful storage solutions to display these items in pride of place. Open book shelves are always a good idea, but don’t forget to think outside the box. A storage ladder is another eye-catching piece to keep favourite magazines always at hand. Think also decorative magazine folders in matching designs. What about using a magazine stack as a side table? We love these and other clever ideas for storing magazines on DIY Network.
5Add your personal style
Your clutter free home office should be a delight to work in, and adding your personal style is so important. However, filling up your surfaces with meaningless ornaments is itself a form of clutter which should be avoided at all costs – for more on this, check out our article on ‘How to Decorate without Clutter’. For example, we at Beige Renegade love metallic accents. A golden wire tray and coordinating desk accessories will make filing and working at your desk a glamorous affair. Complement this look with stylish storage containers for items, which do not fit into your cupboards; a metal basket, for example, is a great option to store wrapping paper, drawings or mind maps and adds some glam to your workspace. Want a great way to display photos and other keepsakes? Check out this quick and easy DIY Mesh Mood Board.