Nothing can be more frustrating to a home-based business owner than fumbling around on their desk for missing notes or paperwork. Just where in this large jumbled-up mess lies the information you need? Follow these helpful tips on optimizing space for your small home office desk and do not waste another minute looking for lost information.

You must start your space optimization efforts by first archiving or disposing of outdated or unnecessary materials from your desktop. If you have paperwork that needs to be kept but out of sight; utilize your attic or a large walk-in closet shelf. While fashion and cooking magazines are entertaining, they are probably not conducive to increasing your productivity. You could always have a small magazine rack close to your desk for taking those much-needed breaks. Go through old financial paperwork. Normally there is no need to save financial statements, such as bank statements past five years.

Unclutter

An over-cluttered desk involves rearranging the items on your desk to free up more working area. You will be surprised how much more productive you will become just by optimizing your desktop workspace. Remove unnecessary bulky items such as electronic pencil sharpeners. Instead, keep a container full of pre-sharpened pencils within arms reach. Another space-saving idea is utilizing a under-desk keyboard tray. You can find them anywhere in prices ranging from $10 to $50. These keyboards are also ergonomic by reducing strain on the wrist and hands caused by repetitive keystroke motion. Keep lesser used items in a separate area, such as a filing cabinet, close to your workspace, freeing up even more area on your desktop. If you have a very small desk area, considering purchasing a home computer which will take up less space on your desktop.

Special Projects

When working on special projects from your home office, instead of cluttering up your free desktop space, consider storing the materials for such projects in portable briefcases or oversized tote bags. Keep these materials close to your office space so you can access them easily when needed. Also, consider how many of these “papers” you really need. Can you effectively store information on your computer? Do you own a scanner device? This would be a wise purchase for ridding yourself of unnecessary papers.

Wall Space 

Do not overlook the wall space surrounding a small home office desk. Putting up a wall calendar and hanging files on the wall within reach from your desk will go a long way toward optimizing your workspace for the home office. Shelves on walls near office desks will provide extra storage areas

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