Making your office as wireless as possible is the way to start, but for most of us there will still be too many leads. Cable turtles will reduce the length of cords. To keep all the wiring bundled up together, cut off the bottom of a long sock (children’s work best as they are narrow) and slip the cords through. While you’re tackling the tangle, stick a label on the cord and the outlet so you know what you’re unplugging.
Make your workspace comfortable
Whether you need a whole room because you work from home or just need to steal some space to create a dedicated work area to organise finances, a home office should look as good as the rest of the house. It needs to be comfortable, inviting and efficient.
Desks in disguise
A cabinet or sideboard with shelves that slide out may make the perfect desk.
Mounted shelves above the desk are perfect for holding magazines, books as well as stationery. A thrifty idea is to cover any strong boxes you come across, such as shoeboxes, making them fit to be displayed.
Creating a filing system
Tackle the existing paperwork first by de-cluttering, archiving and then streamlining. Once you’re not bogged down by backlog, dealing with incoming mail should be smooth sailing.
Don’t underestimate the contribution lighting makes to work space. The combination of an adjustable desk task lamp on one side of the desk with a floor light on the other side works well as they complement each other. If you prefer to use just one light, make it the desk lamp but choose a design that puts the bottom of the lampshade at just below eye level.
One solution is to create a box as you would a sewing box. In fact, an actual sewing box works well as you can use the compartments for paper clips, drawing pins, staples and elastic bands. Or use pretty little boxes or glass jars to achieve the same effect. Pens, pencils, brushes, scissors and rulers can be attractive in their own right if you pop them into containers and group them together.