Step Into Our Office

July 9, 2010 at 2:57 pm 5 comments

Whether used for social networking, “working from home”, studying, surfing, paying bills, or filing, home office spaces are essential. Furthermore, almost everyone in the Western world (except Cheryl and perhaps a few Mennonites) have some form of electronic computing space in their home.   This relatively new yet ubiquitous phenomenon is having an impact on our perceived and fading division of home and work space.  They’re merging.  And we have some rules around how this should look.

  • Carved out – Keep a consistent space like a desk or entire room or den

  • Wireless –  Hide ‘em.  It looks less space-age, cluttered, and overwhelming 

 Unplugging unnecessary wires saves money, power and reduces radiation exposure. Beware of energy vampires!

  • Paperless – File important documents.  Everything should have a home.  The thought of someone desperately searching for a passport an hour before take-off makes us physically ill.  If possible, use your computer to house important information vs. a filing cabinet, drawer, or pile on top of the fridge (just remember to back up this information!).  Have bills sent electronically. This will automatically reduce your incoming mail and allow you to organize your budget/bill payments on your computer. Editing your office will help you edit your wallet. Also, invest in a paper shredder (it can help prevent identity theft and reduces paper clutter).



  • Clean – Keep your electronic equipment in the best shape possible, as you should with every other space in your home office. While you’re at it, don’t forget to de-clutter your computer desktop and its inner workings.


  • Minimize – No need for home office spaces to mirror a cubicle.  Avoid name tags, knickknacks, or fluffy balls with googley-eyes.

It’s also unnecessary to hang onto a million pens, thumbtacks, paper clips, and bottles of corrector fluid just for the sake of having them.  If you’re not using said items – discard!  If you stole them from an actual corporate office – take them back! (Unless they fired you, laid you off, or made you participate in an “Amazing Race” inspired group-building activity in scorching hot weather.)

Neat Ideas:

Create your own green bulletin board

Use a chalkboard, or chalkboard paint

Create multifunctional wall units

Milton's working from home now


Entry filed under: Decluttering, Editing, Financial Organization, Home Office Organization, Home Organization, Storage Solutions. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , .

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Zoe  |  July 9, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Timely…we’re overhauling our office space. Great ideas on using the wall space more functionally. Thanks !

  • 2. Step Into Our Conscience «  |  July 29, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    […] here for tips to dispose of electronic […]

  • 3. Kathrin  |  September 6, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Hi, I really like the chalkboard wall idea. This is a fantastic page with lots of great tips! Well done Beth!

    • 4. Edit My Closet  |  September 6, 2010 at 2:58 pm

      Hi Kathrin,

      Thanks for the support. A big shout out to everyone in Switzerland and appreciate you checking out our site!


  • 5. Step Into Our Cubicle «  |  December 10, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    […] tackled the home office but many of us actually spend the majority of our waking and working hours in corporate spaces […]


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