organizing my home office

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One of the things I have been scheduling into my week this year is organization.

I love being organized.

It saves time, energy and resources to be able to easily use what can be found!

organizing my home office My home office has been in the process of being organized for…several YEARS.

The system I have been using remains the same, but now that it is finished it looks better and is more accessible.

In my online life, I run three separate companies.  Each company is organized in a different color:  green, orange and red.

These file boxes {from Container Store} have hanging files for the current year:

  • Bank
  • Payroll
  • Contracts
  • Legal
  • Tax

I also have folders on my computer for each to contain files that don’t need to be printed.  The other thing I do is to use online services to reduce printing.  Sites like EchoSign allow forms to be filled out, signed and stored online reducing the need for printer ink.  Sharing documents with others through Google Docs and Evernote keep everything accessible sans paper.

old files Each year {after tax preparation}, I clean out the file boxes and archive the files in an appropriately colored box.

These boxes take up less space, yet are accessible if I need to refer back to something.

products to blog about My biggest challenge is handling the mail and products that come into the house and don’t magically appear in alphabetical order in my file boxes.

For the products, I have a box in one of my cabinets that can hold bulkier items that need attention on one of my blogs.  If you took a peek right now, you would see some crazy as seen on TV crap that is in June Cleaver Nirvana’s future.

my desk

For the mail, I have three color coded magazine holders next to my computer. I use these as in boxes to each company. Once they get to capacity, I open the file boxes and organize things in there.

There are still piles here and there…I have a tendency to pile.

BUT overall, things are organized and color makes me happy.

Getting organized has helped me manage my home office resources {and our family resources} more efficiently. I find myself using things we already own vs. buying something new. There is an increased level of awareness of the hassle factor associated with bringing in a new item:

  • Where am I going to put it?
  • How much does it cost?
  • Do I really need it?

Often there is a paperless online solution to my office clutter.

It is something I want to pass on to my kids. A thoughtfulness about things. An awareness about the impact of things.

Tell me how you can create a smarter life and better planet, and encourage positive change for generations to come.

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Holly About Holly

Kids Activities Blog is Holly's blogging home.

She is the mom of three boys ages 7, 10 and 12 who partially homeschools. She believes that you shouldn't have to buy stuff to have fun when there is a kitchen junk drawer full of possibilities.

She can also be found at Business 2 Blogger, on Twitter as @QuirkyMommaSite or @Texasholly, but her favorite place to hang out is on Google +.

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