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How to keep your Home Office Organized

As a freelance writer, it is safe to say that you work from home. Sure, I know a few freelancers who have “outside” offices but this is not very common. One thing I have found to be true over the years is that you must keep your home office organized if you are going to achieve long term success. If you are worried about this you are not alone. Just like most people I have a difficult staying organized. Fortunately, there are some tips that have helped me in this area over the years.

1. Give yourself space. With a big enough office you will always have room to store anything and everything that has to do with your career. It is much better to put things away than to leave them out in the open. Do you have a closet in your home office? How about filing cabinets or other furniture with drawers? No matter what it may be, try to put away items that you will not be using on a regular basis.

2. Don’t be a pack rat. This is a problem that I have suffered from for many years. Simply put, I hate throwing anything away. In the back of my mind, I always think that I will need to use the item again in the future. Of course, this is very rarely the case. Take it from me – don’t become a pack rat.

3. If you take it out, put it away. How many times have you taken out a file, worked on it, and set it on your desk instead of back in your filing cabinet? This happens to me time and time again. While I am getting better at putting things away, this is still an issue that plagues me.

These three tips should help you keep your home office better organized.

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