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Office organization is your ticket to a home office that works for you!

office organizationOffice organization clears your desk and your mind. Photo: Getty Images

Messy desks plague most home office - for those of you who are able to confine office type mess to the office. People with no time to tidy up, who end up spending more time looking for things then actually being productive.

When you consider that all this mess is affecting productivity it is time to make a change.

Taking back your workspace isn't easy. The home office often becomes a place to dump boxes of outgrown baby clothes, ancient computer parts and even random junk that's lying around when company is on their way over. Here are a few tips to help you feel good in your workspace.

Once you've decided how the room will be used, only keep relevant things there.
Find another place for old baby clothes. If your house is really short on space and you need to use the office, find a way to separate storage area from work area. This could be as simple as a hanging curtain, or confining Rubbermaid bins to the closet. This will keep your workspace as a dedicated area even if the room is serving two purposes.

File papers right away.
File papers as soon as they come into the house; it's far less work than filing a huge pile at once (and even less work than looking for something come tax time!). If you find that files get too messy, you might like to use binders instead. Keep a three hole punch handy and put important papers in a binder as they come in. These are easy to flip through when you need to find something later. Organize them neatly on a shelf with labels facing outward.

Don't be afraid to throw things out.
Most of us keep papers way too long. Not necessarily because we think we need them, but because they once got filed and forgotten. Go through your papers and get rid of old things giving yourself a fresh start.

Add some style
Add a little personality to your work space. Maybe this could be the room where you allow posters or prints that you like but wouldn't dare display in the living room (dogs playing poker anyone?).

Does your home office have a desk that's covered with files and piles of paper? What you need are some office organization tips that work. In the following video, a professional organizer provides smart tips for keeping the clutter under control. On her to-do list:

-- Assign everything a "home" so it's easier to make sure each item stays where it belongs.
-- Never let books sit on your desk because their home should be in your bookcase.
-- Keep a shredder or recycle bin handy at all times so you don't accumulate papers on your desk.
-- Use a napkin holder or vintage toast rack to separate your incoming mail so it doesn't end up tossed about.

Watch the video for lots more tips from a pro on office organization.

In the following video, a professional organizer recommends clever office organization tactics we'd never even thought of, like transforming a closet in or near the office into a bookcase or file cabinet. You can close the doors to keep clutter out of sight and out of mind. Here's how it's done.

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