Productivity in a home office can sometimes be a challenge, depending on how much space you have and where in the home your office is located. One step towards working more effectively is to streamline how you work and organize your space for maximum efficiency. Often, this starts with a thorough home office cleaning while you organize and relocate what you don’t need. Here are some things to keep in mind that will help you achieve your goals.

Get rid of paper.  Paper clutter can quickly get out of hand, which is why you should have a separate place for everything. Make it a point to handle everything only once, and keep a trash can and shredder handy so you can quickly get rid of items you don’t need.

Eliminate clutter. While having a few personal items on your desk can make your home office feel warm and inviting, they can quickly become distracting if there are too many. Save just one or two items to dress up your desk with and put the others away.

Tie up cables with strips of Velcro, zip ties or by routing them through cardboard tubes. Place a different colored dot on each one using nail polish or a paint pen so you can easily identify which cord goes to what electronic item.

Move furniture such as desks and filing cabinets so you can dust and vacuum behind them. Before putting everything back, dust your desktop, computer, printer and other surfaces. You should also wipe down chairs, the inside of your window sills, ceiling fans, etc.

Make a basket full of cleaning supplies and place them on a closet shelf where you can easily get to them when needed. That way, you won’t be tempted to put off home office cleaning chores because your supplies are somewhere else.

Finally, consider hiring a cleaning service to get the finer details of cleaning your office area, or your entire home. You may find that when the distraction of clutter and unfinished cleaning tasks are eliminated, you might be more productive and enjoy your working space more!

A professional home office cleaning can help you stay organized, and it can make a difference in the entire appearance of your home.