Hate looking at a file cabinet in your home? I know I do, makes me feel like I’m at the day job. So, I store files in half size banker boxes in a closet. I only need to access the files occasionally so I store them out of sight until needed. I also keep the paper chase to a minimum; bank statements, tax documents and credit card statements are all stored electronically (caveat…you must have and be diligent about using an excellent backup system in case your hard drive crashes).
If you eat at your desk while working, use a plastic placemat. Makes crumb cleanup a breeze which will mean a cleaner workspace and will keep the unwanted critters away. (My ex co-workers/IT gurus at IntrapriseTechKnowlogies turned me onto the placemat method and I’ve had a clean, crumb free desk ever since.)
Plastic desk accessories from the office supply store are a turn off for me, especially when I need to work a really long day. I’d rather surround myself with inspiring or special objects whether I’m at home writing or working the day job. At home, I use a glass skull tealight holder to hold pens and a blue and white vintage china jewelry box to hold cables, flash drives and other small items. At the day job, my landing spot for my phone and sunglasses is a gorgeous floral shaped bowl and a silver wine holder holds my sharpies.
If you work with numbers at all, make the time and put forth the effort to learn as much as you can on excel. You could take a class at EdVenture (the former Vitech), learn via an online course or read one of the many wonderful excel guides on the market. The time spent learning will be paid back tenfold in the efficiency gained. Excel can also come in handy for other tasks including managing event guest lists, simple floor plans or even for outlining the plot and chapters of a writing project.
Organize your computer files by setting up folders on your hard drive. Set up a career folder for your resume, completed job applications and references. Keep drafts and notes for creative projects in another folder. A financial folder, recipes…whatever your needs are. For blog photos, I create folders by topic or by post and file accordingly.