If you’ve ever felt the sudden urge to meticulously organise your desk draws as a deadline approaches, you’ll understand how maintaining a neat and tidy workplace can boost your productivity and reduce distractions. While many organisations have a ‘clear desk policy’ for this very reason, if you’re working from home it can be tempting to regard your workspace as a private place, and quickly let things slide.
It doesn’t matter if your home office is a portion of a communal table, or a dedicated room. By making it a beautiful and well-organised spot, you’ll instantly boost the quality and efficiency of your work, and feel positive about facing the day.
Here’s how to take part:
Before and after shots of a home office clean and organise. CC Flickr, Mike McCune
No matter how useful each item you own may be, they become collectively useless if you’re drowning in stuff. By spending even a couple of minutes hunting for a pencil, you’re draining your energy before you’ve even started working.
Begin by going through your piles and getting rid of everything old, broken and unused. Make sure you’re only keeping one of everything you really need within easy reach, and either throw, donate, or store the rest elsewhere.
Trust that choosing one well-chosen, faithful tool - like this perfect mechanical pencil (with its own stand!) - will bring you more pleasure in the long term than a drawer full of old freebie pens.
Once you’ve narrowed down your favourite items, it’s time to make sure you can always find them. The simplest way to do this is to invest in some desk tidies and trays. If you’re feeling motivated, think about putting up a pin or magnetic board to keep notes off your desk, and clearly label and alphabetise your files.
Organising your space can be so satisfying that you may feel like you want to start getting the rest of your life in shape. A classic filofax is a reliable, user-friendly way to stay on top of your schedule, and adds a distinguished touch to any desk.
It’s not just about decluttering; it’s also about making the most of your surroundings. Take inspiration from Feng Shui - the ancient art of balance - to promote positive energy and a sense of calm.
Think about arranging your few, chosen items in a way that is both useful and aesthetically pleasing. Harmoniously designed items, like a sleek aluminium pen, make a stunning impact on a clear surface, and feel great to use.
Finally, add the finishing touches. You want your home office to be warm, personal and welcoming. Add a few choice knick-knacks and photos that make you feel happy, and remind you why you go to work in the first place.
Whatever your interests, you can find a way to add subtle, meaningful touches to your environment. Add some life to your desk with a pewter ink bottle in the shape of your favourite animal, or gift one to a friend who is also starting out on their home office journey.
Win this stylish Filofax Compact Zip Organiser in punchy pear green! The bag friendly size and zip closure make it ideal for keeping you organised whether in your home office or our an about. We'll even emboss it with the winners initials to make it truly personal!
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Our winner is Jodie from Penzance, UK
T's & C's Prize includes 1 x Filofax Saffiano Compact Zip Organiser - Pear embossed with the winner's initials and worldwide standard delivery. Entries need to be emailed to email@example.com. Entries provided by any other source (eg. on social media) will not be accepted. Competition closes Midday (GMT) Friday 22nd March 2019. Winner will be chosen by Pen Heaven as the photo that most highlights the best use of our hints & tips. Winner will be announced on Monday 25th March 2019. 1 entry per person. The prize is as stated, is not transferable and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The winner will be responsible for any expenses and arrangements not specifically included in the prize. All standard Pen Heaven terms and conditions apply.