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Most believers in the phrase that cleanliness is next to godliness know organization runs a close third.

Being organized is one of those things that can take different forms for everyone. Just as no two small businesses are the same, the people behind those businesses run them with a unique set of goals, values and practices.

In this fast-paced, hard-working world, a few minutes spent organizing can save hours of time in the long run.

“Organization isn’t about perfection it’s about efficiency, reducing stress and clutter, saving time and money and improving your overall quality of life,” said author and professional organizer Christina Scalise.

From the owner of a local landscaping company to an investment banker with the corner office in a high rise downtown, everyone has different needs in a home office setting. Yet despite the job description, a common thread weaves together the ultimate recipe for success and productivity: organization.

The benefits of being organized as a small business owner are tenfold. Much like the shared entrepreneurial inability to simply leave “work at work,” the need to be organized doesn’t stop the minute you leave the office.

We’ve pooled our resources to come up with some time-saving, creative solutions to help you stay focused while working from home.

Find new purpose for old things. The design of the space will differ based on personal preferences, but there are plenty of options to see to it the space is one that harbors creative thinking and problem solving. Sure, there are folks out there who prefer the basic file cabinets and storage bins and shelves from Office Depot. But there are also ways to express your unique sense of style in organization as well. Consider reusing old book covers to craft a concealed storage, re-purpose a shoe box into a decorated docking station for devices or save those toilet paper or paper towel rolls to create a home for pens, markers and pencils.

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Clear the clutter. Research conducted by the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute supports the concept that clutter can negatively impact your ability to focus and process information. As a result, clearing clutter from your walls and desk may help clear the clutter from your mind as well. If your office space has walls that permit such things, consider utilizing wall space for shelves to keep the workspace clear of binders, files or other documents. Adding a variety of heights for shelving on the desk helps maintain the aesthetics while simultaneously keeping the surface clear of unnecessary items.Find new purpose for old things. The design of the space will differ based on personal preferences, but there are plenty of options to see to it the space is one that harbors creative thinking and problem solving. Sure, there are folks out there who prefer the basic file cabinets and storage bins and shelves from Office Depot. But there are also ways to express your unique sense of style in organization as well. Consider reusing old book covers to craft a concealed storage, re-purpose a shoe box into a decorated docking station for devices or save those toilet paper or paper towel rolls to create a home for pens, markers and pencils.

Play with storage vessels. From stowing a home printer away in a fashionable bin to using creative vessels, organization knows no bounds when it comes to storage. A spice rack makes a spectacular place for odds and ends like binder clips and extra staples. Or consider crafting a tower of mason jars for a clear and easily accessed place for pens and paper clips. Whatever you chose to do, make it a system that integrates into what works best for you to be most efficient.

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Make it your own. A home office should provide a space that you feel both comfortable and inspired. Even without artsy skills, it is incredibly simple to transform your home office into an efficient yet inspiring place to work. Give that beloved file cabinet a facelift with a coat of chalkboard paint (anyone can paint, right?) that can become a canvas for notes, doodles or anything your heart desires. And who says an office chair can only come in basic colors like black, tan and grey? Not when there are resources and tutorials online to take that chair from drab to fab to fit anyone’s fashion sense.

The moral of the story here is simple. We know your time is about as valuable an asset as you have as a small business owner.

Yet sometimes it is the smallest changes that can have a profound impact on your productivity, and ultimately on your business.

Resource Links:

  • For home inspired designs – http://thinkhom.com/
  • Research supporting organization benefits – http://pni.princeton.edu/
  • For redesign ideas – http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/
  • How to keep your home clean (including office organization!) – http://www.cleanmama.net/
  • Redo your office chair – http://www.amotherthing.com/2016/03/my-20-office-chair-makeover/