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Welcome to day 19! Today our assignment is to clean our home office area (or wherever you keep your bills and paperwork).
We have only 2 days of cleaning left for the month! Whether your office is a corner in your bedroom or a corner in the bedroom, keeping paperwork and bills in order is essential.
When I have envelopes all over the place and unopened mail it can easily become overwhelming. It’s easy for me to simply ignore them for a few days and become disheartened about my family’s financial health.
Here’s 10 tips on how to clean your home office area:
- Start out by getting a large trash can, shredder, and recycle bin.
- Clear out your desk.
a. Return anything that doesn’t belong to another room(s).
b. Put paperwork, bills, & envelopes in a pile for sorting purposes later.
- Empty your desk drawers.
a. Add any paperwork or receipts to the sort pile.
b. Put like items together.
c. Return what doesn’t belong in the drawers to another room(s).
d. Toss broken or damaged items into the trash.
- Re-organize your desk drawers.
a. Use dividers or create dividers with supplies you have around the house. Shoe boxes are good idea. Check out these show box organizational ideas from Pinterest.
b. Put similar items together.
c. Limit drawer items to things you regularly use. Check out these great ideas for re-orgazing draws on Pinterest.
- Organize pens, pencils, highlighters, etc.
a. Grab a piece of paper. Doesn’t have to be new.
b. Test all pens, pencils, & highlighters.
c. Throw away any that don’t work anymore.
d. Use a cup or pencil holder to store them neatly on your desk.
- Sort through paperwork, bills, & envelopes
a. Separate and file anything that is essential for record keeping
b. Throw out anything that is no longer needed or expired. Except for BILLS!
c. Sort through bills and prepare them for payment. If you’re paying online make sure to check your budget, balance, and checkbook (if you still use one).
d. Recycle outdated business cards, letterheads, or junk mail.
e. Gather post it notes, flyers, or other notes. Add them to one master to do list on a separate sheet of paper or calendar. Check out these ideas for paperwork organization on Pinterest.
- Organize electrical cords.
- Organize cabinets or other storage areas.
- Clean and polish your desk.
- Dust shelves, sweep, and vacuum.
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Do you keep your home office neat and today? Do you need to give your home office a makeover? What does it look like today?