The days when many mothers had no choice but to go back to work after they had a baby are long gone. From publishing books on Amazon to blogging or becoming a virtual assistant, there are many options out there to still bring in money and be able to stay home with your children at the same time. However, many work-at-home moms don’t realize that productivity can reach an all-time low when the baby won’t sleep, office clutter is building up, and work is getting behind.
With that in mind, read on below for a few ways to declutter your home office to boost productivity and maximize your time while the baby is sleeping.
Get Rid of Those Wires Trailing Everywhere
There is nothing quite as unmotivating than a home office that has cords draped everywhere from one side of the office to the other. The first thing you need to do is bundle the cords neatly with either tape or zip ties and hide the outlets that seem to be everywhere. You can also invest in going wireless for the things you can and purchase a hideaway outlet for your office for the rest. This way the outlets can be hidden when not in use, and you also eliminate the tripping hazard and chance of spilling that mug of coffee all over your desk.
Get Rid of Old Books
While for most people this is a hard thing to do, if you haven’t read the book in five years, then it’s probably time for it to go. If the bookshelves in your office are so full the books are spilling out onto the floor, then it’s probably time to get rid of some of them. You don’t have to throw them away, instead donate them so that other avid readers can enjoy them as well.
Clean Off Your Desk
Productivity is at its lowest when your desk is snowed under with papers, pens, and work that is yet to be completed. To increase that productivity and give you the motivation to move forward, clean the top of your desk off on a weekly basis. Consider this as an ongoing task to put on your physical to-do list and you will be surprised at how much better you feel.
Purchase Organizational Tools that Fit Your Style
As you declutter your desk, you will probably find that you need folders, shelves, and other organizational tools as well. This is the perfect time to make your home office your own. Instead of drab and ordinary organizational tools, try finding tools that fit your personality and style. It’s a whole lot more fun to work in an office that reflects who you are, don’t you think?
These are just a few of the top ways to declutter your home office to increase your productivity as a work-at-home mom. Try them and you will soon see that decluttering is the perfect solution.