Decluttering the Home Office: A Simple Plan


While some people may be able to work in a mess, most of us need things clean in order to work. That’s why it’s so important to have a clean home office!

Our home office is more than just where my husband works from home on occasion; it’s also where I work (and write), where we store important paperwork, and where my kids do homework after school. So it quickly becomes quite messy!

So let’s talk about decluttering and keeping the office clean – but let’s do it quickly.

Clear the Clutter

Papers get everywhere. I get it. Our office is the exact same way. So grab the extra papers first. File the papers that you have to keep – or better yet, take pictures of them and store them digitally. Then, throw away the accumulated papers and junk that don’t need keeping.

Oh, and if you want to go even faster? Make sure you bring in a dedicated garbage can or trash bag. It’ll make cleanup even faster.

Dishes keep managing to find their way to our office, too. Go ahead and stack those up on the desk for now. We’ll take them to the kitchen in a bit.

Tidy the “Stuff”

Knick-knacks, awards, things you mean to get to, and all sorts of other things accumulate on your desk. At least, they do if it’s anything like mine! Tidy them up – or put them in a box to put away.

I like to have a “to-put-away” box handy – ideally one for each area that has a lot of stuff.

So as I clean out the office, I keep one box of toys. These toys have all “migrated” from the playroom, so they need to get put away where they go. But it’s faster if I do that at the end, so I’ll just throw toys in the box for now.

Once everything is tidied, take the boxes of stuff (or that pile of dishes) to the room they actually belong in. We won’t put them away yet – that’s a task for another time. But at least everything is back in the room it’s supposed to be in – and OUT of the office!

Tame the Dust Bunnies

Next, let’s dust things at least a little bit. Dust bunnies seem particularly drawn to the office, so let’s evict those suckers.

Once everything is dusted, then focus on sweeping up the floor. Because some of the dust bunnies (and a whole lot of paper that’s trash!) tried escaping to the floor. So let’s cut off their retreat.

Now that all of the trash is picked up, it’s time to take out the trash and call it good. Because now the office is tidy – and it’s time to do something else. Preferably something that involves eating and chocolate. Or tacos.

Kimberly C. Starr

I'm a ginger who loves reading, eating, being a nurse, spending time with my family, and writing about it all. I believe humor is the best medicine, followed very closely by chocolate and tacos. To read more about me, click here.

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