I work remotely. I have been for a while even pre-pandemic and travel to the city when needed. I am fortunate to have dedicated office space in my home (I think)? My wife gave me a little corner where I use my standing desk all day long. It’s nice, I made it all my own customized space, but for how long?
If you do not use a standing desk, I highly recommend it if you are able for health reasons & keeping energized during the day or night while working.
Working remotely, I do notice that my productivity improves with a space that is organized and a house that is clutter free. My family is in the process of clearing things out, by throwing it out, donating or selling it. It can be fun and rewarding.
But it seems all my stuff has been put in storage bins, needs to go and besides the little corner in the office the garage is all I have left.
Should I be concerned that now the garage is under review and the limited space that I can meditate and call my own is being invaded? My artwork, the black velvet Elvis’s picture with oak wood framing (hard to find) and possessions from my business travel are all under scrutiny?
I am trying to let go of things.
Working remotely and minimizing items in your house can help create a clutter-free environment and increase productivity. Here are some steps to help you achieve both goals:
- Set up a dedicated workspace: Designate a specific area in your home for work. It could be a separate room, a corner of a room, or even a folding desk. Make sure it’s comfortable and provides the necessary equipment and supplies.
- Declutter your workspace: Remove unnecessary items from your workspace. Keep only the essentials, such as your computer, monitor, keyboard, mouse, and other work-related equipment. Minimizing distractions and visual clutter can improve focus and efficiency.
- Digitize your documents: Reduce paper clutter by scanning important documents and storing them digitally. Use cloud-based services or document management systems to keep your files organized and easily accessible from anywhere.
- Embrace digital tools: Utilize online tools and applications to streamline your work processes. Use project management software, communication tools, and file-sharing platforms to collaborate with colleagues and clients effectively. This minimizes the need for physical paperwork and reduces the number of physical items in your workspace.
- Adopt a minimalist mindset: Review your belongings and consider whether each item serves a purpose or brings you joy. Donate, sell, or responsibly dispose of items that you no longer need or use. Embrace a minimalist lifestyle by purchasing only what you truly need and avoiding unnecessary clutter.
- Utilize storage solutions: If you have items that you don’t want to part with but don’t need on a daily basis, consider storing them in a separate location. Utilize storage containers, boxes, or off-site storage facilities to keep your home tidy and minimize the number of items in your immediate living space.
- Optimize digital storage: Organize your digital files and folders to avoid a cluttered computer desktop. Create a logical folder structure and regularly delete or archive files that are no longer needed. This will help you find documents quickly and efficiently.
- Implement a regular cleaning routine: Maintain a clean and organized workspace by dedicating time each week to declutter and clean. Wipe down surfaces, dust your equipment, and organize any loose cables. A tidy workspace promotes a clear mind and boosts productivity.
Remember, the key is to create an environment that supports focus and efficiency while eliminating unnecessary distractions. By combining remote work practices with a minimalist approach, you can work effectively and enjoy a clutter-free living space.
As I try to process the change that is happening in my own home, I am going to slowly let go of stuff (apparently my artwork is embarrassing even for the garage), but I am going to keep and stay with black velvet Elvis since some things mean a lot and can’t be replaced.
Hopefully I will not be next…
In the meantime, I will be in the garage. Thank you, thank you very much