Many businesses suffer from disorganization around offices, especially home offices where distractions are usually most prevalent. Paper piles up, work gets neglected and routine tasks don't always get carried out. Overwhelmed by so many daily responsibilities, most people have a difficult time staying ahead.
Author and professional organizer Cyndi Seidler suggests that a work environment that is clutter-free with a functional workspace helps individuals focus better. "Clutter interferes with an individual's sense of tranquility," says Seidler. "It disrupts the energy flows in the room that contribute to lethargy, procrastination and feelings of overwhelm. And, lack of organizing solutions will only generate more problems."
Since clutter isn’t the only thing that contributes to work woes, it is important to establish proper systems to help individuals function better in their work space and keep clutter from happening. A home office needs to have systems that provide “a flow” to the paper and things that find its place there. These systems lay the foundation for organization and, with proper organizing solutions, will enable a person to be more productive and make work easier.
According to the latest U.S. Census American Community Survey, there was an estimated 4.5 million people working at home in 2003, an increase of 1.1 million since 1990. In 2004, The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported that 20.7 million persons usually did some work at home as part of their primary job.
It is evident that home offices have become an integral part of our homes and, to function better, we must be better equipped to deal with work. The home office area requires certain elements for this: an ergonomic work space, proper storage, necessary equipment situated near by, and adequate lighting. But, it’s also in the accessorizing that allow a person to build the groundwork for organization: stacking tray baskets, vertical file holders, utensil containers, CD holders, and any other product that provides a place for work-related items. Seidler also recommends utilizing wall space for things like shelving, bulletin boards to post important notes, or wall-mounted file pockets.
Seidler offers these tips in organizing a home office:
• Clear out all paper clutter around the office.
• Use organizing tools (storage products, files, etc.) to store items that are on the loose on the desk, shelves, or cabinets.
• Organize your office space so that tools and equipment are within reach.
• Use computer software applications to organize your finance, contacts, and documents and information.
• Establish a good filing system so that documents can be easily stored and swiftly retrieved.
A new DVD “Get Organized with Cyndi Seidler” is coming out this summer and will be available at some of the major retail stores nationwide. For those who need a little extra help getting organized, this DVD is aimed to help individuals tackle clutter and implement some organizing solutions that establish a place for everything.
About HandyGirl Organizers
HandyGirl Organizers, an Los Angeles based company, was formed in 1994 by Cyndi Seidler to service individuals with organizing problems. HandyGirl Organizers delivers a full scope of organizing services for the home and office. Seidler's history enabled her company to provide the kind of knowledge and skills necessary to help people simply their life by managing it.
About Cyndi Seidler
"Organizer to the stars" Cyndi Seidler is an author, columnist and professional organizer. She's a frequent media guest, and has been helping individuals create organized lifestyles since 1994. Her methods have helped prominent celebrities such as Sinbad, Eric Roberts, Karen Black, Tisha Campbell, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Larina Adamson, Bobbi Billard, Billy Sheehan, and Spencer Davis get a grip on their hectic lifestyles.
Book Title: "A Manual for Professional Organizers" publisher, Banter Books, Quality Trade Paperback, 148 pages, ISBN 0-9705125-0-3. Available at bookstores and Amazon.com. Price $35.00.
Book Title: “Organize For Success” publisher, First Books Library, Quality Trade Paperback, 102 pages, ISBN 0759609888. Available at Amazon.com and Target stores.
DVD Title: “Get Organized with Cyndi Seidler (to be released Summer 2006).