How to

5 days to an organised home office

Get to work on your home office with these simple and practical daily tasks

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Day 1

Throw away old documents you don’t need – tax-related documents and supporting financial statements need to be kept for seven tax years; general bank documents for one year.

Day 2

Change to the ‘receive by email’ option many utility companies now offer for receiving statements, documents and bills. That way, you can file everyday paperwork in online folders.

Day 3

Establish a workflow to deal with incoming mail: a tray for documents to action, a filing cabinet with labelled tabs for documents you’ve dealt with, and a recycling bin for binable paper.

Day 4

Put away electrical items you don’t use regularly, opt for wireless devices where possible, and gather remaining cables together with cable ties, velcro strips or clever concealment products.

Day 5

Cull excess art and craft supplies. Sort remaining items by type, and store them in baskets, bins, boxes, and even fishing tackle boxes. Store close to where the actual activity will take place.


Compiled by: Shelley Ferguson. Photography by: Tony Amos & Maree Homer/