Half way through the year, I usually go through my home and tidy my organization systems. I don’t know about you, but my home office can always use a little attention. Whether your home office is an entire room or just a spot on the kitchen counter, these tips will help you get it organized and will make it function so much better!
1// Implement a system for paying bills
To help me remember what bills need to be paid each month, I made a checklist that stays in my mini kitchen office with all my paper bills. I created a list of all the bills we pay and listed all the pertinent information I use to pay that bill. Not only will this help me remember every bill I need to pay, it holds all the login and password information I need to access the online accounts. Because that struggle is real. You can grab my printable bill payment system on Etsy!
2// Organize your digital photos
I periodically dump all my photos from my phone or camera onto my home computer. For me, once I have around 200 pictures on my phone I know it’s time for a photo dump! I set up a folder system that makes it easy to transfer pictures and to access them later when I want a certain photo. For example, I might sort this month’s photos in these folders:
- Summer 2017: I have one folder for each season. This is for any picture of a family gathering, date night, holiday, birthday or anything else that “happens” during the season
- Cats: Everyone has a giant folder with pictures of their cats, right? 🙂
- Niece and Nephews: Each of our siblings have a folder labeled with their kids’ names. I love having a place to store the pics that are texted to me!
3// Tame that email monster
Nothing makes me twitch like an inbox with hundreds of unopened emails. I have a post with three simple tips to help you control the email monster – check it out if your inbox makes you twitch! 🙂 Tip #1 on that list is to create an email address just for “junk” mail. It doesn’t cost anything and it makes life so much easier!
I have one more tip that I shared in the video below. You can watch the whole thing to hear me discuss tips 1-3 in a little more detail, but skip to the 7 minute mark if you just want to hear tip #4!