by admin | December 28, 2019 9:54 am
When you run a business from home, you seldom have the time to keep your home office neat and tidy. That’s because, like most self-employed people working from home, you are juggling your personal commitments with your work life. As a result, the area you dedicate as your ‘office’ can sometimes resemble the aftermath of a bomb site!
That’s why it makes sense to have a regular declutter session when things start to get out of control. So, when you have one such session, which items make the most sense to chuck out or recycle to reduce your home office clutter?
Even those that strive to have a paperless office will struggle to keep levels of unwanted (or forgotten) paper low. Over time, those few pieces of paper become piles, and eventually stacks of paper if left long enough! The first no-brainer thing to do is get rid of your unwanted paper.
The environmentally-friendly method is to recycle them, of course. For any paper that has sensitive information on it, you should first shred them. It goes without saying that recycling paper is an easy thing to do in whatever part of the country you live in.
When it comes to keeping paper records of things for tax purposes, you can free up much-needed space by storing it in self storage in Crawley, for example. Or, a storage facility near to where you live.
The thing about computer software is that it becomes obsolete after a short period of time. So, what should you do with those old CDs and DVDs that are hanging around your home office? Well, they are useful for repurposing in art and craft projects, so check if any local schools or craft groups have a need for them. Also, you can donate them to creative material reuse centres (often known as ‘scrap stores’) for people to use in their personal projects.
Sometimes you could even make some money by selling off your old software on websites like eBay or Gumtree, or with apps such as Shpock.
Every time you obtain a new piece of technology such as a printer or Internet router, you end up with an array of spare cables and wires. When that happens, your storage box of cabling soon begins to overflow.
Some people assume that it’s best keeping those cables and wires in case they get needed in the future. But, everyone knows that seldom happens and all you end up doing is wasting valuable space in your home. And creating an electrical eyesore in the corner of your home office room!
Again, you can donate those cables and wires to schools or creative reuse projects. If you have a large box of them, you can recycle them at your nearest civic recycling centre. It’s also possible to sell them as a ‘job lot’ online, but you may find that repurposing or recycling them is a better use of your time and effort.
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