Lesley learns a few ways to organize your home office quickly and easily.
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How to Get Your Home Office Clutter Free Rhiannon Ally: We’re all so busy these days and who doesn’t have papers filing up all over the place. And that can really make it impossible to find anything. So Lesley met up with one expert who has some home office tips for us in this week’s Get Organized. Lesley Nagy: I’m here with organization expert Erica Ecker and she is here to show us how to get our home offices clutter-free and I can see you don’t have any papers here so that’s a good sign already. Erica Ecker: Well, this office was piled high with paper just moments ago. First we go crowd all the paper to one spot, figure it out what was trash, what was treasure, organize the treasure, ditch the trash and with this particular office we ended up keeping a whole little pile of things right in this napkin organizer from container store and it kind of keeps a quantity of space to a minimum so the pile can’t really grow this way and it doesn’t become a surface for more piles to grow. Lesley Nagy: What is this for? Erica Ecker: This is the timer. When you have a dreaded task that you have been procrastinating for oodles and noodles of days, this, set it for 15 minutes and plough through your procrastinated task, the buzzer will go off, you know it’s done. It kind of pushes you, it’s your own internal coach. Then over here, another main thing to have in everybody’s home office is a headset. This lets you do a little bit of multitasking. I’m not the biggest fan of multitasking. This little adaptor lets you adapt it to your cell phone. So you’re set for kind of handsfree working. Lesley Nagy: As I say, I’m always on my cell phone so that’s a good one. Why did you put it on this? Erica Ecker: Well, it’s ergonomically correct. You’ll see here is the keyboard so that pulls out and your arms are at the right level, your neck and your eyes are at the right level and then this little thing we put it on sliders on the bottoms so she could slide it around her desk when she’s not using it. It has a free clear space to work here and then slide it back. Lesley Nagy: Now big thing I think is cords, I mean how do you keep cords organized? Erica Ecker: One of my favorite things is a cable tie. I’ll pull one out of this drawer right here and these are very inexpensive and you just tie up your cords like that, you can cut it off when you need to change it and then another thing you can do for cord which is really fun if you’re a girl. Lesley Nagy: A hair tie. Erica Ecker: Are these hair clips. So they just clip right on and they keep your cord’s core out. Lesley Nagy: I like all your labels here. This is a great file. Erica Ecker: This file so that she can quickly access things on a daily, weekly basis. These are really, really hot files that she’s in all the time. So when she’s sitting here she can quickly just turn here and grab stuff, things that are colder and archival, they’re not here, they’re not near in this area, they’re back in a closet, basement, attic somewhere away from the desk. Lesley Nagy: Then why is the little file separate? Erica Ecker: This one is just for billing statements, credit card receipts. Lesley Nagy: When you go to people’s home, what’s the biggest problem that you see? Erica Ecker: Absolutely paper. People having too much paper -- Lesley Nagy: We all have too much paper Erica Ecker: Yeah and people shove it in shopping bags and they don’t go through the filing cabinets in 10 years and the mail is filed up for three months and it’s totally overwhelming, it’s completely understandable. The trick is you got to start making some decisions and that’s what’s so great about the timer, it can help you kind of set decision making for 20 minutes take a breath, go and get a cup of coffee, come back, deal with the paper. Lesley Nagy: So the timer is the jam here. Erica Ecker: The timer is the jam. Lesley Nagy: Thank you so much for your tips. Erica Ecker: My pleasure. Lesley Nagy: And for