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Begin with a desk free of clutter, so starting a new task is easier. To maximize your workspace, consider an all-in-one machine. Rein in the electronics. Keep those unsightly cords under control by using zip ties, hook and loop tape, or covers that house multiple wires and cables.
Create separate files for personal and professional documents. Designate areas for each to either file, or store in labeled bins or boxes. Create a station for incoming and outgoing. This will help to keep track of the flow to and from the office. In the incoming bin, place bills, paperwork for filing, permission slips, etc. In the outgoing, place items that need to go out the next time you leave the house...outgoing mail, notes for school, etc. For storage, go up, rather than out. Keep frequently used items close at hand, while storing others within easy reach.