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This gloomy winter won't be here much longer. Soon, the smell of fresh cut grass and flowers will flow through your home as you open the windows and let the outdoors in. While it may seem like there's no end to the snowy season, there's one way to lift your spirits and get ready for sunnier days: Refresh your living spaces and plan your spring cleaning now! Putting every room off to the last minute means spending more time inside organizing when you could be outside enjoying the nice weather.

One often disorganized place you can get a head start on is the home office. Not only will the rearrangement and cleanse make for a more appealing workplace – it will also help destress and declutter your mind for better productivity in the future, according to U.S. News & World Report.

There's no need to sit on your spring cleaning any longer. Start by organizing your home office today with these tips:

Remove unnecessary items
Take a tip from expert organizer Marie Kondo: Go through all of the items in your home office and get rid of anything that doesn't "spark joy" or serve a purpose in this workspace. This area should set you up for success, not be full of distractions. Remove children's toys, games, the television set and excess clutter that's keeping you from being your most productive here.

Consider a design scheme that encourages organization and productivity
Designing your home office in a way that promotes work output and management will set you up for success. As mentioned earlier, minimize distractions. Following a neutral color scheme, or perhaps one that's monochromatic, can help you focus your energy into your work. A desk that fits just what you need to complete your job – and doesn't allow for unnecessary clutter – can benefit you as well. To keep the ground space free and reduce your chances of disorganization, consider a hanging storage system. Floating shelves can make a stylish, yet functional statement in the home office.

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Invest in a filing system
If you don't have a filing cabinet of some sort, now's the perfect time to invest. It's tax season, so you likely have a lot of excess papers that need to be put in an organized space. Take this time to go through the papers and get rid of information that's no longer necessary, expert organizer Holly Bohn said.

"When preparing your taxes, clean out old financial information,"  Bohn told Country Living magazine. "Rather than stuffing more papers into your file cabinet, or keeping items you may not need, find out exactly what you should and should not keep—shred the rest."

As you can see, organizing your home office takes more than removing the excess papers and other items taking up your space. It's also about using the right tools and organization systems to ensure the clutter doesn't happen again in the future. If you need a little assistance getting your workspace in order for spring, contact a personal decorator from Decorating Den Interiors. He or she will come to your home for a free consultation and discuss some of the storage and shelving unit options based on your personal wants and needs for the space. From there, you can map out the best system to ensure style, productivity and all around togetherness for your home office.

Don't wait until the last minute to start your spring cleaning. Call a design consultant from Decorating Den Interiors today to learn more about how you can jumpstart the process today!

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