Dear Claudia:

When I started my business two years ago, I was super organized with all my office work. Now I just have piles of paperwork and I make excuses for not keeping it neat. I would like to develop a system to help me be more organized.


I can actually relate to your question and I am sure there are many other people who can, too. As my business was growing I did not have time to keep up with the paperwork and I didn't have an adequate system to store everything. As the paperwork keeps piling up it is very frustrating. After many hours of organizing and buying the proper storage units it is finally organized.

To start organizing your office you also have to organize your business. You need the adequate office furniture and a computer that is the information technology, which is the center of the office. Effective file management creates a home for the files and organizes the paperwork, it will make your office more efficient and clutter free and it saves you time because you won't be searching for misplaced items. With an office that is organized you can accomplish more and your time management will be more effective.

Plan for success in a business and have the tools to be organized, no matter how much time and money you need to get started. It is important to have a well designed office that is also functional to help your business succeed.

Dear Claudia:

I have an office system that helps me keep my business organized. I just would like to make the office space more functional.


To plan for success in a business you need to have an office that is functional to work at its potential. Many times we get so used to the same routine that we do not learn what is available or explore new ways of doing things that will improve our business.

It is necessary to keep adapting or changing the furniture, the filing system, the computer, the décor, the lighting, anything that will make your business more productive. It might require investing time and money, such as taking a computer class or buying new office furniture that is more functional. It is well worth it!

It is important that your office space is decorated to your liking since feeling good in your workspace will also help to improve your business. Make sure that your business furniture has the adequate space necessary for filing and storing all your business matters.

Claudia Dabdoub is a resident of Ahwatukee Foothills and owner of D'amore Interior Design Studio. To ask a question for an upcoming column, reach her at (480) 751-9938 or


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