One of the first rules when it comes to organizing your work space to increase productivity is to make the space as inviting and multipurpose as possible. A person will naturally work better in a pleasant environment and can be more productive if they have everything they need right at their fingertips.
All the elements of your work area should be fully functional, and if possible, they should be able to do double duty. For example, instead of having a printer, scanner and fax machine, consider getting the Hewlett Packard 3050A Wireless All-in-One Color Photo Printer, which does all three jobs as one, and even acts as a digital photo printer. If the printer is wireless, that can give you even more flexibility when it comes to organizing your home office.
If you still sit down with a pen and checkbook to pay a lot of bills, consider banking online and using personal finance software and checks that will go in the printer in order to pay all of your bills. Also think about having stamps, envelopes and return address labels organized in a small mailing station for you or your assistant (such as your spouse or the kids!) to be able to mail out your correspondence regularly.
The secret to an organized home is to put like with like and put the item you are using back in the same place when you are finished with it. You may not be able to get everyone in your house to cooperate, but at least assigning the spot can help it make its way back there in the end.
You should have more than one of any office essentials, one for your home office, and one for the rest of the house. Do not let them leave the room. If need be, label them OFFICE ONLY so that you can help remind people that you need to work and therefore need to have all of your important tools at your disposal.
It can be difficult to balance the needs of working at home with living in the home, especially if you are working as a freelancer, but a little organization can go a long way to encouraging you to procrastinate less and work more. A clutter-free environment with everything at your fingertips can help you become far more productive, and enjoy your work more as a result.