Does your desk feel disorganized and cluttered? A desk, whether it is in a home or place of business, can be a real clutter magnet. If you don’t get a workspace organized and under control, you’ll experience a loss of productivity and likely lose money or business opportunities. With papers, recycling, post it notes, calendars, cameras, receipts, books and office supplies all in a mess in a small area, there is bound to be frustration. But, with a little bit of effort and organization, you can reclaim your workspace!
Five Steps to a Decluttered Desk
Clear off Your Desk: Don’t get caught up in getting it perfectly organized just yet. First, start by clearing the desk completely of all paper and clutter. This will inspire you to see how it would feel to have a completely clutter-free desk!
Identify Specific Clutter-Causing Items: Do you have papers, pens, calendars, bills, mail or office supplies all over the desk? Go step by step, problem by problem, and create a home for each item you’ve identified. Purchase a paper organizer that uses up only a small amount of space on the desk, or designate a specific drawer with a drawer divider for your office supplies. Group together your pens in a cup on the side, with a separate cup for highlighters and other writing utensils. Group similar items together so that they make logical sense for you to quickly find them when you need them.
Take Time to Observe How You Work: When you need to throw something away, is the trash can in easy reach? Or is it so far away that you set your trash aside on the desk to deal with later? Do you have a recycling bin handy? Do you find yourself needing to charge your phone, but have no charger close-by? Do you always have to scramble for a notepad and pen when you need to jot down a quick note during a phone call? What about bills, do you you know where to put them when you bring the mail in? Make a list of what you find inconvenient or what contributes to your desk clutter as you work or go about your day, and find a solution for each.
Post a Calendar & Bulletin Board to the Wall: You will feel much more organized and productive with your schedule and to-do lists visible at a glance either on the wall or in a notebook.
Never Leave Your Desk Messy at the End of the Day: Take care of clutter and put away the day’s paperwork before you go to bed. Set up a “to file” box on or near your desk so even if you aren’t able to get papers completely organized at the end of the day you have a designated place for them to wait. You will be much more inspired the next day to start your work when you know you have a clear desk.
What are some of your desk or office organization challenges?