5 Steps To De-cluttering And Organizing Your Work Space

Steps To A Clutter-Free Work Space

Does your workspace look like a tornado hit it? Reports are on one corner of your desk, and spread across the keyboard is the current work; you know you have an appointment coming up, but you can't find your calendar under the mess. It seems you may need to learn how to organize your work area!

Having an organized work area can do more for you than make your desktop look better. Being organized can help you be more productive and reduce the amount of stress you feel when you get to work, during the day, and when you leave for home. Organizing your desk may take more time than you have available during your workday.

Ask your boss if you can come in on your own time to clean and organize your desk - they'll appreciate your desire. After all, organizing your work area benefits them as well as you. Are you ready to organize your working area? Read on to get some tips on how to organize your working area.

1Take Everything Out Of Your Desk

Remove everything from the top of your desk and out of the drawers. Of course, you can leave large items such as your computer or printer where they are. Everything else should be put into boxes. Then, wipe down the entire surface of your desk and inside each drawer. This will prevent your files from getting dusty.

2Sort Reports And Supplies

Sort through the items you removed from your desk and drawers. If you have unnecessary duplicates of reports or files, then recycle them. Are there items you still need? Keep those items and set them aside until later. Group items together, such as office supplies, filing materials, documents to be filed, reference materials, and desk accessories.

3Properly File Your Paperwork

Paper trays are often used in most offices. Vertical files are another option if you have quite a bit of paperwork. Establish a tickler file for various activities you perform regularly - To Read, To File, To Pay, To Do, and others.

4Place Items Back Into Suitable Spots

Put things back into place after you've gone through them and purged what isn't needed. Put back only the items you need at your desk. You'll want supplies you frequently use to remain within reach so that those items will take precedence on your desk. You can put the unnecessary files away or on the bottom drawers.

The old saying goes, "a place for everything and everything in its place." Decide where each item goes and then leave it there unless you're actively using it. If you've noticed something that will help you become more organized, don't be afraid to ask your boss to pay for it. In the long run, your increased productivity will more than pay for the item.

5Rearrange If Necessary

If you're in the middle of a big project and it's taking up much-needed space, don't be afraid to remove an item and then put it right back when you're finished with the project. Remember that your goal is to have an organized desk. This doesn't mean it has to be cleared off, but you do want to have space so you can function.

After you have your desk organized, do what you can to keep it clean. Decide what you're going to do with each item placed on your desk. Use the tickler file if you have paper, or write important dates on your calendar instead of setting things aside to deal with later. It can be so easy to keep your desk clear once you've learned how to organize your working area and put things back in their home when you're done with them. Take the last five minutes of your day to straighten your desk, and it will hopefully stay that way from here on out.

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Jackie Wing

Jackie Wing is an Alaska native, who enjoys snowboarding more than is probably socially acceptable. She lives in Anchorage with her two dogs Reese and Peanut, or as she likes to call them "Thing 1" and "Thing 2."