It’s the start of 2016, and now is a great time to reflect on the past year and make resolutions for the year ahead. If keeping your workspace uncluttered is on your to-do list, then take a look at this list that will make your work a little easier.
Organize in chunks. If your workspace is a mess then trying to clean it all at once will just frustrate you and set you up for failure. Instead, take it one area at a time. Spend 10 minutes a day or less tidying up one aspect of your work area and you’ll be able to get it all done stress-free in no time.
Keep your desk cleared off. The only items that should be on your desktop are your computer, your phone, and essentials that you use on a daily basis or that you are currently using regularly for a specific project. Adding décor to your space can be a great way to bring a touch of home to work, so consider hanging photos on your cubicle walls or investing in a magnet photo frame to hang on a metal cabinet.
Keep desktop accessories in one small area. You will probably want to keep some pens, business cards and other daily accessories on top of your desk too, which is certainly acceptable. To minimize clutter, try keeping all of these items confined to one space, perhaps with the use of a stylish tray.
Organize papers in folders and files. Although offices are becoming more and more paperless with each passing year, most companies aren’t completely digital yet. Rather than letting paperwork and meeting notes pile up on top of your desk, sort them into a designated folder or file immediately. Filing cabinets are available in a huge assortment of sizes and styles from top brands like Sandusky and Hirsch, so you have plenty of options from which to choose.
Keep your personal belongings out of sight. The addition of a wardrobe cabinet can be an excellent investment. Storing your winter coat, purse and other personal belongings in a wardrobe like the ones in the Sandusky modular storage system will help you stay focused and organized.
Throw away what you don’t need. Why keep paperwork you’ll never look at again? Throw away anything you don’t need to keep around. Being a packrat will make staying organized much more difficult!
Sort out your drawers. Shoving all of your odds and ends into drawers haphazardly isn’t the same as organizing your workspace. Not only should the visible parts of your desk be cleared and cleaned, but so should the insides of all of your drawers. Every item should have its rightful place, so take care to make a designated spot for even the smallest supplies, and keep them in an easy-to-find spot that you’ll be able to get to in a flash.
Unclutter your email. That’s right, the physical space around you shouldn’t be the only thing you keep organized. Having a messy inbox can be just as stressful or even more so. Create a to-do folder and set up alerts that remind you to get them done. Go through your inbox once a month or so to delete any old emails that don’t need to be saved.
Keeping your workspace clean and well-organized will allow you to stay on task and productive in the new year. The easy part is starting the process, but the hard part is sticking to it all year long!