We all know the benefits of having a clean and organized workspace.
Having more room to work, not to mention more visual space, can help you go about your day more efficiently—and stress less! Fewer items mean less clutter. A more open space helps you think clearly, allows you to spend less time searching for things, and of course, enables you to be as productive as possible.
While an office that stays organized may seem like a lofty goal, a well-organized space isn’t limited to the realm of design websites or glossy magazines. The truth is that a tidy and well-designed office can be yours today!
With this in mind, here’s a look at some tips for taming the clutter, and carving out a peaceful and purposeful space in your office.
Clear It Out
Often, the best approach is to clear everything out. Empty the space you are working with and move it all out. Then, add in those things that you really need. For everything else, ask yourself, “Do I love it? Is it special? Does it make my life better?” If the answer is no, then don’t bring it back into your office. Instead, consider finding a new home for it, donating it, or throwing it away. Doing this is an easy way to eliminate clutter while giving you a fresh, clean slate to work with.
Next, take stock of what you have. Do you have enough filing space? Folders? Bins? If you don’t have the right tools, then it’ll be a lot more difficult to get organized! Note what you have and create a list of what you need; then get the tools that you need to be organized.
Give Everything a Home
“A place for everything, and everything in its place.” It may sound overly simplistic, but having an assigned location for everything makes a world of difference when it comes to having an organized workspace. For items that you use more frequently, try to keep them within arm’s reach. For less frequently used items, put them away in the cabinet or a drawer.
Some people find it helpful to organize by category. Doing this can help your space to instantly become more functional. Here’s a look at some categories that you could create:
- Tools (cutters, scissors, hole punch)
- Budgeting (calculator, checkbooks, bill schedule)
- Writing Supplies (pens, pencils)
- Mail (envelopes, stamps)
This is especially useful if you spend a lot of time tackling varying tasks in your workspace.
Get Rid of the Sticky Notes
We all like a good reminder. Often, though, these reminders come in the form of sticky notes—all over. The problem with sticky notes is that they can get lost and forgotten easily, and quickly create a cluttered and disorganized room. Instead of filling the office with notes, consider jotting things down in a planner. By writing it all down in one central location, you’ll ensure that nothing’s forgotten and eliminate useless clutter as well.
Create a Paper System
Finally, once you have your office organized, you’ll want to keep it that way! Instead of allowing papers to pile up, consider assigning one place for incoming mail, then have another basket or slot where you can place papers that require more attention. You’ll also want to get a filing system that makes sense to you whether that is by color or category or alphabetical!
Get to work on organizing your space today—and transform your office into a space that you enjoy being, somewhere that you can function at your absolute best.