Desk Organizing Tips

If you spend a significant amount of time sitting at a desk, it is important to maintain a work space that is conducive to productivity and possibly even creativity. Clutter can easily interfere with both, as can not being able to quickly find or access the things you need when you need them.

No matter how you use your desk – for work, study or just updating your social media accounts – here are a few ways you can make using that space a less stressful and more efficient experience.

1. Declutter often.

Commit to decluttering your workspace at least once a week. It is also good to maintain a “clean as you go” routine to ensure that the stuff you need doesn’t wind up buried under stuff you don’t. Set aside a specific time to file or discard loose papers. Toss all the sticky notes (create contacts for relevant phone numbers first, of course).

2. Select appropriate and functional storage solutions.

Sometimes, the best way to organize the desk is to get as much off of it as possible. Select storage solutions that you can reach from your desk within a small radius. Consider every supply you use and store it according to priority: everyday items should be easiest to reach.

Along those lines, make sure that you have designated a place for everything and that everything stays (or returns to) its own place. The easier your storage solutions are to manage and access, the more apt you will be to actually use them.

3. Keep important objects within easy reach.

Don’t put yourself in the position of having to get up every time you need supplies. Keep the things you use most often – staplers, paper clips, your desk phone, pens, etc. – within arm’s reach and know what belongs on your desktop and what can be stored inside.

If you find yourself reaching inside a desk drawer for a specific item often, consider keeping it on the desktop. Those seconds wasted rifling through drawers for supplies add up over the course of weeks and months.

4. Maintain comfort and functionality.

Some work spaces are too static while others can become overrun with personal appointments. In this instance, balance is key. Make sure your desk isn’t overrun with ornaments or other distractions. A little personalization is always a good thing but remember that a little goes a long way. If your daughter is in high school it’s probably time to bring her Kindergarten portrait home.

Remember that if your work space looks too much like home it will affect your productivity. With that in mind, though, keep things personal enough that you can be comfortable being productive. You want your personal effects to inspire, not distract. That goes for you and the people who work with you and near you.

These are just a few suggestions that will help you stay organized at work. Keeping these things in mind will help you stay organized and productive. You might even inspire your co-workers to follow your lead!

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