3 Tips to Declutter Your Desk
Decluttering is hugely important, especially when it’s a space that you’re using on a daily basis for work. When we see clutter, it can interrupt productivity and cause unnecessary stress. By acknowledging the clutter and coming up with a plan to keep it at bay, you’ll be able to work more effectively and in much more peace.
Read along for some best practices in decluttering your work desk.
Create a plan
Your decluttering plan doesn’t need to be time-consuming or involved! Simply decide what needs to stay, what needs to go, what can stay out, what needs to be filed, and so on. Create these categories on a sheet of paper and go through each item or category, one by one.
Invest in the right supplies
The next part of your plan will be to invest in the actual supplies! It’s very important that you do step one – organizing and planning – before purchasing your supplies. You won’t know what you need until you see what you already have.
This doesn’t need to be an extravagant investment, as typically a few space organizers, a solid system for success, and creative space-saving ideas are usually all you need.
Here are just a few ideas to get your home office on the path to decluttered:
Drawers are your friend: Utilize them to keep all small office supplies, such as paperclips, extra pens, rulers, etc. These are out of sight, which helps with stress levels. Seeing small items on your desk all the time is jarring, so keeping them safely away (and easily accessible!) is a two-fold win. You can purchase drawer and desk organizers starting around $5.
Start labeling: Labels are very helpful, especially if you have a lot of storage boxes and bins. Create labels that make sense to your filing and organizing system and stick with them. Use a font, color, and size that’s easily readable, and place the labels so they’re easy to read from the angle of the storage container.
Try scanning: If you don’t need to keep physical paperwork, try scanning. There are numerous machines that can scan for you, as well as offer you organization on your computer. This is very helpful for those stacks of business cards, receipts, old yet important papers and so on. The ultimate bonus is that scanning papers allows you to disregard them, freeing up space on your desk.
Keep it going
Once your plan is set and you have all the right supplies, be sure to keep things decluttered. It’s easy to fall back into your old routine, but it’s worth it to stay on top of your newly organized workspace.
Take a few minutes to add “decluttering” to your calendar right now. This can be done in 3-5 minutes per day, or you can choose to spend 15-20 minutes at the end of each week. Choose whatever option is doable for you and stick to it!
By creating a solid plan and systems, purchasing the right supplies, and staying on top of your cluttered desk, you’ll be well on your way to a more peaceful, efficient workday.