Workspaces are a magnet for clutter. Luckily, there are many quick fixes available for tidying up your desk–and keeping it clean! We know that you’re busy meeting the demands of your job, so we devised cleaning strategies that you can execute in next-to-no time.
It’s time to say goodbye to your messy, poorly organized desk. Discover how to declutter your corporate life with this easy tutorial on maintaining a spotless workspace.
1. Schedule a Weekly Cleaning
Let’s be real with each other. If we don’t schedule a specific time to tidy up and declutter our desks, we probably won’t do it. That’s just human nature!
So, set a weekly alarm in your computer calendar and mentally commit to cleaning that day. Even in the busiest of work weeks, you still have 5 to 10 minutes to spare!
2. Get a Pen Cup and Other Organizers
Without a pen cup and other desk organizers, you’re pretty much guaranteed a messy workspace. Ideally, you should have organizers to hold all your smaller items like writing utensils, erasers, scissors, paper clips, and other office supplies.
Furthermore, if you already have a pen cup, it’s also important to occasionally test your pens, markers, and mechanical pencils, and then toss the ones that don’t work.
3. Digitize Your Bills
Minimize paper buildup on your desk by transferring all your bills to digital. It’s better for the environment, plus you can signup for email reminders, so you remember to pay them on time. Win-win!
4. Recycle Old Papers
On a related note to tip #3, if you have piles of paper on your desk, you need to sort through them and recycle the old, unneeded ones. After all, paper is one of the main clutter culprits in workspaces.
5. Untangle Your Cables
Make the effort to untangle your workspace’s cables when you notice they have become unruly. When you have a desktop computer, extension cords, and a printer all plugged into the same small area, you’re bound to run into tangles. It’s just a fact!
6. Grow the Storage Area
If you’ve fully decluttered your workspace and you still have too much stuff, it’s time to consider growing your storage area. Installing shelves behind your desk is a great way to maximize usable space, while creating a modern, sophisticated aesthetic, or consider getting a storage unit if you can’t make any more space. Just promise us you’ll keep this additional area clutter-free!
7. Tidy Up Your Desktop
Now that your desk is sparklingly clean, why not pay some attention to your computer’s desktop? If it’s a mess of icons and folders, take some time to delete unneeded files, sort through folders, and create a streamlined organizational system. For instance, don’t keep anything on your desktop that you aren’t clicking on repeatedly throughout the day.
And voilà, welcome to your new-and-improved workspace! We hope that having a clean, functional, and decluttered desk helps you reach new heights of productivity. If you have any additional suggestions on how to declutter office spaces, drop us a line.