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7 Easy Steps to a Clutter Free Office You Will Love

Do you hate to sit at your desk because it looks like a tornado has been there? Do you feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start to bring some order to your office? Well you are in the right place! Here are 7 easy steps to a clutter free office you will love! 

According to Inc.com, where you work affects how you work. If you are working in a cluttered environment chances are it is having a negative effect on you and your work.  But not to fear, you don’t have to be stuck in an office environment that is bringing you down. There is hope and it is easy to do. So, let’s get started!

Here are 7 Easy Steps to a Clutter Free Office You Will Love:

1. Purge

You may be at a point where you are saying “where in the world do it start”. Really any corner will do. To start purging pick up each piece of paper, binders, books, etc. and decide right then if it is something to file, keep or trash. Items that are not used on a regular basis, or are not necessary to keep, should go directly in the trash or recycle bin. Papers that need to be filed or scanned go in a paper tray specifically designated as the filing tray.

Binders, books and any other items that need to be kept can be put neatly on a shelf that has been selected for those items. It is important to get them off your desk if possible.

Work supplies such as: stapler, paperclips, scissors, all those miscellaneous materials used on a regular basis, should go neatly in a drawer.

2. Paper trays 

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Put only two on your desk. One is for the new papers/mail that have not looked at. The second tray is for items that have been looked at and it has been determined that they need to be kept. In your weekly maintenance ritual, you will file or scan those papers.

3. Create two specific areas

On your desk there should be two specific work areas. The first area is where the computer monitor is placed on your desk. The second area is the document area. This is where you read, write or refer in any way to documents. This is not a space to pile things. Keep it delegated for only those items that you are currently working on.

4. Keep a “To Do” list

If Possible get ALL the tasks you need to do on your daily calendar. It will de-clutter your brain. Getting it all down on paper or in your organizing app allows you to feel more in control and not so overwhelmed.

5. Utilize vertical space

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Making good use of vertical space is especially important in a small office. Stack shelves or storage bins/pockets can help alleviate overcrowding and will contribute to keeping your desk clear. These become designated areas for folders, binders, books, etc.

 6. Use a display board

We all have post-it notes with a phone number or a postcard announcing an upcoming event that we want to keep. Placing them on a display board will do two things. It keeps them in sight for easy reference, and as the designated space for these types of items, it helps to reduce clutter.

7. Weekly clean up

This is perhaps the most important step of all! Scheduling, on your To Do list, a few minutes of clean- up each week will keep your office tidy and in control.

There you have it, 7 easy steps to keep a clutter free office you will love!

The 7 steps are not complicated and shouldn’t cost much.  Pick a day to start by putting it on your To-Do list.  And in no time you will have a clutter -free office you will love!

If you don’t have time to tackle your office project or still can’t quite visualize the big picture, Align It All is here to help. We Can When You Can’t, is our tagline.  We are experienced in helping people get their homes and offices in order.  Contact us to see how we can be of assistance.  Call 734-417-3824 or email dianb@alignitall.com .

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