I bet you’ve tried time and time again to spring clean and declutter your workspace, only to find out that by the end of the week…nothing has changed. The mess is right back where it started! Well! We have 5 fantastic tips to help you make your workspace clean and inviting.
Time to spring into action and start again:
Take everything off your desk and out of your drawers (especially the top draw which always seems to accumulate everything – ha! I just found a lipstick I thought I lost months ago!), and put them all in a box, and go back to work. When you need an item, like your stapler or a pen, put it back on the desk. At the end of the week, whatever is left in the box, you probably didn't need it!
Divide your workspace into designated areas:
Now that you worked out what you don’t need on your desk it’s time to ask yourself how do you want to use your workspace. What is your daily workflow and what do you need to make that happen efficiently? You need an area for your computer, a storage area for notes and paper, an organised draw with all your office supplies, and most importantly a nice little space for the most important item on your desk…your coffee cup – Check!
Keep what you need at arm’s length:
You don’t need to store all the office pens at your desk, do you? Rid your desk of any extra things that you don’t need. The essentials would be 2 pens, 2 pencils, a notepad, your phone, keyboard and mouse and maybe a photo of your puppy. The rest of the office supplies should go back into the stationery cupboard. The only stuff in the radius of your arms should be the stuff you need immediately.
There is nothing more distracting and debilitating than to come to work, open your emails and be swarmed with daily deals and freebies, newsletters that are not job-related or catalogues from your favourite e-store. Remove all subscriptions from your emails unless they are work-specific – digital declutter is just as stressful and energy-zapping as physical clutter – leave your shopping and trawling through catalogues or dinner recipes for home or for your lunch break.
Spring clean the germs:
Even if you're neat, you still need to prevent the build-up of germs, dust, dirt, food stains and fingerprints. Regularly wipe everything down with disinfecting wipes and clean your desk, phone, keyboard and monitor, once a week would be perfect. A clean office is a productive office!
This is it! The beginning of a new you. Make the most of it and get some spring in your step, spring into action and spring clean your desk!