Have you ever asked yourself HOW your desk at work or in your home office gets so messy? Or wondered about what tools are out there to help declutter your workspace and get organized? As someone who shuffles through a lot of paperwork on a daily basis, I certainly have! And when your office is considered a “working showroom” for clients to visually see products that you offer, there’s a lot of extra pressure to keep it tidy.

Decluttering your home is a popular topic that has recently extended to our workspaces. Some studies show that a cluttered desk is a sign of a creative person, but a disorganized desk is also known to decrease productivity. Similar to what multitasking does to your brain, clutter in your surroundings can have a negative impact on your ability to focus and process information. It also leads to more stress, with a study performed by UCLA researchers showing that stress hormones spiked among participants when they were dealing with their belongings.[i]

Decluttering and organizing your out-of-control desk can seem overwhelming, but here are some simple ideas to help get you get started.

Get paperwork under control:

Make use of trays within your workstation to organize paperwork and keep important papers right at your fingertips. For example, “In/Out” trays, a “To be filed” tray, etc.

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Invest in a filing cabinet system that will help you stay organized and keep papers out of sight. This attractive option from Haworth is mobile and also doubles as seating.

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If possible, reduce the amount of paper you have altogether by saving files digitally.

Go wireless:

Use tools like monitor arms to open up your desk space.

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Get a table with a trough that hides wires, power outlets, and other items.

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Use a wireless keyboard and mouse to reduce the number of wires visually taking up space.

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Use organizational accessories:

Drawer inserts can be used to separate and organize items, stow electronics you don’t want out in the open at the office, and open up your worksurface area.

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For items you need right at your fingertips, get small accessories like these that hang on your workstation walls and don’t take up space on your desk.

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Cleaning your cluttered desk may seem like a big task, but fortunately, there are plenty of tips, tricks, and tools that make it easy to get organized and stay organized. Make it a point to tidy up at the end of the day and you’ll come into the office the next morning with a clear desk and clear mind. For more information about the products in this post, please contact us! We’d love to help you choose organizational tools specific to your needs.

Sources:

[i] http://thenextweb.com/entrepreneur/2013/11/27/clutter-affects-productivity-can/#gref

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