Whether you work in an office or at home, a cluttered workspace is a nightmare. It negatively affects your overall performance and productivity.
With clutter everywhere, you lose focus, get easily distracted, and you are unable to process information. The clutter competes for your attention, disrupts your workflow and gives you visual stress—all of which makes it hard for you to accomplish tasks at hand.
Meanwhile, a clean and organized workspace is nice to look at and can have positive effects and benefits to you and the way you work.
It boosts your management, productivity and confidence level towards work. It also reflects your work ethics and professionalism.
To be able to free yourself from distractions and work better, maybe it’s time to clean, declutter and organize your workspace.
Learning and keeping your desk organized can lead to great work results and make you feel good about yourself and your job.
Here, we’ve listed some tips to maintain a clean and organized desk.
Identify the things you are commonly using.
Make a list of the all the things you commonly use. In knowing the commonly used items, set a timeframe like one or two weeks. At the end of the timeline, you have probably identified the things you need regularly and those that need to go in the drawers or in the trash.
Clear out your desk.
If you have the time, purge your workspace. It is easier to organize your desk if nothing’s on it. Remove everything from your desk, drawers, filing system, and cabinets and work your way from there. Decide what should be kept and what should be thrown out.
Keep “cleaning your desk” on your to-do list.
Make a regular reminder to clean out your desk. Setting a schedule for this means you are prepared for it and it will not interfere with your workflow.
Clean your space.
You may have cleared your desk of the clutter, but something is still amiss. By cleaning, we mean wiping down all surfaces, brushing off the dust on your keyboard, washing your seat cushion, etc.
Sort your items.
Once you’ve cleared out your desk, it’s time to organize your items according to what stays and what goes. Make sure you keep only those that help in your daily tasks and those that have a purpose. For those that need to be thrown out, maybe you can donate them instead of ending up in junkyards.
It’s easier to find things when they are appropriately labeled. With labels, you won’t need to waste time looking for the item you need.
Return the items after using them.
Remember to put the things back where you found them. This way, you know where to find them when you need them. This helps keep you organized and clutter-free.
Throw away the unnecessary items.
After cleaning out your workspace, you end up with junk that needs to go. Once you’ve sifted through which items can be donated and thrown away, put them in boxes according to recyclables and non-recyclables. This way, it would be easier for you to dispose of them.
If you’re in Sacramento and need help in disposing of your junk, we at Junk King can help you. We’ll help you keep your workspace clean and clutter-free so you can do more with your time. Check out this list of items we take.