I’m sure you’re guilty of it too (I mean, aren’t we all?): papers scattered on the desk, sticky notes left, right, and center, and coffee mugs upon coffee mugs…
Yes, in the past, I have totally left my office in this kind of state. Between the hustle and bustle, I managed to let my working space go out of hand.
Now, things have changed.
Over the years, I’ve learned some tricks in keeping things neat, tidy, and in its place. Here’s how:
7 Ways to Stay Organized in the Office
Boxes, Baskets, and Storage, Oh My!
There’s nothing I like more than having storage solutions. Once I found boxes and baskets that fit my workspace, I noticed more order within my workspace. I like to label boxes so that I know exactly what goes on them. Boxes are easy to stack, so it’s a breeze in keeping them looking clean and sharp.
Rather than letting your mess accumulate, I strongly recommend that you set one day to do a haul and clean-up. If you do this on a weekly basis, you’ll find your office looking consistently organized. Not to mention, it’s easier to tidy up smaller messes than huge ones.
Leave No Room for Non-Office Stuff
Especially when you work from home, it’s so incredibly easy to create clutter with non-work items. Keep it strict: remind your family that your office is meant for work. Toys, food, and anything else must be kept out.
Not only are floating shelves aesthetically pleasing, but they can be a real space-saver. Home offices tend to be on the smaller side so floating shelves can be a great help. The shelves can hold smaller items like pen holders and journals. They’ll help in eliminating clutter in your drawers, on your desk, etc.
File and Archive Electronically
Take a look at your paperwork and see what could be archived electronically. Since most of our correspondence is via email these days, you could do without the extra, physical files.
Trash Can and Recycling Bin
Believe it or not, something as simple as a trash can and recycling bin can help keep the mess out of your office. They’ll encourage you to throw/recycle things right away, rather than allowing them to pile up in the corner.
Keep things to a minimum on your desk. I strive to keep my desk looking as bare as possible. It holds only the essentials: my computer, keyboard, mouse, and notebook. That’s it and that’s all.
How do you stay organized in the office? What tricks have helped you over time? Let’s talk about it in the comments below!