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10 Tips to Cut the Clutter From Your Workspace

Aug 4, 2008
Where can you find month-old company reports, fifteen dried up pens, fast food wrappers and a dead plant all in one place? If you answered "my desk," then you may be in need of a workspace makeover.

Whether found at home or in the office, the clutter on your desk is no help to your productivity, and it can be an eyesore for all those around you. Plus, with all those papers on your desk, how do you expect to quickly find the information you need? A cluttered work area can slow you down and dampen your spirits by making you feel claustrophobic. Try these organizational tips to clip away the clutter found where you work.

1. Put time aside to take care of the clutter. This could be a day, a week or an hour depending on the size of your pile. The key here is to commit to cleaning rather than putting it off till another day.

2. Keep a wastebasket near or under your desk. Use this to your advantage by doing daily tiding of your workspace. Throw away or recycle all scrap paper, dead pens, or other useless items left on your desk the day before. You can make this process easier for yourself by constantly separating papers into ones to keep and ones to trash.

3. Use bins and folders to keep documents and office supplies in one area. Be careful when filing papers. Don't give in to the temptation to make a miscellaneous folder! If you create one of these, all your papers will end up there and your filing system will be rendered useless.

4. Keep all your frequently accessed documents within reach. Having these handy not only will make you more efficient, but it will help you figure out which papers do NOT need to be on your desk.

5. Another something to keep handy is active projects. Put these in the front of your file folder or in a bin on your desk. Also, file away finished projects to create more space.

6. Always use labels for your folders and bins. Make each go farther by putting down scotch tape before placing a label on something. This will make it easier to remove the label in the future so you can reuse the item without tearing apart the label area.

7. Look for office wall units that allow you to hang folders, bins and shelves on your wall. This will give you more storage area without taking up space on your desk.

8. Bind the cords under your desk with plastic tubing or ties. This will make it less likely for you to catch your feet on them throughout the day.

9. Keep your computer organized as well by putting old files on external drives, thus cleaning up your desktop and documents.

10. Don't store extra supplies such as printer paper, extra pens, and paper clips on your desk. Store these away in a file cabinet or bin underneath your desk.

By implementing these clutter control tips in your workspace, you can begin to tackle your mess. Having your workspace clean will show others your commitment to your job as well as look pleasant to passersbys. With a clean work area you will feel like you have more room to move, thus opening your mind and allowing you to get more work done and put you in higher spirits. Finally, you'll be able to find the things you need quickly, which also will improve your work performance. Just remember to stay committed to your clutter-free lifestyle or you will find yourself back where you started in a mess of workspace clutter. Keep with these tips and you will find yourself in a clutter free workspace with a happier you!
About the Author
Melissa Mashtonio writes for Manta.com, the go-to site for researching company profiles. The site (http://www.manta.com) offers free research on more than 45 million companies in the United States, Canada, Australia and the U.K.
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