Organization and efficiency are essential when working from home, but this is sometimes easier said than done. With a good desk organization system, you can prioritize items that need to get done, increase your productivity and lower your overall stress levels. Follow the tips below to organize your desk for a happier, healthier you.
Clear Your Desk
This part is easy – get everything you don’t need to do your job out of your office. You may want to move archives and old papers to a designated storage area, but your desk and the space where you do the majority of your work should be as clean as possible and house only the items you need on a regular basis.
Put Everything You Need Within Reach
If you frequently need pens, papers, clips and more, keep them within arms distance. You should also keep any essential paperwork within a close storage system or filing system on top of your desk. If you have to get papers out of your filing cabinet several times a day, place the cabinet close at hand so you don’t have to get up and walk across the room.
Label and Color Code
Invest in a good labeler that creates adhesive labels. These labels can be used on file folders, desk drawers, and organizer trays so that you can find everything you need at a glance. Color-coding can also be a useful tactic when organizing various documents. Keep it chic by using colors that don’t clash with your room (try gold, black and pink!).
If loose paper is a major source of clutter around your desk, scan what you can into the computer and store it digitally. Photos and pictures are a great place to start since these take up a lot of space in physical form but relatively little on the computer.
File folders can be one of your best friends when it comes to desk organization. While most of your filed papers should be stored in a cabinet or bins, you can also get a cute, small desktop rack to organize files you are currently working on. If you want to add a touch of style to this desktop rack, spray paint it gold or pastel!
Sort Incoming Items
Organize items as soon as they come in rather than letting them linger on your desktop. Putting new papers or files in the correct place only takes a few seconds, but sorting through an accumulated mess can take much longer.
Have Daily and Weekly Cleaning Tasks
Keep your desk organized by doing a few minutes of cleaning every day rather than a major cleaning every few weeks. At the end of your workday, put everything back where it goes. Once a week, go through your most important drawers or files and make sure everything is in place.
Do you have any additional tips for keeping your desk organized?