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Desk Clutter Be Gone! 4 Easy Ways to Organize a Desk
Home & Garden
Organizing your desk, whether at home or at work, doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. All you need is a little motivation and time to rearrange, revamp and restructure. Try these easy ways to get your desk organized for good.
1. Remove All Unnecessary Office Supplies
Thinking of running out and buying organizing tools and equipment that will cost you an arm and a leg? Stop! You might not need it. To determine whether or not you even need pricey organizing furniture, you first need to eliminate all of the junk from your desk. Sort through files, folders, pens, pencils, highlighters, calculators, paper, sticky notes, and everything else, and then ask yourself if you really need it. For example, if you come across five different highlighters that you know you never use, keep two and trash the rest.
2. Get Rid of Paper Clutter
Sort through all of your files and see if there’s anything you can recycle. Use web and mobile app Shoeboxed to manage all of your receipts. All you have to do is snap a photo of the receipt and upload it to the app. That way, you have access to a digital copy right from your phone, so no need to waste space storing paper receipts.
3. Eliminate Distractions
Although they can be visually appealing, non-office items, such as potted plants, greeting cards, and framed pictures, can distract you from your work and take up space that could be used for other things. Rather than creating a busy, chaotic desk with these distractions, think vertically: Use the wall space or shelving around you for these items so they are still close by and visible but out of the way.
4. Consolidate Your Paperwork
Organize the paper documents that you do need by each project your working on. From there, categorize your projects into three different sections: (1) What you need to do now, (2) what you have coming up, and (3) what you need to work on later. That way, you’ll have your priorities organized and categorized at all times so your paperwork will never get out of control.