Wondering how to organize your desk? Save time? Increase productivity? Here's exactly how to do it along with some awesome office desk organizer products!
Imagine your boss asks your for a very specific important piece of paper that was put on your desk a few weeks ago. You look at your desk with wide eyes, because it could be in any one of the towering piles occupying the surface. You frantically start searching while the other pressing duties you have are put on the back burner. The stress builds, you start looking faster and faster until ahhhhhhh!!!
Wouldn't you rather avoid this situation completely??? Wouldn't it be nice if you were able to find that piece of paper in two minutes or less and hand it to your boss as he is asking for it??
Desk organization is the solution to this problem as well as to many other high-stress office situations like it. The following tips on how to organize your desk will get you started.
Desk organization increases productivity. But where do you begin when it comes to refreshing your office?
The first step when trying to figure out how to organize your desk is to imagine your ideal workspace. How does it feel? What does it look like? What colors do you see?
Find one you like and print it out. Use it as your guide when refreshing your workspace.
Utilize the general organizing procedure of purge, sort and store, and apply it when organizing your desk.
• Start by emptying your desk of all its contents. This includes the desk top and drawers as well as underneath.
• Go through each item one by one, and decide if it is worth keeping.
• In order to make decisions for office supplies, ask yourself appropriate questions (Does it still work? How old is it? How many do I have?).
• As you make decisions, put the discards in their corresponding pile, bag or box - Recycle, Shred, Trash.
• Complete the purge by taking out the discards.
Now that you can see what and how much you have, separate your items
into categories (i.e. files, post-its & paper pads, writing
utensils, paper clips, binder clips, and so on).
• Take a damp cloth and some cleaning solution, and give your desk a good wipe down before returning the categorized items to it.
• The kind of desk you have determines how and where to store your categorized items.
• Let's say you have a home office corner desk with a few shallow drawers and a file drawer. Use the shallow drawers to hold your office supplies and the file drawer for your active (often referenced) files. Use some desk space for a office desk organizer to hold some office supplies, a file rack for the files you reference daily, and a paper tray for action items or incoming papers.
• Or let's say you have just a desk top with two shelves above it that run the length of the desk. Since you have no storage cabinets or drawers, utilize decorative but functional boxes to label and separate your office supplies.
• See the desk organization products suggested below and customize your solution to fit your storage situation.
• Take 5-10 minutes at the end of each day to put items in their proper places. This simple task will maintain your initial desk organization efforts.
• A few times a year, go through your desk and get rid of all unnecessary items. This keeps your work space current and ready for the constant cycle of paper and supplies going in and out.