Clearing out an office, whether it’s your home or business office, can seem like a tremendous effort. There can be a lot of clutter, and dealing with it just seems like too much. You may not have the big interest to discuss the mess because you’re somehow attached to what’s in the room, are running out of time and don’t want to make choices about your stuff. But whatever the reason, if you know it’s time to declutter your office, but you don’t know where to start, you could get started in no time if you keep the right things in mind.
Deal with it in an organized approach.
Remember not to just go straight into reorganizing your office. You need to think about what you’re going to do before you do it. So start off by thinking about the tasks you need to get done, from clearing off desks to moving furniture around.
Identify exactly what you use.
By now, you’ve probably heard of organizational expert Marie Kondo, author of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.”
Hers is KonMari’s strategy: first, look at everything you own, and ask yourself if it sparks joy — and if it doesn’t, throw it out. Second, once your most joy-giving items remain, place them in a spot that’s visible and easy-to-access.
TOSS and DELETE – One of the best ways to declutter and get organized in your work space is to free it from needless paper and email. You need to trash both paper copies and items you don’t need piling up on your desk and digital file that are just taking up space on your computer or in your email inbox.
Clean off your desk.
To keep that positive, productive feeling alive, make sure your desk is clean at the end of every day. Designate a single desktop bin for in-process projects—like a bill that needs to be paid, or a greeting card that needs to go out—thinking of it as a physical “to-do” list. Flip through at least once a week to stay on top of your most urgent tasks.
- By cleaning your desk off at the end of each workday, you are sure that you’ll come into a clean and usable workplace the next day.
- Designate one day per week or month to really clean your desk thoroughly, depending on how quickly it gets messy or disorganized.
“If your cords and cables are a nightmare, it’s time to order an inexpensive organizing system for the home office,” explains Basher. Or you can go the DIY route and simply tie them together with zip or twist ties.
Make clutter maintenance second nature, treat your desk as you would your home.
The most important feature of good office design is functionality. Put items in a designated location, and don’t use flat surfaces for storage; instead, opt for drawers and trays.
Marty Basher, a home organizing expert asks : “Do you have to move things out of the way before you can sit down and work? Are there so many papers on your desk that they’re spilling onto the floor? Do you need to contact a search and rescue team to find whatever it is you’re looking for? You can have the most attractive, up-to-date office design available and still not be able to accomplish what you need to do unless you organize your office.”
Sell or Recycle
Make some moolah by selling old electronics, including desktops, laptops, and printers, on a site like Gazelle, says money-saving expert Andrea Woroch. And if you have old ink cartridges lying around, recycle them at Staples office supply store to earn rewards.