Marie Kondo is all the rage these days. Her Netflix series “Tidying Up” is one of the most popular shows on streaming services right now. On the show, she explains her KonMarie Method™ – a simple way to organize the home so that you’ll never have to do it again. But do you think this applies to office spaces, too? Today is National Clean Off Your Desk Day. This day is an opportunity to clean off your desk and get the new year off to a fresh, organized start! Here are some helpful tips to organize your own desk create a workspace where you feel productive and energized.
First, File Away (or Throw Away) Items and Papers That Are No Longer Needed.
You might want to silence your phone & put your computer to sleep to make this step as distraction-free as possible. Then you can rest assured that you probably won’t accidentally throw something away that you still need.
Then, Remove Everything Remaining From Your Desk & Set Aside.
Take everything off your desk and wipe down the surface with a damp cloth. Depending on the material of your desk, you may want to use glass cleaner, disinfecting wipes or wood cleaner. You can take this time to clean your computer monitor with the appropriate cloth, as well.
Next, Place the Used & Useful Items Back.
Gently clean each item as you place it back on your desk, from the tape dispenser to the keyboard and mouse. Place every item in a spot that works best for you, strategically. For example, are you left handed? Your journal would be much more convenient if placed somewhere around your left side!
And as you go along, consider each item that sits on your desk carefully. Ask yourself if it is truly essential to the surface of your desk. How often do you reach for it? Not that often? Maybe it can go into your file cabinet or desk drawers instead. Studies show that a well-designed desk with a clean, minimalist space can increase productivity and mental energy by up to 20 percent!
Now Add a Little Personality to Your Desk!
Make your desk a place you don’t mind sitting at for eight hours a day. Here are some easy ways to add a little flair:
- A framed photo of your favorite family, friends and pets.
- Framed inspirational quotes that keep you going through the day!
- Live plants or fresh flowers.
- Coordinating office supplies, from your tape dispenser to your file folders.
How do YOU keep your desk tidy and organized?