Clear That Clutter!

July 18, 2014 | Elle

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When was the last time you saw the top of your desk? If your boss happens to ask you for that receipt, which you're pretty sure you put right there, under those files just next to that stack of you begin to start panicking? If so, you may be exhibiting the early signs of what I consider to be an illness: clutter! But there is no need to panic because I can guarantee that you are not the only one who's been afflicted and congratulations, there is a cure!

Some say that working in clutter is a sign of an indecisive mind, while others will defend that messy surroundings bring on creativity. One thing I know for sure, is that once clutter starts affecting your productivity at work, there is definitely a problem. This is the best way to steer clear of this happening:

  1. Deal with any paperwork immediately (file or recycle paper as soon as you're done with it!)                 
  2. Create a space for everything (Don't be afraid to use the drawers and filing cabinets that come with your desk and if not, office supplies can be found at almost any price point. Hint: Back to School sales are always the best time for this type of shopping!)                                                   
  3. Have a trash or recycling bin nearby (the easier it is to get rid of things, the more likely you will.)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  4. Designate a cleaning day (once a week sort through anything left lying around and tidy your workspace.)

Well-known professional organizer, Alejandra Costello, has a nine-part video series on organizing your office space. Check out part one.

Canadian Living magazine has an online article with some tips and tricks: "10 Simple Ways to Get Organized at Work".

The library also has great resources on office organizing as well:

Organizing Your Office and Your Life   The Office Clutter Cure Clutter-Proof Your Business

Happy tidying!