How do you feel when you look at your workspace? If it makes you feel uneasy or distracted, it might be time to do some cleaning! Whether you’re working remotely or in an office, here are some helpful steps to freshen up your space.
Throw out the junk. This is a great time to declutter. Look at your desk and evaluate which items are really necessary for you to perform your job. Determine whether you use items every day or only occasionally. Items that you rarely use can be tucked away in drawers or cabinets. Go through any paper files and discard anything you no longer need. Test pens and throw away the ones that don’t work. Last but not least, dispose of any trash.
Clean your area. After deciding which items should stay or leave your desk, remove everything and clean it thoroughly – disinfecting wipes work great for small areas. Dust and wipe down everything, including your phone, computer monitors, mouse, and keyboard. Compressed air comes in handy when getting all the dirt (and crumbs) out of your keyboard, so keep a can close by. After everything is clean, add essential items back to your desk.
Organize everything. Are you using your space efficiently? Start by placing any remaining paper files in designated folders. If you work in a cubicle, using wall-mounted file holders are especially helpful when trying to free up space. Consider using a desktop organizer for items like pens, paperclips, and other small accessories. Create segmented areas in your drawers for certain items. Don’t forget underneath your desk! Loose cords can cause a lot of clutter. Try tying them up with cable ties or buy a cord organizer.
Clear your virtual desk. Cleaning your computer desktop and inbox can help free up time and lower stress. If you have a ton of unnecessary icons on your desktop, it may be time to move or delete them. Reevaluate where digital files should be stored and categorize them. You can also reboot your email inbox. Be sure to unsubscribe from mailing lists that no longer serve you and trash all junk mail.