For a person to do his job properly, he needs to be comfortable in the working environment. The ideal office is a room with sufficient lighting and is organized. An individual can perform and deliver his best if everything needed is within reach and can be easily seen; this is not going to be possible if there is clutter. This is especially true if the workspaces in an office are shared by two people. Imagine clutter times two on the desks.
What’s more, the workspaces would be tight, too. Hence, time and effort are needed in order to bring the rooms into order. That can be done by decluttering the rooms. The first step to decluttering the office workspaces is to let go of both desks and instead of getting two person desks. A 2-person desk is space-saving. In addition, since two people will be sharing one desk, each one would make sure to keep his clutter to a minimum. Thus, overly cluttered workspaces are eliminated.
So how do you go about decluttering and organizing workspaces?
Learn How to Say Goodbye
It is sad whenever people bid farewell not only to other people but also to possessions that hold some memories. It is hard to say goodbye to things that you have formed an attachment to for some sentimental value. However, if you are not using these things anymore, there is no reason for you to keep them. These things add up to the clutter in your office and these things are even better off given to other people.
To let go of these possessions easily and meaningfully, find people who can find a use for them. Donate these to charities or make money out of them by selling them online or through a garage sale. Decluttering must also come with a change in buying behavior; don’t buy in excess of what you actually need.
Start With Your Desk
In an office, the desk is the space, which is most frequently used. The desk is the spot where everything is done, all the paperwork and such; thus, it is essential to de-clutter it first. Start by emptying all of the drawers in the desk and then start the organizing; do not just put the things back.
To inject system, use organizers, and labels. Put office supplies in easy to reach organizers. After putting everything in their proper drawers, clear the desk. Only frequently used items like pens and pencil holder, in-out folder holder for documents that need to be worked on, and a picture frame or two of the people that inspire you must be left on the desk.
Clean the Rest Of the Office
After the desk is cleaned, it is already easy to de-clutter the rest of the office. Organize the coffee table and try to provide your office with a magazine holder. If you have extra files cabinet, organize it again either alphabetically or numerically, it is your choice. Check your files; find out how these are arranged.
It is important to categorize files to determine which are current and relevant and which can be filed away for easy retrieval should they be needed as a reference or something. Consider creating a database that can store electronic information and will permanently clear your office.
After decluttering your office, take a last look and see if everything is in order, if so then give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done. If you are too busy with work, do some decluttering a few minutes each day; keep it as a habit and you’ll get a permanently organized office.