How To Organize Your Desk At Work: 7 Tips To Declutter Your Workplace

If you want to know how to organize your desk at work, you’ll love this article.

Look around you. What do you see, tidiness or mess? Your work environment largely reflects what is happening in your head. Chaos on your desk can mean chaos in your thoughts, while cleanliness and tidiness can be a sign of a clear mind.

You can easily change your state of mind by changing the state of your surroundings. By doing so, you create a mental space that gives you freedom, ease of thinking and great concentration. In this article you will learn 7 ways to organize your workplace quickly and efficiently.

If you tend to accumulate things on your desk until you have to dig into it to see the monitor at all, this is the article for you. Time for a small revolution.

Many times I had the opportunity to work in an environment full of papers, cards, books, mugs and other objects. The effectiveness of work in such a place was, as it were, far from satisfactory. In a messy environment it was much harder to concentrate on one task. Desk chaos in an unexplained way, like a virus infecting my head was a stimulus that made clear thinking difficult.

So when one day I noticed the above dependency, I decided to firstly take care of the order in my work environment, and only then I started to complete the planned tasks. I was doing a thorough cleaning until everything was in its place.

When I finish cleaning like this, I always sit down at my desk… and I’m very relieved. There is this indescribable feeling of a pleasant space in my head that allows for clear thinking and razor-sharp concentration. As if someone had put into my head like an unlimited space, full of infinite emptiness. This feeling allows me to get to work with enthusiasm and to do what I have to do effectively.

Since then, I’ve loved keeping my workspace as minimalist as possible. You will find there only what I need the most. The rest is empty space.

In order to achieve such an effect, it is worthwhile to make desk tidiness according to a few specific rules. Therefore, as a result of quite a lot of experience in organizing my workplace, I prepared for you 7 most important tips that will help you to clean up your surroundings in the most effective way. Here they are:

How To Organize Your Desk At Work:

1. Whether you are cleaning a desk, drawer, wardrobe, bookcase, shelf or window sill – everything there is, take it off and put it in one pile.

Ideally in the middle of the room, so that you can’t rest until the mess disappears. That way, you can be sure that everything goes through your hands. So the tidiness will be thorough, because with every item you can decide whether it goes back to the desk, shelf, etc., or rather better to send it to the basement or to the trash. Plus, you’ll put everything back together again, making sure every item is where it belongs!

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2. Divide the items from the pile into three groups.

The first group are things that return to their place. The second group consists of things you don’t need in the near future and you can put them somewhere else: in a cardboard box, in a basement, in a wardrobe, in a room next door. The third group are items that you don’t need anymore and you want to throw them away. The target place for this group is the garbage can. If you want, you can add one more group here – items you can spend for children from orphanages or for the poor.

3. When dividing, be as strict as possible.

Make quick, confident decisions. Don’t leave things in the workplace that “might come in handy someday”. Throw them in a cardboard box and take them somewhere so they won’t interfere with your desk or drawer. If you think something’s probably never going to come in handy again, just throw it away without thinking about it, enjoying the free space it’s created. Throw away all the old papers, magazines, unnecessary notes or notes from a year ago.

4. Don’t clean everything at once.

Cleaning up a room or office can be overwhelming, so set yourself small goals that you can complete in 15-20 minutes. You can start with all the drawers, the next day with the shelves, the next day with the wardrobe, and so on. In this way you will gradually organize your entire environment, without feeling more tired or wasting time.

5. Remember to keep your computer clean.

Clear your desktop of unused icons, leaving only the ones you need most. Pull down old movies, programs and games that take up a lot of space, slowing down your computer. Change your wallpaper to one that evokes positive emotions and motivation in you.

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6. Plan the ongoing maintenance of order in the workplace.

You can do this by putting different items in their original place each time you put them away, not where they fall off. You can also always do a quick tidying up after work to prevent clutter from building up in your surroundings.

7. Enjoy the cleanliness.

Thank yourself for taking a big step forward in your productivity and efficiency, because a clean working environment is a very important factor in the successful execution of tasks. Take the most enjoyable break you can imagine, then get to work! :)

Desk tidiness – you’d think it’s so simple and meaningless. However, your environment has a huge impact on the quality of your work and even on the approach to it. Orderly, clean space promotes the freshness of your mind. Of course, this is just one of many factors that allow you to reach the heights of your productivity and make your work both effective and pleasant.

Thank you for reading this article about how to organize your desk at work and I really hope that you take action my advice. I wish you good luck and I hope its contents have been a good help to you.

Przemkas Mosky
Przemkas Mosky started Perfect 24 Hours in 2017. He is a Personal Productivity Specialist, blogger and entrepreneur. He also works as a coach assisting people to increase their motivation, social skills or leadership abilities. Read more here