As April showers begin to fall, you may be feeling a bit cramped up in your work space. If you’re taking the time to clean up your house, it’s just as important to clean your home away from home. Here are Office Maniac’s five tips to spring clean your office.
When you’re about to start cleaning your office, take some time to organize your thoughts before your space. Before you even lay a finger on those stacks of folders and office supplies, make a game plan of what sort of things you actually use. If you don’t think things through, you’re prone to convince yourself in the moment that you need things that you really don’t. This totally defeats the purpose of organization and can leave your office the cluttered mess that it currently is.
Even though you may feel a slight emotional attachment to your disorganized yet somewhat function system, try and look for a way to design your space that feels less cluttered and cramped. There are countless ways to organize an office, so don’t feel like you have to stick with the same thing you’ve been doing since 2010. Trying out a new shelf in your room or different bins may feel unfamiliar at first, but if you give it time, you could find that it’s dramatically easier than your old ways.
One of the biggest ways to guarantee a messy space is having stacks of papers all over the place. The best way to alleviate this is to try and go as paperless as possible. Obviously, you may still have to print out a report for your boss or a client, but when it’s not necessary, all you’re doing is creating additional clutter to the already limited space that you have. Try creating files on your computer instead of throwing everything into a pile on your desk. The future is now, and your space (not to mention the planet) will thank you for taking this ecofriendly alternative.
Let’s say you have a massive file for a temporary project you’ll be done with in a few months, or a flash drive that you’re borrowing for a week. Having a designated space in your office for items you won’t be holding onto forever is a great way to make sure non-permanent fixtures aren’t bogging down your space. Even if it’s just a specific shelf on a cabinet, you’re not only a lot less likely to lose the item, you’re also making sure that your office won’t be overrun by things that aren’t necessarily yours.
Desk space is prime real-estate in your office for supplies and documents. This is a place for the most important things that you’ll need to be using frequently. Try and be decisive with what gets to take up a spot, and make sure that it’s actually something that deserves to be there. A cluttered desk is a guaranteed way to feel overwhelmed, so make sure that your desk is a selective spot reserved for the most important things you use every day.
Spring is here, and along with longer days and fun floral dresses, it’s important to make time to take care of your office. By making sure your second home is as nice as your first, you’re guaranteed to slide into Spring as productive as possible.
“If you love your workspace, you’ll love your work a little more.”Cynthia Rowley
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