Tired of Your Messy Desk? Here Are 7 Tips to Get Organized

Messy Desk

#CleanYourDeskDay is a great opportunity to take care of that messy desk once and for all.

National Clean Your Desk Day is all about taming your messy desk and preparing your workspace for the new year and beginning things on the right note. The holiday falls on the second Monday in January. This year, it’s January 11. Remember, a messy desk is an invitation to chaos! A clean desk, on the other hand, helps you focus, be more productive, and generally makes you feel good about your workspace. And when we say clean we don’t just mean physical clutter. That’s correct, your computer desktop counts too. Drag those files into a nice, neat folder!

Here are 7 tips to get organized if you are tired of your messy desk:

Eliminate the piles. Recycle or shred unnecessary paperwork and file or scan everything else.

Contain yourself. Use pencil cups, drawer and file organizers, and trays to keep items in their place.

Stop hoarding. If you haven’t touched something in a year, it probably shouldn’t be on your desk. Keep supplies you access most often within reach, and the rest out of sight.

Get tech-savvy. Going paperless can help you reduce clutter and find information more quickly, but only if you use a digital filing system or organizational app to keep track of everything.

Overaccessorizing. It’s generally fine to show some personality with your workspace decorations, but leave your teddy bear collection and gigantic cat posters at home.

Don’t eat at your desk. Clear your desk of food wrappers, empty coffee cups, and dirty plates. Wipe off your work surface after eating.

Clean often. Spend a few minutes at the end of each day straightening up your workspace so you can get a quick start in the morning.

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Greg Bussmann
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Greg Bussmann is a Marketing Specialist at Office Essentials. He is a lifelong, proud St. Louisan, a technology enthusiast, and father to four teenage daughters. He spends his spare time providing rides, chaperoning dates and trying to keep track of his credit cards. He also enjoys watching the St. Louis Cardinals when it's his turn to use the remote. Email Greg anytime.