Decluttering Your #HomeWorklife - Cleaning Off Your Desk

Feeling overwhelmed by your workspace at home? Well here is something to think about.....

Did you know by cleaning off your desk (whether is in your home office, cubicle, or in a makeshift space in your living room) improves your productivity and efficiency? An uncluttered, organized space helps to invite in calm and inspiration.

Here is one way to clean and organize your desk in less than 15 minutes

  1. Grab a garbage bag, shredder, desk cleaning supplies and filing folders.
  2. Remove everything off your desk. If you can sort the piles of papers, supplies, folders, etc while cleaning off your desk, it will help with organizing your office items later.
  3. Wipe down your desk with a disinfectant cleaning solution and soft cloth. 
  4. Working with a clean slate (i.e. desk), place the bigger items back on the desk (computer/laptop, folder trays, pen organizers, etc). Organize these items across your desk by placing the most used items closer to you so you can access those items quicker. 
  5. Wipe off office supplies and equipment such as your stapler, pens, computer screen, mouse, etc. with Lysol wipes (or something similar(. Think about it…when was the last time you sanitized items on your desk 😉. Place the items back on the desk in their appropriate spaces.
  6. Sort your pile of paper into three sections: 
  • “Garbage” - outdated and/or unnecessary materials
  • “Important” - certificates, training materials, W2’s, etc
  • “Shred” - papers not needed but contain sensitive information (credit card account numbers, social security numbers, etc.)
  • Immediately toss out the “Garbage” pile of old business cards, conference materials, old meeting agendas, and any other paper. Put the other two piles (“Shred” and “Important”) in separate folders or bags for further sorting later on.
  • If you have more than 15 minutes, now is the time to tackle your two piles of papers:
    • “Shred” pile - Shred any papers that contain sensitive information (account numbers, social security numbers, etc.). This will protect your information from being used by someone. 
    • “Important” pile - Sort these papers by the categories that are relevant. You can use categories such as “certificates”, “tax/business documents”, work records (W2’s, paycheck stubs, employment papers). If any of these items can be accessed online through your employer, public record or your own digital file, decide if a hard copy is necessary. You can also create a digital file of the documents to store for future needs.