If there’s one thing that the last couple of years has taught us, it’s how easily a home office can become cluttered. So we thought as part of our junk removal we would give you some tips on how to declutter your office.
Only Keep Those Things That are Needed to Declutter Your Office
Instead of attempting to make a bunch of decisions on what you should discard and what you should save, it’s sometimes easier to take everything out of the office and then to bring things back in as they’re needed. This is similar to the desktop of your computer. When you have a lot of apps installed, you are going to have a lot of shortcuts that are on the background of your desktop. Only when you have removed all the shortcuts you are going to realize the ones that you are actually using
This is something that also happens with your home office. It isn’t uncommon to have a lot of items that are in the work area that you haven’t touched in a long time. This won’t mean that you have to keep them in the office. Depending on the size of your office, you may not have a lot of space to begin with. These items could take up lots of space and not do anything to help you with being productive. When you remove everything from the office and only add things as you need them, you are able to more objectively and effectively only keep what’s needed.
Organize Your Office According to Practicality
After you’ve reduced your clutter by doing the tip above, you want to arrange those remaining items based on how often they’re used. It’s possible you’re using a pen regularly. However, that manual may only be consulted every other day or so.
To help with improving your workflow, place those items that you frequently use in the top drawers of your desk, like notebooks and chargers. This will make access to them easy and quick. Have pencils and pens in a nearby cup, and then store other types of supplies, like staples, headphones, and rubber bands in your lower drawer. Similarly, arrange the remainder of your office and place the items that you don’t use very often far away. This is a simple system, but it will increase your productivity and make sure that the items that you use most often are within easy reach while the other personal items are in the drawers and not taking up space on your desk.
Sort Your Items to Help Declutter Your Office
Recently we have done a post where we talked about sorting things into trash, donate, store, and keep. There’s something that you can do with the things in your office that is similar. This only requires three piles – trash, keep, put someplace else. It shouldn’t be hard to find someplace to put everything. Even if you’re sentimental and you have things that you like holding onto some objects, you are going to find new places for those items and help declutter your office. Also, you should think about the objects that can be recycled, such as plastics and papers, and the things that can be thrown away.
Organize Your Cable to Help Declutter Your Office
From laptop and laptop chargers to headphone dongles and HDMI cords, there are a lot of cords in your office. Whether they’re under or on your desk, it’s often a very messy and frustrating battle to keep them under control. Sometimes, people will ignore the issue. However, when there’s a problem with an electronic, not having them organized can cause a lot of delays in finding the problem and correcting it.
A great way that you can fix this problem is to purchase a labeling system for your cords and then label the cables as they’re installed in the office. Another thing that you can do is to invest in the Cablox system. This can arrange the cables quickly and simply and then help with making sure that they are remaining tidy and neat from now on.
Digitize Note & Documents
A lot of the clutter in the office is most likely paper-based: business cards, documents, meeting notes, sticky notes, and a lot more. However, these cause a problem because they take up a lot of space and they also aren’t something that you use regularly. Rather than keeping these things around just in case you might need them one day, digitalizing the documents by creating some electronic copies is a good idea.
There are a lot of apps that you can download to a smartphone that can easily and quickly scan documents and then store those important details on the phone. Take pictures of the essential documents you can’t risk losing and then recycle or discard the paper version. There are also note-taking apps, like Google Docs, Evernote, and those note apps on Android and iOS phones. These kinds of apps don’t just let you digitize your notes but sync them across different devices using the cloud. If your problem is the stack of business cards, you can take their pictures or add them to your contacts on your phone.
These are 5 tips on how you can declutter your office. If you are having trouble with having a lot of stuff in your home and you are looking for a company that can do junk removal, contact us for a quote.