A messy desk is the worst, but if you want to stay productive, it's important to keep your work space free of clutter. Here are some simple tips for organizing your desk and keeping it that way.
Gather All Your Supplies
Gather all the supplies you have.
Write down everything you have on hand. This includes not only the items that are currently in your desk, but also any other supplies that you have lying around. For example, if I were to write a list of my current supplies, it would include notebooks, pens and pencils, sticky notes (remember those?), and so on. If there are items in your drawers or closet that aren't currently being used but could be helpful for future projects for example, a ruler or eraser make sure to include them!
Think about how you use each item and where it goes when it's clean up time. For example: Do I need two highlighters? No; one will do just fine. But does everyone else in our office own their own stapler? Yes! So maybe two is appropriate for our situation here at work (though this might vary depending on where exactly we're talking about). What about those sticky notes? I use them constantly; they're my go-to tool when writing emails or making lists of groceries needed later this week...so they stay closeby while I'm working at my desk!
Curate Your Containers
Use containers that are the right size for the items you want to store.
Use containers that are clear and easy to see through.
Use containers with lids so you can see what's inside.
Use containers that are sturdy and won't tip over if you push them or step on them by mistake.
Use the Arrange, Sort, Purge Method
The first step to organizing your desk is to arrange it in a logical way. Here are some tips:
Keep office supplies you need on the top of your desk and put everything else in drawers, cabinets or other storage units.
Sort through your office supplies and get rid of what you don’t need. This can be hard if you’re sentimental about certain things, but remember that clutter makes people feel overwhelmed and stressed out!
Move on to the Drawers
Drawer dividers: If you have a lot of items that need to be organized in the same way, such as pens and pencils, you can use a drawer divider to make sure each group is kept together.
Labels: Labels are great for organizing drawers because they allow you to easily see what’s inside without opening it up and they also make it easy for other people (like your parents) who may want access to an item inside. You can get stick-on labels at any office supply store or make your own using index cards and a permanent marker. Simply write out what’s inside each compartment and stick them on the front of each drawer before filling them up with stuff!
Containers: If you prefer not having too many labels cluttering up your desk space, containers are another great option for storing items like pens and pencils in one place. Try using small plastic bins or even old cereal boxes anything with multiple compartments works well here! Just remember not overstuffing them so that everything has room enough for air circulation...and if possible try placing these containers underneath rather than directly on top (this will help keep things from getting dusty).
Keep All Surfaces Clear (Mostly)
You have to be able to see your desk to work. You don't have time for anything else, especially distractions. If you can't see the keyboard or mouse or whatever tools you're using, it's time for a reorganization.
If possible, keep all surfaces clear of things except what is absolutely necessary this means your desktop should be clear and so should all of your drawers (file cabinet, desk drawer). The same goes for bookshelves and kitchen cabinets where applicable (though if you're keeping stuff in these areas that isn't something that would fall over if a toddler bumped into it once every five years or so then maybe those shouldn't be cleared out entirely).
The bathroom counter can also serve as an example: the counter itself needs to be clear so that people can use it as they please while they're doing their business; however, there are other items that can go elsewhere such as soap dispensers and toothbrushes which do not need constant access at all times because they are not used by everyone who uses the bathroom at any given moment in time.
Having an organized desk can help you stay productive.
Having an organized desk can help you stay productive. It can also help you focus on what you are doing, feel less stressed and feel more organized. You should have one main area to put all the things that are related to the task or project at hand. This will make it easier for you to find those things when needed.
After you’ve organized your desk, the next step is to keep it that way. Keeping a tidy workspace takes work and dedication, but it can be done with just a few simple steps. For example, set aside some time each week to clean off your desk and put away all the items that have built up during the week. It may seem like a lot of work at first glance but trust us when we say it will get easier as time goes on! We hope this article helped give you some ideas for how to organize your own desk so please let us know if there are any other tips or tricks that we didn’t mention here today :)