Studies have shown that an average person can lose up to one hour a day due to disorganization. It is more efficient to take the time to get and stay organized. An organized office is evidence of good work habits and helps to foster the attitude needed to be successful.
Reduce the number of items that need organization
- Recycle, donate or trash anything not actually used.
- Place your desk and hardware such that you have the space for an accessible and clear work area. In a home office, try to establish as much division as possible between household and office space.
- For desktop storage, a monitor shelf can raise the monitor to an ergonomically correct height. The monitor should be placed in front of you and approximately 17 inches from your body.
- Find a convenient and relevant home for each item while using your desktop for items used everyday.
- Group like things together.
- Use organizing tools such as desk drawer dividers and vertical file folders.
Wall space is your friend
- The use of a pegboard, hanging storage bins, dry erase board, wall calendar, and cork board can all free. up space on your desk while providing easy access to frequently used items and posting urgent business and list in clear view.
Wires and chargers
- Disentangle and label wires. Store them out of site under the desk.
- Tidy chargers by attaching them to desk with binder clips.
Make use of labels
- Label everything such as office items, bookshelves, and paper trays.
Minimize paper use
- Use apps for note taking and sharing information in the office.
- Digitize documents that can be scanned and stored as electronic files.
- Take 5 seconds to consider if something is actually beneficial before you print.
It is easy to get de-sensitized to clutter. Re-assess frequently to keep your office organized for maximum efficiency.