Is a cluttered space keeping you distracted and unproductive at work? Then it’s time to make a change. No, we aren’t talking about scooping some papers into the filing cabinet — we mean heavy-duty, Marie Kondo-esque cleaning and organization. After all, an organized office not only looks nice, it can also increase productivity, save time, and lower stress levels.
Here are five tips to help get that office in shape.
1. Define your goal, write it down
What do you want your office to look like? Feel like? Make goals early on and write them down. If you already know what you want, it will be easier to achieve it. Don’t just start throwing things in the trash before you know what needs to stay and what can go.
2. Go for a deep declutter
As the old saying goes, use it or lose it — and that applies to everything, from furniture to decorations to office supplies. If you haven’t used it in months (and won’t use it in the future), it’s time to move on. The same goes for those office freebies that are taking up valuable space. Don’t use it? Toss it.
3. Organize by zones
Make work easier by dividing your office into zones — office supplies in one area, documents in another, and so on. Not only does zoning make things look tidy, but you’ll also save time whenever you need to find something.
4. Purge the paper
We live in the digital age so why not take advantage of it? Chances are you’ve got piles and piles of paper lying around that can just as easily be stored in the computer. Make life easier and take some time to digitize wherever possible. If you want to learn more about becoming paperless checkout our free Best Practices for Going Paperless webinar.
5. Utilize your wall space
Floor space is valuable so why not expand upward? Think of your office walls as your new storage area: Install some trendy shelves or find yourself a tall bookcase or cabinet to store supplies and files. Keep yourself on task by hanging up a whiteboard, calendar, or to-do list.