If you are currently working in a cluttered office, the thought of organizing the entire space is very overwhelming. In addition, finding time on your jam packed calendar to devote to this task can be a challenge. The good news is that you can get started by investing small amounts of time on very specific organizing tasks. As a professional organizer in NYC, I have field tested the following 5 office organizing tips and suggest that you put them into action right away so you’ll start seeing immediate results!
Start using an inbox and file box. By following this simple tip, you’ll have a designated spot for all incoming paperwork and files and will ensure that your desk stays paper free. A to-file box can then be used for paper to be filed when you are finished with it. Don’t let paperwork pile up – schedule time to sort through and recycle or file away. Even just 10 minutes at a time will do! Every time you schedule a short 10 minute block, you’ll be that much closer to ditching the paper clutter for good.
Purge the old. If you are holding on to things that don’t work, get rid of them! Take 15 minutes and walk around your office. Toss out the pens that ran out of ink, recycle old magazines and newspapers, and donate unused or broken office equipment. Don’t let these items take up valuable space. Check out these lists of resources on where to recycle and donate in NYC.
Identify your Combat Zones. What areas of your office seem to be the clutter collectors? Maybe it’s your desk, a bookshelf, or a table. Walk through your office space and take note of where the clutter seems to pile up. Then, take a 5 minute break during your work day and sort through those areas putting away all the items in that particular space.
Label everything. Every item needs a clear and defined space. Labels make it easy to locate items and to identify what is inside a box, bin, or file. By creating a labeled space for everything, you’ll be able to take 5 minutes during your work day to clear up a Combat Zone and put those items away. This also will save you time and make it much easier when you need to locate a specific item.
Hide your cords. Tangled cords coming from your computer, your phone, your laptop, and whatever other electronic device is being charged in your office give off a cluttered look. This office organizing tip doesn’t take much time at all: take a few minutes to store what you aren’t using, and neatly hide what you are! If the cords are out of control, invest a few extra minutes to tie them up.
Making time for these small office organizing tasks will help make a difference in your cluttered office right away. Since office organizing isn’t always a priority when you have calls to make, emails to answer, and projects to work on, blocking time on your calendar at the end of the day or during other slower period will get you started. Make sorting your inbox, filing paperwork, and clearing off your desk part of your daily routine. You’ll be surprised by the difference that even 10 minutes of organizing can have on your productivity! When you are ready for more office organizing tips or strategies for a complete office overhaul, reach out to this Professional Organizer in NYC.