We all dream of working in a space that is organized and efficient as we know that office organizing is important. However some days this objective seems so far-fetched and the reality is that we don’t even know where to start with the office clutter that we’ve accumulated! Here are some tips from this Professional Organizer in NYC to kick your office organizing plans into high gear and ditch the clutter for good.
Divide your office into zones. Looking at your entire office at one time can be a bit daunting. Instead, divide your large Combat Zone into smaller zones that will be easier to tackle. For example, focus first on your desk. Then move on to your bookshelves, then to your conference area. As you move on to each zone, think about what tasks will be done in that area and what items need to be readily available in that space.
Get rid of what isn’t needed. Take inventory of the items in your office. Go through piles of paper, shredding duplicates or paperwork no longer needed. Clean out drawers and shelves and discard or recycle items that no longer work or that you no longer want. Ask yourself, “When was the last time I used this?” Donate or recycle bigger items that are just taking up space, such as outdated computers or even old office furniture.
Set limits. To be honest, the problem is rarely ever not enough space. The problem is too much stuff! Especially in an office where your space is more limited, it’s important to restrict the number of personal items such as photos, mementos, and any promo items that are just taking up space. Keep a few personal items to inspire you in your office space, but set a reasonable limit and consider swap them out every couple of months.
Schedule upkeep time. If keeping your office clutter free was easy, it already would be done, right? It’s easy for things to go south if you aren’t putting in a little bit of effort to maintain your space. So schedule in time. Make sure at the end of each workday you are returning your items to their assigned home. You can also schedule time to check in every quarter, and do a sweep of your office to see if there are any items that can be thrown away, recycled, or donated.
It’s hard to be productive and efficient when you are surrounded by clutter and attempting to work in a disorganized space. Though it may feel intimidating, as soon as you make the time for office organizing and get it done, you’ll see and feel immediate results! For more tips and hands on strategies, reach out to this Professional Organizer in NYC and let’s talk about what I can do for you.