• Mike Colosimo, The Social

Declutter Your Workspace and Get More Done

Separating your workspace from the rest of your home can make it easier to focus and stay productive while working from home. Here are some tips for keeping your workspace clear, functional, and even enjoyable.

Set Goals for Your Decluttering

What are the biggest pain points for you in your home office workspace? For many people, paper tends to pile up on desks and get stuffed into folders and filing cabinets. Lack of storage can make this problem even more pronounced. Others struggle with not having enough surface space. Whatever is causing you frustration in your home workspace, take a moment to think about what success will look like. Then, create plan for getting there.

Clear It Out

Things might get worse before they get better. The key to decluttering is to gather all your items and sort them into piles of things to keep, things to shred or recycle, and things to donate. While this may create more mess temporarily, in the long-run, your work area will be less cluttered and more organized.

While your surfaces are clear, take a moment to give your workspace a deep clean. Vacuum behind your desk, wipe down all surfaces, and disinfect your computer’s keyboard and mouse. Then, take out your recycling, shred what needs to be shredded, and put the things you’re keeping into their proper places. Keep items you use every day close at hand. Organize the things you use less often into filing cabinets or storage bins.

Clear Your Mind

Decluttering your workspace not only helps keep your desk in order. It helps you keep your mind in order, too. A cluttered desk can make you feel closed in and uncomfortable. These feelings can curb creativity and productivity. A clear, organized desk feels more open, giving you room to be comfortable, productive, and focused.

Keep It Clean

Integrate clearing up and cleaning your workspace into your daily evening routine. After you send your last email for the day, take a moment to put away any papers, notes, pens, and other items you may have used that day. Wipe down your keyboard and mouse to keep them germ-free. These small tasks can help your brain shift from work mode to home mode and set yourself up for success for the coming day.

Decluttering your workspace can help you stay focused, productive, and creative. For more tips on surviving your work from home experience, check out our Facebook page.

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