If you’re ready to lose your office clutter but you’re not sure where to start, check out our list. We asked the most organized, neat-freak transportation experts at Seattle’s Shuttle Express transportation headquarters for some ideas, and here’s what they came up with.
- Know and accept your organizational style—if you’re a filer, use a simple filing system and file your stuff every day. Don’t let things pile up. Maybe you’re a piler. See #2.
- If you’re a piler, go ahead and own it, just organize your piles. Get sturdy paper holders or decorative boxes to round up only those important papers you want to keep; maintain everything in neat, easily-movable groups.
- If you’re overwhelmed with clutter, set aside time—a few hours or a whole day, whatever it takes—to clear out everything. Then, bring back in only what you know you’ll use.
- Get in the habit of putting everything in its place after you use it, or at least at the end of each work day.
- Dirt happens. Schedule reminders for yourself to dust your computer monitor and keyboard, and keep disinfectant cleaning wipes on hand to regularly wipe-down other surfaces.
- Store often-used items and files nearest to you and store less important stuff farther away.
- Be ruthless—pitch things you never use.
- Clutter creep happens to the best of us, so do a “clean sweep” regularly to maintain your tidy space.
- Use drawer compartments to keep small items from jumbling together and making a mess.
- Enter or scan business cards into your contact system right away, then toss them in the trash (not in a drawer to handle later).
- Let go of your mountain of “sticky notes” and instead keep track of deadlines, details, and meetings with a virtual assistant app or in your calendar synced to your phone.
- Keep your virtual desktop as clutter-free as the rest of your space. Resist randomly saving files to your desktop, which results in a sea of unorganized files.
- Move photos and videos to the cloud using free options like Dropbox.
- Declutter your smartphone. Dump those apps you thought you couldn’t live without, but you never use.
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