Did you know that January 12, 2017 was national Clean Off Your Desk day? No? You're not the only one who missed the official day of observance, but you can still start the year off with a clean workspace. Organizing your workspace can help to organize your mind, too.
Dan Lee, Director of standing desk company NextDesk, knows a little something about the design and functionality of desks; here are his eight tips for cleaning and organizing your workspace (and your mind) for the year ahead.
1. Disinfect everything
A clean desk is an enjoyable desk to work at. Use "Clean Off Your Desk" day as an excuse to take everything off your desk and then wipe it clean, Lee says. "Obviously, this is easier when your desk isn't cluttered -- you should really wipe your desk clean with a non-abrasive cleaner, like an antibacterial wipe, at least once a week, but if you haven't been keeping up with it, well, that's why this day was invented," he says.
2. Invest in folders
Invest in however many folders you need to organize any and all of the loose papers cluttering up the surface of your desk, Lee says. "If it isn't important enough to put in a folder, throw it away.
3. Cap office supplies
How many of the office supplies on your desktop are actually in daily use? Cap the number of office supplies on your desk to about three or four, at most, Lee says. Anything that you don't use on a daily basis can be stored in a drawer or supply cabinet. "A good experiment for this is putting all office supplies to one side of your desk, and, throughout the day, move the supplies you do use to the other side of the desk. Anything left in the original pile that you haven't used can be stored elsewhere," he says.
4. Limit personal items
Though personal items like framed pictures and vacation souvenirs are nice to look at, they often take up a lot of space and can sometimes be distracting. Lee says you should limit yourself to one personal item on your desk to create more space.
5. Out of sight, out of mind
Though necessary, cords and cables are a major impediment to the functionality of your desk, Lee says. "This is especially true of standing desks, which have their own cables, and they are a distraction to your work," Lee says. Do your best to hide the cables so they are out of sight.
6. Tailor your workspace to you