A disorganized work desk is a surefire way to cause unnecessary stress on yourself. You’re constantly struggling to find important documents, your drawers are overflowing, and the amount of food wrappers on your desk is overwhelming. If this sounds a lot like you, it may be time for you to organize your desk. Here’s how to do it effectively. 

  1. Make Room Only for the Important Stuff 

Aside from your computer, there isn’t much else that you may need to have on your desk. To test this theory, remove any items from your desk that aren’t necessary to get the job done and put them on the floor. Make sure to only pick up the things you need to work.

By the end of the day, take inventory of all the things still on the floor and try and find other homes for them that don’t include your desktop. 

  1. Keep a Clear Space

As tempting as it may be to pile things onto your desk until you can’t see it anymore, try and leave a small space on your desk clear at all times. This can be useful when you need to write something down or sign important papers. No matter what happens throughout the week, make sure that area on your desk stays clear. 

  1. Remove Clutter

Even if your desk is organized, there may still be too many things on it that are causing it to look cluttered. Go through everything on your desk and get rid of any old paperwork or notes that you no longer need. Keep personal items such as photographs either in a separate part of your office or in one designated area. 

  1. Keep it Clean

Another important thing to consider is to make sure you’re keeping your desk clean. Keep sanitizing wipes at your desk and wipe down your computer, drawers, and anything else you may touch on a regular basis. This will keep your desk not just organized, but sanitary too.