Many people believe that clutter on the desk is caused by clutter in the head. A clean and organized workspace greatly improves efficiency, concentration, and the ability to find all the things you need. You'd be surprised how much more efficient your work will be once the clutter on your desk is eliminated. Take some time to remove all unnecessary items from your desk and then organize your work materials and supplies.
Start from scratch. Organizing your workspace is much easier if you start with an empty desk. Remove all items from the work surface and free up drawers (if there are any). Stack things on a separate table or on the floor to review later. Once you eliminate the clutter, you'll have a much easier time imagining how to better organize your workspace. You'll spend a lot more time going through all the items in your workspace one by one. Clear the desk inside and out. The desk is now empty and nothing else is stopping you from arranging a thorough cleaning. Remove the dust and wipe down the surfaces with an all-purpose cleaner. Treat dried stains and polish scratches on the wooden tabletop. After cleaning, your table will look as good as new.
Be sure to clear the table before you start cleaning, otherwise you'll have to rag around all the items.
Get rid of old and unwanted items. Review the items removed from the table and divide everything into two piles: put all the trash in the first pile, and those things that need to be left in the second pile. Decisively get rid of the trash and all unnecessary items, so that at the end there was only the necessary minimum. Now it will be easier for you to put things in order.
People often get attached to useless and unused things. Get rid of them to gain some much-needed peace of mind.
Don't forget to throw away any trash you find. It may be that it was taking up most of your workspace.Update the space around your desk. Look out for any obsolete items. This can include last year's calendars, answered and unanswered emails, and old photographs. Replace such items with new items. All items removed can be thrown out or put in the closet. All items that are on your desk should be new and relevant for the future. Sometimes you can keep things that are dear to you. If there was an old photo, gift, or memento on the table, store them elsewhere and use the table for its intended purpose.
Change the arrangement of things on the table. Now that it's time to rearrange things on the table, don't put them in their old places. Think of a new order, to make good use of the free space. You can "mirror" things by moving them to the opposite side of the table, or choose a new place for each item. Organize items in an order that will inspire you to be productive at the table.
Rearranging things on the table is a little trick that takes away the monotony of daily work and dilutes the look familiar to the eye.
In China, there is an entire art of rearranging everyday objects, which is known as feng shui. It is proven that this approach has a psychotherapeutic effect.
Stock up on new supplies. Running out of paper, pens, or paper clips? Go to the office supply store and get the supplies you need. Take a list with you so you don't forget anything (you can also use a special diary app for your phone for the list). Pay special attention to frequently used supplies that run out quickly. Now you'll have all the items you need at your fingertips while you work. Even if your employer provides you with all your office supplies, a few personal items (like your favorite pen) will make work more comfortable. Arrange items wisely. Consider how you want to organize your desk, and then arrange things in a way that maximizes efficiency and prevents clutter. For example, leave the center of your desk for your computer, and put all important tools and documents within reach. Not only will you make your work easier this way, but you'll also save the time it takes to find things, because now all the things are in their proper places. Your intuition will always tell you the most logical place for each item. For example, if you instinctively look for a certain thing in a particular place, it's probably the most optimal storage location. Add a twist. Your goal is a clean and organized workspace, but it doesn't have to be boring. Use a few decorations to add some personality. A couple of framed photos, a small figurine or a fun cup will liven up the workspace and make it cozier.
If you work in an open office space or a separate office, bring a few personal items from home to dilute the monotonous work atmosphere.