- Begin with one area at a time –
Decluttering is a process, and it is vital to follow the steps to obtain the required results. Systematic cleaning is essential to get your work done easier and quicker. Start with one part of your desk or workspace and move on to the others only once you’re done with what you started.
- Dispose of items that are not in use –
The major issue most of us face with regard to space is that there are way too many things we possess and most of which we don’t even use anymore. Therefore it is essential to dispose of things that we no more use in order to create space for new items or things that are already existent.
- Declutter the real estate –
Cluttered and messy desks can contain a lot of random items scattered all over the place. Things like mail, trinkets, pens, paper notes, and various others can be found lying on your desk. Clear your office or workspace of all these unnecessary accessories and find a place elsewhere. Leave behind only those items that you use frequently.
- Paper is clutter –
It is a good idea to use the current slogan “Go digital” to your advantage and dispose all the unnecessary paperwork on your table. Paper documents can cause confusion and mess on your desk resulting in you not being able to find anything in the nick of time. Some things you can do with all this paper is , file it, discard it or shred it. In case you need to scan a single piece of paper, it is better to use your phone to scan it and store it. You can also use various other apps for this purpose rather than paper to avoid clutter. Additionally, always keep a shredder by your desk to help declutter regularly and keep your desk and yourself sane.
- Do not strive for perfection –
Not all of us are perfectly organized or clean. It takes a lot of effort on the part of some of us to even make a move to declutter and get our lives together. So it is unfair to put the burden of unrealistic expectations on yourself. So go slow and work your way through the whole process. Regardless, never procrastinate and ensure you finish the job you started. We all know things may just go back to being the same after a while, but at least you can always redo it once you start. The main reason for doing this is to give you some clarity of mind as decluttering your workspace is not just a change in your physical state but also a change in your mental state of mind.