Sometimes cubicles and office nooks at work start to feel like a cave and a deep dark abyss of paper. Take notice of the current state of your cubicle and follow these office organization tips to start seeing a difference. Once you’ve put some new ideas into practice show off your hard work! I’m sure your coworkers will be jealous!
- Put away projects you are not currently working on. The more left out, the less space for what’s important right now.
- Store reference paper. Reference paper is files, pieces of paper, books, and catalogs that you grab on occasion to refer to. You should have the intention to refer back to these permanent resources and cheat sheets on a weekly or monthly basis. Don’t save paper for paper’s sake if you can find the information again easily; otherwise, your reference section will grow too large.
- Get rid of paper and files you no longer are required to keep on behalf of your company. Go through your files at least two times a year. If you don’t know what you are required to keep, ask a manager or human resources.
- If knick knacks and small clutter is crowding shelves and desk space, sweep it all up and only put back the essentials. Be selective in what you display.
- Personal grooming items often clutter desks. Asses how much floss, chapstick, and travel size toothpaste are present. One small stash is all you need.
- Limit the amount of office supplies and junk drawer items you store. This can waste precious work and storage space. You don’t have to be a mini Office Depot at work. Office supplies don’t make you more organized. They assist you in keeping things organized.
- Asses how much eye stimulation you have posted up on walls and cabinets around you. Too many pictures, kid’s drawings or inspirational sayings clutter the space. Aim for 80% empty wall/air space and only 20% personal décor or inspiration.
- Avoid bringing any personal paperwork to your work place. Mixing paper and storing files in both places is a recipe for disaster.
- Avoid stashing things under your desk in your cubicle. Keep the area clean and free of clutter so you can stretch out your legs, hide a purse if need be, and still have room for small garbage can.
- Every small space must be maintained on a daily or weekly basis, otherwise it will return to being a mess after a busy work week. Block off time every Friday or every Monday on your schedule to maintain your new rules and organizational systems for your cubicle.
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