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How to Keep Your Desk Clean, Organized, and Free of Clutter

Posted by Dave Jury at

You’re half-way through your work day, your laptop battery is drained. You’ve got an important meeting coming up, and you can’t find your charger.

Your workday just got more stressful. Now, you’ve got to find that charger or figure out another way into that meeting.

In an instant, things can become disorganized. Day-to-day responsibilities come up, and cleaning and decluttering is often put on hold. This can be especially true in your workspace.

A messy workplace can feel intolerable. Things feel dirty, you can’t seem to find anything, and it only seems to pile on top of itself. It can make you frustrated and gets in the way of getting your work done.

Clutter can negatively influence the way you work, and ultimately kill productivity. Disorganization can even lead to poor time management. This can also create a negative effect on your mental and physical health.

Chances are, you’ve tried to get things organized before, but it just hasn’t stuck. There are a number of reasons you might find yourself cluttered or disrupted. But no matter the circumstance, you can get organized anywhere in your home.

Not sure where to start? Here’s a list of office organization hacks to try out and a few Drawer Essential products to get your office back in order.

With a few organizational tools and resources, you’ll create more space (physically and mentally) and be able to refocus on what needs to get done.

1. Reconsider Your Belongings

Make sure you’ve taken inventory of your things. Does every item serve a purpose? Could you get rid of some things?

You’re not going to get rid of everything, but you should ask yourself what purpose each item really serves. Answer honestly. That way, you’ll be able to let go of items easier.

Carve out a fair amount of time for this task, so you don’t rush through the process. Have on hand boxes or trash bags so you can immediately remove items you decide are no longer needed. As you’re working through your items, find a new home for the ones you’re holding onto.

When you have places picked out for the things staying in your office, you’ll have better luck putting them back after every use — reducing clutter in the first place.

2. Cabinet Organizers

Cabinets and drawers are major culprits for disorganization. Once you throw something in there, you don’t have to look at it again and it can easily get lost. You need a cabinet organizer to keep everything tidy and spotless.

Roll out cabinet organizers are perfect for storing larger office supplies, files and folders, and other odds and ends. Drawer Essentials offers a wide array of layouts, which can be customized to fit your drawer size. Never shove an ill-fitting organizer in your desk drawer again!

If you’re looking for more ideas around your home, these are also great in your kitchen and bathroom.

Combine these organizers to create balance and structure throughout your home.

3. Add Shelving to Your Office

Shelves offer an excellent means for removing items from your desk and creating more space for work and productivity.

This can be accomplished by adding larger shelving units in your office, or hanging floating shelves up high. Putting in a shelf right above your desk is also helpful for getting to supplies and items you use more often.

However you decide to add shelving to your office, be sure they’re sturdy enough to hold at least 15-30 pounds and that they’ve been installed safely and properly.

4. Get Creative with Your Hiding Spots

If traditional shelves aren’t your style, that means thinking outside the box when coming up with desk organization ideas.

Cables can quickly become bothersome, tangled up, and thrown into complete disarray. Pegboards have become a popular way for keeping desk areas clean and organized. Using a pegboard to conceal and keep these items under control will help you stay organized.

Adding hooks underneath your desk can also create space for hanging cables, bags, and other items that take up space on your floor.

To keep your desk clean and neat, organizing inserts are a great solution:

  • Drawer Essentials’ drawer inserts are adjustable and usable for organizing anything in your office. Mix, match, and customize your drawer to hold anything and everything in your desk. Paper clips, staples, pins, and rubber bands now have a home in your desk.

  • Drawer Essentials’ jewelry organizer offers just the right amount of space for supplies like pens and pencils, sticky notes, and business cards. You can even opt for having these inserts slide and lift out, making them more convenient for storage.

Finding a home for your office supplies is extremely important for your peace of mind, and these options will offer the storage space you need to keep your desk tidy while you work.

5. Take a Few Moments to Clean Up

It may be tough at first, but building the habit of tidying up your work area at the end of the day will keep you on top of your work or home office organization. It only takes 5-10 minutes, giving you more time in the long run to focus on other things.

Keep in mind that it’s important to not go overboard. Being a perfectionist can also lead to a loss of time and productivity, because you’re focusing on your workspace instead of your work.

Just find the right balance and use the best work office organization ideas that fit your life.

Customize Your Dream Office Drawer

We understand it can be hard to find the time and energy to clean and transform your office. But using a few office organization tips and the right products, you’ll be on your way to the most productive workspace yet.

A tidy office creates peace of mind so that you can stay focused, stay on task, and end your day feeling positive.

By adding Drawer Essentials custom drawer inserts into your office, you’re creating more opportunity for genuine organization and decluttering. Everything will have its own spot, and there’ll be no more wondering where your supplies are.  

Our inserts are created with your exact measurements so that they’ll fit seamlessly into your desk or office space. There’s no more guessing or hoping the product will work out!

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