I’ve talked before on the blog about why I like to have my own space to work from and why it works for me. My desk may be small and it may be in the corner of the living room, but it’s my space and I’m responsible for all of the mess! I work best when I have a clear space around me and I like everything to be neat and tidy. Sadly it’s not always the case, for instance right now I have an empty coffee cup, half a chocolate orange, my phone, bullet
Start From The Beginning
Step one should be to remove everything from your desk, wipe over the surfaces and start with a clean slate. This way you have given everything a thorough dusting and what you put back will be lovely and clean. I always empty everything out when I need to clean as it solves two jobs in one and means I might just get to declutter some bits that I don’t need any more such as paperwork that has been dealt with and no longer needed.
Think About The Space Available To You
Before you put anything back on your desk think about how it will look when it’s full again. Did the layout of your laptop or monitor work before? I am a bit limited with my layout as my desk is so small. I did realise that I could save space by removing my paperwork tray to a shelf to the side of my desk rather than balancing it on the edge. Currently I use a Mac Mini which means I have a separate monitor, keyboard, mouse and unit, however I am lusting after a Macbook and will upgrade once I have saved enough to buy it.
Only Add What You Need
Do you need three notebooks, two planners and a diary on your desk? probably not! I use my planner for organising blog work and a bullet journal for organising my personal life. Both are on my desk but they fit well to the side of my keyboard with one pen.
My phone is very often plugged in and charging when I am sat at my desk so I can’t get away without having the lead attached, but as long as I tidy away the other leads for my Fitbit and camera then it looks neat and tidy. I store my leads in a pot on the shelf to the side of my desk with my paperwork, so as long as I put leads away when I’m not using them then the system works.
Utilise Wall Space
If you have wall space around your desk area then perhaps a notice board would work. I don’t currently have access to that function so am using a calendar on my desktop instead. I like visual planning however and given the opportunity I would have a noticeboard for my reminders and calendar in front of me when working.
Now you should have a clean and clear desk space. How do you organise your desk?
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