Keeping your desk clean, tidy, and organised is really essential for helping you concentrate at work. Disorganisation distracts us, stresses us out, and wastes times; it makes it harder to do the job at hand and lowers our level of productivity. However, if you keep everything in the right place, it’ll be easy to find without having to rummage through papers and drawers, and you’ll have enough space to do your work, which will leave you feeling more motivated and capable of achieving better results.
When organising your desk, it’s preferable to first take away everything you have on top and really start over from scratch. It takes time but it’s without a doubt worth doing, because the result will be a practical, functional, decorative, and attractive desk space.
Organising your office desk is easier and more effective than ever with these 12 tips:
- The first and most important thing is putting your computer in place. The most ideal position is in front of the chair, positioned so that your neck remains straight while you’re using it. We spend a considerable amount of time sat in the same position, so it’s important to maintain good posture to avoid back and neck issues.
- If you use a keyboard, the best option is to keep this in a pull out drawer? under the desk, as this allows you to save space, for example, to take notes.
- Organise your cables. Cables for your computer, scanner, printer, phone, chargers… there’s usually a whole mess of cables that end up hanging down behind the desk. It’s worth spending a little time organising them properly and supporting them with brackets or other items. This way, you avoid damaging them, they look better, and you always know which cable is which for when you need to unplug something.
- Desk drawers are often a jumble of stationery and other items, and every time you need to find something, you mess it up even more. A good way to keep your desk drawers organised is by using drawer separators. We have different size options available, so you can choose the one that best fits your needs, according to the size of your desk and the kind of things you’re storing: long and narrow for pens, wider for files, etc. You could also combine different separators within the same drawer, and make it easy to find what you’re looking for. You’re making the most of the available space, you can see everything clearly as soon as you open the drawer, and it’s so much easier to keep tidy.
- File drawer. This is really useful for keeping all your papers and files well organised and in one place. If your desk doesn’t have a file drawer, you can create one for yourself. However, the reality is that we don’t always have free space around or underneath the desk. In this case, you could set one of your desk drawers aside – preferably the widest – and use filing accessories to turn it into a file drawer.
- Files. If you prefer to keep your papers on your desktop, or it’s simply not possible to store them anywhere else, you can sort them by type and keep each type in a separate file. Even better, if you use different coloured files, it will be easier to find the one you need at any given time. Keep all your files together on one side of the desk, to keep your desk looking tidier and more organised. It’s better to have them stood next to each other rather than stacked, so that you don’t have to move every file just to access one.
- Bamboo drawers. As much as we try to optimise the space in our desk drawers, there’s always something that still doesn’t seem to have a place to go. The kind of things that immediately get mixed up with everything, or lost between files and papers, making it difficult to find what you need or leave you with enough space to work productively. You can avoid this by using the same kind of organiser that you use for your drawers. They’re made of bamboo, a strong, neutral-coloured material that goes well with other materials or colours, for example, your colourful files. There are different sizes available to suit your needs. They’re also designed to fit together, so you can stack them or pair them in the most creative, efficient way.
- Space underneath. If you have a long desk with no interior drawers, you have a lot of space to take advantage of. Once you’ve made sure you have enough space to put your chair and be able to move around comfortably, you can then place a mobile chest of drawers, a basic filing cabinet, or a combination of the two.
- Cork pin board. You could hang a cork board on your wall to add a personal touch to your work space. This type of board is perfect for pinning notes, reminders, a personal photo, or your kid’s drawing. It’s so easy to use, you just pin up whatever you need to remind yourself of, and take it down when you don’t need it anymore.
- Wall boxes. You could also hang boxes of different sizes on the wall, to give yourself more storage space. There are many different sizes available, so you can choose the ones that best suit your needs, and the boxes are self-adhesive, so you don’t need to drill into the wall to hang them.
- Spare cupboard. If you’re lucky enough to have a spare cupboard nearby, this can be used to store the things that aren’t being used on a daily basis, or that we use less in general. To make the most of this extra space, you can arrange it following the same ideas we’ve talked about for organising your desk.
- Selection. If you find that, even after optimising your space using all the previous tips, you still don’t have enough space for everything, there’s only one option left: carefully selecting what you really need, and getting rid of everything else. You’ll be surprised how much stuff you can live without!
As we’ve seen, organising your office desk doesn’t have to be an arduous or expensive task. If you take these 12 tips into account, you’ll be amazed at how simple it is, and it will be well worth the time you’ve spent planning and organising. You’ll have a comfortable space to work, where you can easily find everything you need, and best of all, it’s also super easy to keep tidy and organised! This will give you total peace of mind and greater confidence in yourself, leading to much more productive work days.