5 Ways to Organize Your Office

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I recently moved into a new office space, and it had me reevaluating how I had my previous office organized. Even as a professional organizer, there is always room for improvement! So while redesigning and reorganizing my new office, I came up with a few tips to help you organize your office.

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1. Have necessary supplies easily accessible. 

One thing that slows down your productivity the most is not having your essentials nearby. This may vary for everyone, but make a list of those items you use the most on a daily basis. I use my pen, highlighters, planner, and chapstick (yes, chapstick!) the most, so those stay in my desk organizer. Besides my necessary pens and highlighters, I also have a few other items in my desk organizer. Rather than cramming random items in my drawers, I put some blank index cards for easy access to writing down notes when I answer my phone. 

2. Clear out the paper on your desk at the end of the day.

This is such a beneficial task at the end of the day that I sometimes take for granted. Some mornings I come into my office after NOT having done this the day before and immediately regret it. Throughout the day, I use my letter tray to collect papers I don’t always have time to deal with immediately. I may go through it during the day, but that is not always guaranteed.

Begin by separating papers into their function or what you need to do with them, as well as making a “toss” pile, as some of it will need to be thrown away. 

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3. Use a sorter to organize paper. 

So you’ve gone through all the papers on your desk as the end of the day, right? Now you’re wondering what to do with the 15 piles of paper you’ve gone through! (I promise if you do this daily, it won’t be 15 piles!) Sorting your papers is crucial to being productive. First, you need to decide how to categorize everything. My letter sorter stays pretty simple because my file box is for more permanent papers. Currently, I use “To Do”, “Important”, “To Mail” “To File” but your possibilities are endless. Think of what your day is like, and how paper comes in and out of your office, and design labels that help you contain everything. 

4. Discard something. Anything. 

Y’all I am not kidding here. It really is okay to throw something away. My own fiancĂ© loves to keep the most random stuff, so I know what you’re going through. Sometimes I’ll find I’ve written down a to do list on 5 different pieces of paper, so I’ll combine them to one page. I scratch off as I go, mark off what has already been accomplished, and toss the extra pages. As much as I keep a planner around, I still end up using sticky notes, index cards, etc to jot things down quickly before actually adding it to my planner. Things like pens that don’t work, non business receipts, junk mail, etc can be tossed easily! Unless a receipt is actually a business expense, you don’t need it, so throw it away. 

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5. Use a wall paper or file holder.

I use my wall file holder in both my office, and at my front door at home. There is always something that you need to take with you when you leave, and it is easier to find (and remember) when it is located next to the door. This is especially beneficial for mail that needs to go out, important papers you need to give to someone, papers that need to go home with you, etc. Plus, this also doubles as a place for others to leave messages or papers for you. 

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Disclosure: Staples sent me a pieces from their Acrylic Collection in exchange for writing a review on my blog. Opinions expressed here are my own.

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3 Comments

  1. May 13, 2016 / 9:57 AM

    Wow, those are some nice products! I like the modern, minimalist design. Would be great for my office.

  2. December 19, 2016 / 3:15 AM

    I just got an office so this was VERY helpful, thank you!!

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