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Decluttering and Organizing the Office Zone



I spend a lot of time in my office, so it is important to me to have it a place where I want to be. I work with clients who have offices that they hate to enter. When office work needs to be done, they pull out what they need and work elsewhere in the house.


How can a person make their office into a place they love?


1. Remove all visible clutter. Clutter is stressful and reminds us of all that we have not taken care of. Clutter on the floor, on the desk, on the filing cabinet, on the bookcase are all distractions and keep you from being productive. Tackle one area at a time – I like to start with the floor. Decide where everything should go. Is it now trash? Does it need shredding? Does it need filing? Does it just need to go to another room? Make those decisions and then act on them.


2. Zone out your office. Start with your desk. Only have in or on your desk the things you use daily or at least weekly. This is your prime real-estate so don’t clog it up with rarely used items. Furniture nearby like bookcases and cabinets is where you keep items you use monthly. This might be books that you reference or files that are used monthly. This might be where you keep your project boxes. Depending on the size of your office, storage of extra supplies or items that you use once or twice a year could be stored in another room or closet. Archival papers can be stored in the top of a closet or in the attic. Keep your active workspace clear.


3. Invest in good lighting. I work in my office at various times of the day, so lighting is important to me. Several years ago, I got rid of my desk light to give me more workspace and put in overhead spotlights. I am also lucky to have a window. Find the right light for you and don’t make do with poor lighting.


4. Decorate with things you love. Meaningful art on your wall can inspire you and invite you to settle into your office. You might even have a meaningful picture or remembrance on your desk. Have a few things that make you smile. However, don’t overdecorate to the point that you have visual clutter.


5. Bring in some nature. Bringing in plants or cut flowers can reduce your stress and increase your productivity. I not only have plants and flowers, but I also have space for a small fountain. Being lucky enough to have a window, I can also look out and see a couple of my birdfeeders.


6. Keep your office clean. Not only do you want your office clear of clutter, but you also want to keep your entire office clean. Set up a maintenance schedule for dusting and sweeping as well as clearing your desk. Once a year schedule a deep clean where you also clean windows, vents, wipe down walls, etc.


It doesn’t matter if your office space is a complete disaster or just needs a little tweaking, develop a plan now to make it into the perfect workplace for you. You will notice that your productivity increases and your stress decreases with an environment that is tidy and welcoming.


If you want help in setting up your office or just some accountability in completing a project, organizing a space in your home, or managing your time join Diane Quintana and me on our Clear Space For You clutter support group.


Jonda S. Beattie, Professional Organizer owner of Time Space Organization, and co-owner of Release, Repurpose, Reorganize. She is based in the Metro-Atlanta area. As presenter, award-winning author, as well as a retired special education teacher she uses her listening skills, problem solving skills, knowledge of different learning techniques, ADHD specialty, and paper management skills to help clients tackle the toughest organizational issues. Jonda does hands on organizing and virtual organizing. For more of Jonda’s tips connect with her on Facebook.


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phaedrastudt
13 thg 1, 2023

Thanks for sharing! My husband and I are going to be doing an office refresh soon, so these are good tips to keep in mind.

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Julie Bestry
Julie Bestry
11 thg 1, 2023

I'm with you! I can't stand a lot of fiddly things in or near my desk, and while papers and accessories do tend to pile up during the work day, it's essential to me that I clear everything from off and around the desk at the end of the work day to start fresh in the morning. Lighting is so important, and it's probably the one area where most people fall down on the job. My office is a repurposed dining room, so the main source of light is a chandelier; all natural light is on the other side of my home, where there's no convenient space for an office. In general, the light I need for making videos or…

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Jana Arevalo
Jana Arevalo
10 thg 1, 2023

This is very similar to how I clean up and declutter, but I'd never thought of it in the "zone method" that you reference. I love your tip about good lighting! During the day my office gets plenty of natural light, but I need a better solution at night. I don't even want to go in there after the sun goes down. My desk definitely gets cluttered up very easily, so I think resetting it daily would be a great way to cut down on the clutter.


Thank you for this article!


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jondab
jondab
11 thg 1, 2023
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The spotlights in my ceiling definitely helped my lighting situation and are so unobtrusive.

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Janet Barclay
Janet Barclay
09 thg 1, 2023

I've eliminated a lot of items from my desk and elsewhere in my office, but it still feels cluttered. Probably because I have a laptop connected to an external monitor, a photo scanner, and a ringlight for online meetings. I move the light out of the way if I'm not going to have any meetings for a few days, but other than that, everything needs to stay where it is.

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Linda Samuels
Linda Samuels
09 thg 1, 2023

I love all the ways you described for creating a positive office environment. As you said, if you don't like the space, you won't want to work in that area. It will affect your mood and productivity too. A bunch of years back, I finally got the office of my dreams (purple sparkly knobs and all!) My husband helped me design and build a space that took into consideration ALL of my workspace needs. This is my happy place. I like being here even when I'm not working.


And when I am working, everything I need is there to support me- technically, physically, emotionally, and visually.

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jondab
jondab
09 thg 1, 2023
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I love my office. When we first moved here, I set up my office and enjoyed my office but there were some things I just tolerated. My coach told me to make a list of things I was just tolerating and make a plan to change them out. I keep tweaking my office - just a little over a year ago I commissioned an art piece from a friend of mine, and I love what she did!

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