I spend a huge portion of every day in my office. My office is a teeny tiny space and keeping it organized can be challenging. When my office space is cluttered then my mental space is equally cluttered which prevents me from working to the best of my ability. I've found that when my office is clean and there is less clutter then this encourages my creativity and productivity. Every day is different in my world which means I have tons of email to send out, customers to respond to, orders to fulfill, important documents to file, accounts to reconcile and I could go on and on.
I have developed a few ways to keep my office clean. Reference this list. Save it! Start being more intentional about keeping your happy place and happy space free of clutter and well organized.
Keep your essentials close. If you use it everyday it should be on your desk or in a desk drawer. If you use it once a month or once every 6 months tuck it away in a closet. You don't need to see it everyday. Do what works for you.
Assign a space to everything. If it is in your office it needs a forever home. This helps when you use things around the office and afterwards you can put it back in its home to prevent further flutter. This will help with tracking down those missing scissors and your stapler.
If it is trash-throw it away. Don't even bring junk mail in the home or office just throw it out.
Let it go. If it is unnecessary try not to hold on to it and let it just pile up. Cute things are just that cute but are they functional. Figure that out and you can decide what to keep and what to let go.
Papers have a shelf life. Put expiration dates on important documents like tax filings. When the time is up-shred it and move on.
Invest in pretty storage pieces that bring you joy. Hid the clutter using pretty boxes, crates and bins. This helps make the office space comfortable, pretty and tidy.
End your day by tidying up the space. Every day start over with a fresh, clean office.
Do you have some tips for keeping your office tidy? Share in the comments. I'd love to get your feedback.