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3 Simple Steps to an Organized Desktop

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
by Sherry Castaldi
Category: Home Organizing

Does the thought of organizing your desktop bring music to your ears for the anticipation of the neat and orderly results of this accomplishment or does it bring painful groans of displeasure wondering how you will accomplish this seemingly impossible look for your desk?

As is the case with many tasks and projects; if we break it down into smaller parts than it’s not so overwhelming.  Of course, there is always the super easy way out and that’s the complete one swipe and into the box removal.  Quick, easy and painless but I don’t think that’s really what you want to do.  So let’s take a look at a more organized and orderly approach.

1. Assess

  •  First, assess and take stock of what is on your desk. Consider what items you need to address   such as; paper, files, and office supplies, along with any random items on your desk.

2. Store

  •  Next, you will need to decide how to store these items that are currently on top of your desk.
  • For example: if you have piles of papers that need to be filed, it’s understandable you may not be able to file them all at this moment. However if you can; go for it right now and file them away! If not, consider a folder or letter tray labeled “TO FILE” so you can organize those papers into one designated area. Now remember at some point you will need to actually file those papers.
  • If you have mounds of files and are working on multiple files at one time, you may not want to put them all back in the filing drawer and that is ok. However to store those files in a more orderly fashion, you may want to consider a file folder for keeping them upright or letter trays to keep them tidy and easily available to you without each and every single file stacked high on your desk.
  •  How about supplies? Do you have notepads, pens, pencils, paperclips, etc, strewn about your desk? Consider a desk organizer to keep those items neat and contained yet easily accessible to you.

3. Remove

  •  And finally, miscellaneous items that have no relevancy to your work area on your desk should be removed. You may even find some items that are trash which is a super quick removal.  Here is where the one swipe and into a box is a handy option.  However, you will want to return all of those random items such as; books, magazines, empty coffee cups, etc. to their designated homes.

There you have it, 3 easy ways to tidy up your desktop! Optimize your productivity while at your desk by using these 3 simple tips of Assess, Store and Remove, to keep your desktop neat and organized.

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