Each year, the second Monday of January marks National Clean Off Your Desk Day, and this year it falls on January 8th. This day provides a great opportunity to begin the new year with a clean and organized work space. If you’re anything like me, there is no doubt that having a work space that is uncluttered and clean helps you work more efficiently and makes you feel at ease. If you need some help with organization tactics to tackle your mess, check out the following 5 tips to help you clean off your desk!

  1. Throw away unnecessary items get rid of as many unimportant items as you can until you are left with the bare necessities – these items may include scrap paper, documents you no longer need, and/or flyers that have piled up over the months.
  2. Store unused clutter anything you decided to keep but don’t need on a daily basis should be stored elsewhere so that it doesn’t continue to pile on your desk. It is important to get into the habit of putting these items away after you have used them, otherwise they tend to accumulate on your desk. Keep as little on your desk as you can apart from items that you regularly use.
  3. Arrange items logically position items on your desk that will maximize productivity while eliminating potential clutter. Your monitor should be in front of you at eye-level and frequently used items (phone, folders, pens) on your dominant side to avoid having to reach across your desk and knock things over. Check out the photo below from CNN Money for an idea of how to organize your items:Organized desk
  4. Prioritize your work flow only keep relevant work on your desk. This includes any active projects and documents. Prioritize your files with marked folders depicting their urgency to keep your desk from being covered in papers.
  5. ┬áHave an “In-Tray” put a tray on your desk for co-workers to drop paperwork into to avoid having it scattered across your desk. Once you have the opportunity, you can look over these documents and put them into their designated folder.

What are some ways that help you keep an organized work space? Comment below!