Day 2 of the 10 Days of Organization: Organizing Your Work Space:
Okay everyone, Day 2 should be just as easy as Day 1, if not easier. Remember, we are starting off slow, but soon I won’t go so easy on your guys! Today, we will be organizing our work spaces. Work spaces can mean different things to different people. Some people may think of their work space as a desk or table, while others may think of an entire room or other. Whatever the case, this post will help you get organized, as being organized will help you work to your fullest potential!
Step 1. Remove EVERYTHING from your desk, table or area. Okay, super easy and simple enough. Remove everything form your area so you can start with a clean slate. This includes things from your drawers if you have them as well as your lap top, even things from your bulletin or chalk board if you have them up as well. (If you have a desk top computer on your desk, don’t move it, i’ll let you slide).
Step 2. Wipe down all the surfaces. Dust off and wipe down your work space before putting all your items back.
Step 3. Sort through your stuff to see what is needed and what is not. You don’t necessarily need to start tossing things out unless its very obvious you wont be needing them anymore. My suggestion is to make a pile of stuff you might “no longer” need and keep it all together. Whether in an archive box or folder, until you are certain you no longer the stuff in there, it is best to keep them somewhere safe for the time being.
Step 4. Start re-placing the items back into or on your work space. In this case less is more. Only add items back to your work space you absolutely need or use. The less clutter, the better.
Step 5. Keep the area neat and tidy! In my opinion, the hardest part about organizing a work space is actually maintaining it. Make it a priority to stay organized in the new year!
Work space items worth investing in:
Paper and storage bins. If you don’t want to spend a ton of money on bins for your work space, check your local dollar store. You’d be surprised what you’d find there. Dollar store bins seem to not come in cute colors. This is where you can get in touch with your inner D.I.Y side and get creative with a can of spray paint and your bin!
A small recycling bin and garbage can. I don’t think I even need to give a reason for these two items, lol.
Plants. It doesn’t have to be big, a cute potted plant will do. Plants are known for bringing life to any space. Studies show that plants help with work productivity as well as raises spirits.
A comfy chair. You will more than likely be spending a lot of time in this seat. Why not make it comfortable!
A small bulletin, chalk or dry erase board. This is very optional if you have the space for it. I find it easy to jot things down super fast on my dry erase board. I also pin stuff on my bulletin board that makes me smile and reminds me of my goals and what I am working towards while working in my work space.
A lamp. Like I said before, these accessories don;t have to be big, just big enough to help you see and work better. Two great places to find adorable (budget friendly) lamps are Homegoods and Target. (The stores I feature in my post are stores you can find all over the East Coast. Are there any stores on the West Coast that the East does not have for great home finds? Please feel free to comment below!)
A small wall calender. (This tip is clearly not geared towards the Apple users or those who swear by Google Calendars!) I know, I know, paper calendar’s are pretty much a thing of the past with all the technology we have these days, but I have to tell you, I still use a paper calendar, as well. Don’t get me wrong (or mad at me for that matter), I love my phone calendar too! It’s just that sometimes I find a small wall calendar is a handy when on deck, when I am really into my work.
One of my all time favorite places to shop for all things organization Special Savings clearance and sale items. You’re sure to find a great deal there!)
Stay tuned for Day 3 of The 10 Days of Organization!
You can check out Day 1 here!
How do you keep your work space clean and organized? What do you think of Days 1 and 2 of the 10 Days of Organization? Feel free to comment below! All comments welcome!