Life Made Easy
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1 KEEP VISUAL CLUTTER TO A MINIMUM “Stationery, paperwork, electronics and personal items are the top culprits of messy desks. Your desk surface is not a storage space – anything you don’t use daily should be cleared from it.” • Stationery: Keep one of each item that you use daily in your pen cup; put bulky stationery in drawers. • Paperwork: Have an inbox for all incoming items and empty it before leaving the office every day. File paperwork into ring binders and arrange them neatly under your desk or in cupboards. • Electronics: Place your desk phone on the opposite side of your writing hand. Tie up speaker, mouse, drawing-tablet or keyboard cables neatly. • Personal items: Limit them to one section of your desk. When space runs out, remove an older item before adding something else, so you’re making a conscious decision about which items to display.
2 DON’T LET YOUR FEELINGS TAKE OVER “It’s natural to feel pain when getting rid of things, but don’t focus on the loss. Ask yourself if an item helps you to achieve a goal like finishing work on time or feeling happier about work. If not, discard it. Designate a box for things you’re unsure about and revisit it in three months. If you haven’t used the items at all, say goodbye to them. Take breaks if you have many items to purge – you may dump something you like or need when you’re tired.” MAKE IT A DAILY HABIT “The effort of tackling clutter can be a big psychological barrier, so we put it off and everything keeps piling up. Prevent this by taking five minutes at the end of every work day to clean up. If you take longer than five minutes, consider how and where you store items. They should be within easy reach so that you can return them to the right places quickly.”
“A messy desk stifles productivity and is stress-inducing, especially if you can’t find something you need urgently. An organised desk helps you work better and gives you an instant energy boost when you start work every morning!”
San, a former industrial engineer, knows how clutter can ruin beautifully designed spaces. A fan of homemakeover and interior-design show, Clean House, San founded Edits Inc. in November 2012
so she could use her skills in warehouse design
and operations management to help homes and ofces stay clutter-free. Here are her tips for maintaining an organised workspace.