Cut clut­ter to cut down on your stress

Re­search shows an or­gan­ised workspace lends it­self to greater ef­fi­ciency, peace and pro­duc­tiv­ity

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Or­gan­is­ing and styling a workspace – whether at home or your place of em­ploy­ment – can help fa­cil­i­tate greater clar­ity, headspace and pro­duc­tiv­ity.

To help Aus­tralians eas­ily cre­ate a pos­i­tive, clut­ter-free work­ing en­vi­ron­ment, Of­fice­works has teamed up with pro­fes­sional or­gan­iser and de­clut­ter ex­pert Ge­orgie Rees, of Clut­ter­fly, to pro­vide prac­ti­cal tips.

Ms Rees says in the first in­stance, think about the kind of mood you would like to set through colour schemes and de­signs, and what the key ar­eas are in your space that you would like to im­prove. She says this will help give you clar­ity and pro­vide a clear di­rec­tion to start your over­haul.

“Start by de­clut­ter­ing your space, get­ting rid of any ob­vi­ous ex­cess pa­pers, files and fold­ers on your desk. Once com­plete, or­gan­ise what’s left,” she says.

“Leav­ing ‘empty space’ in a work­ing en­vi­ron­ment is a good thing. Don’t be tempted to fill a shelf or cover a clear ta­ble with magazines for the sake of it,” she says.

Ms Rees says walls are of­ten not utilised enough, but pro­vide a bril­liant op­por­tu­nity to add colour and ad­di­tional stor­age to your workspace.

“If you have a free wall, why not use paint to trans­form the area?” she says.

Psy­chol­o­gist and The Pos­i­tiv­ity In­sti­tute founder Dr Suzy Green (pic­tured) says sig­nif­i­cant re­search high­lights the ben­e­fit of an or­dered, de­clut­tered en­vi­ron­ment. “Clut­ter can have a neg­a­tive im­pact on sus­tained at­ten­tion – a high level of vis­ual stim­uli in our en­vi­ron­ment is nat­u­rally go­ing to com­pete for our at­ten­tion, mean­ing it can be dif­fi­cult to get what we need and quick,” Dr Green says. “This can re­sult in feel­ings of stress and over­whelm, which should be avoided in any work­place.”

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