Cut clutter to cut down on your stress
Research shows an organised workspace lends itself to greater efficiency, peace and productivity
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.”