HOW TO TIDY THE STUDY OR HOME OF­FICE

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BE­FORE

Piles of papers, mag­a­zines, books, mail, post-its, pens, high­lighters, and other of­fice sup­plies dot the desk’s land­scape. Along with phys­i­cal mess comes men­tal chaos, in­ef­fi­ciency, and most im­por­tantly low pro­duc­tiv­ity.

AF­TER

Vi­su­alise a workspace that works for you. Sort through your items and eval­u­ate them on use­ful­ness.

Pick them up, ex­am­ine them closely, and ask your­self: “What is this item’s pur­pose? Does it make me happy?” Then, cat­e­gorise your sta­tion­ary or of­fice sup­plies into three broad sub­cat­e­gories—equip­ment, pa­per-re­lated sup­plies and let­ter-writ­ing sup­plies. You can break these down fur­ther if you have more cat­e­gories.

Store all items per­tain­ing to one cat­e­gory in a tray or box for ease of use and dis­play these just like in a store so that every­thing is vis­i­ble at a glance.

Add a small or­na­men­tal plant. Don’t make your study or of­fice solely prac­ti­cal. It’s im­por­tant to add a playful touch pre­cisely be­cause it’s a work space.

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