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5 Ways to Purge a Messy Desk
June 19, 2017
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5 Ways to Purge a Messy Desk

You know it’s a problem when your coworkers shudder as they pass your cubicle. But enough is enough when you can’t get your work done. So do yourself a favor and use these five tips for a cleaner office space.

1. X-nay the paper

Paper clutter is often the number one problem when it comes to messy desks. Ask yourself: Do I really need this? If you can’t think of a reason why, it needs to go. If you can’t get rid of it, invest in a personal scanner. Scan all your documents onto your computer and organized them by year, month and then category.

2. If the pen doesn't work, toss it

We’ve all been guilty. We scribble with a pen and find out it doesn’t work. Instead of throwing it away, we place it right back into our cup holders. Among conferences and meetings, some workers can accumulate over 100 pens at their desks. Out of those, only 5-10 work. If you don’t have time to sort through them, purge your writing utensils to nothing and start with a fresh 10-pack of pens.

3. Dust like a champ

Chances are that if you couldn’t see your desk you probably didn’t wipe or dust it. Give your space a proper wipe down with sanitation or microfiber cloths. Make sure to lift up items that usually remain immobile. This includes phones, computers and even memorabilia.

4. Update hardware

Maybe it’s been a while since you’ve updated your office supplies, but these days many items —such as a stapler remover, stapler holder and stapler— are all consolidated into one product. While it’s nice that your stapler from 1950 has survived, streamlining your office supplies will make your desk much neater.

5. No food at your desk

It probably grosses out your office mates. Throw away anything that has been sitting longer then 2-3 days. Likewise for any office mugs that haven’t visited the break room dishwasher in a while. Once cleared, make a pact with yourself to eat in the break room. Not only will this keep your desk clean, but also it will encourage you to socialize at work.


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