- Purge your office – get rid of everything that you don’t need or want. Look around your office, if you have items that are just there and serving no purpose and are not getting used, it’s time to toss it. Anything in the office should be fair game. If it’s broken and needs repairs you should stop and ask yourself, “am I really going to fix it?” If the answer is no then throw it away. Get rid of the clutter and your office will feel much bigger.
- Put everything away – This may see like an odd step to do at the beginning, but it is easier to organize your office if your items are where they belong. So put everything in it’s proper place.
- Establish “zones” – figure out what type of activity happens in the different areas of your space. The most common zones are: a main workspace (desk ) a reference area (filing cabinet and shelves) and a supply area (closet, shelves or drawers.)
- Make it convenient – Place the supplies that you use most within reach or in drawers in your desk.
- Label everything – Get a label maker that’s simple to use. Label shelves, bins and drawers. This will remind you where things go and to help you maintain your organization as well as help others who may have a need to find or use,anything from your office.
- Change the filing system – You may be able to eliminate some of the files, folders, and papers in your office. If you have the storage to keep digital files, it will save you a ton of space. This will be time consuming to convert everything to digital files, but it is so worth it. With that being said, make sure you are doing regular back-ups. Tip: you should always keep important documents in a hard copy.
- Organize your drawers – Use drawer organizers to help you divide your items. These will also make it easier to find things in your drawers. It is also recommended that you have one drawer for supplies and one drawer for your personal items.
- Maintain it – the most important step is to keep up with your organization. Enjoy your organized office!