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Revamp Your Workspace: Declutter and Organize for Clarity, Creativity and Productivity

New Workspace- Declutter and Organize for creativity, clarity and productivity

If we have learned nothing in the past few years, especially since the pandemic, we should have learned that the less stress we have the better our overall well-being. I think I like Medline Plus’s definition of stress the best; they say, “Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension. It can come from any event or thought (the stressors) that makes you feel frustrated, angry, or nervous. Stress is your body's reaction to a challenge or demand.”  They further state that “Anxiety is stress that continues after the stressor is gone.” I don’t know about you, but my office space (the event – yes going to work is an event) stresses me out if it’s cluttered and disorganized; I lose focus and my productivity plummets.

Most of us spend a great deal of our time at work, whether we are working from a home office or the work office. Having a well-organized and inspiring workspace is essential to aid us in the “stress-free” process. Your desk/workspace is not just a place to work; it's a reflection of your personality and a catalyst for creativity and productivity. Let's explore ways in which you can transform your workspace into a clutter-free, productive, powerhouse.

Let’s Declutter and Organize for Clarity, Creativity and Productivity

1. Zen Minimalism

Embrace the power of simplicity with a Zen-inspired office setup. Clear your workspace of unnecessary clutter and keep only the essentials. Invest in multifunctional organizers and storage solutions to keep your desk uncluttered. As Marie Kondo would say, "The objective of cleaning is not just to clean, but to feel happiness living within that environment." And we can all agree, that if our workspace isn’t a happy space, neither are we!


2. Vertical Organization

Maximize your desk space by thinking vertically. Install floating shelves or wall-mounted organizers to keep your essentials within arm's reach. Utilize wall space for pegboards, whiteboards, or corkboards to write or pin important notes and inspirational images. This not only frees up your desk but also adds a visually dynamic element to your workspace.

Floating shelf for organizing

3. Personalized DIY Desk Organizer

Inject a personal touch into your workspace with a simple DIY project. Create a personalized desk organizer using old mason jars, wooden trays, or even repurposed shoeboxes. Paint them in your favorite colors or use decorative paper to give them a unique flair. This quick and easy project can be completed in less than 10 minutes, adding both functionality and personality to your desk.

4. Deep Clean Once a Week

Toss the stuff you don't need anymore; scrap paper, old flyers, pamphlets, dried-out pens & markers. Pack away the things you aren't currently working on or don't use often. Wipe and sanitize.

5. Keep a Notebook Handy

How many of you have multiple pieces of paper with information sprayed across your desk and then they get lost in the mayhem? Keeping a notebook handy helps you keep important jottings in one place. It’s easier to find, which ultimately reduces your anxiety, aka stress.

6. Go Digital

Not all documents need to be kept in the physical format.  Scan your documents. Trash the ones not needed and appropriately store the ones you need to keep. Digital storage is easier to retrieve and minimizes physical storage which can be very costly, unsightly, and stressful. Try Dropbox, One Drive, Google Drive.

7. Sort Your Computer

So, your desk is clutter-free but your computer desktop looks like a nightmare?  Your desktop is an extension of your desk – it’s your workspace too; it's time to streamline and organize your files. Create folders; delete the unnecessary; and organize the rest!


Space Optimization Tips to Embrace

1. Cable Management

Tame the cable chaos with cable organizers or clips. Neatly bundle and label cables to avoid a tangled mess. Check out this cable organizer bag!

2. Dual-Purpose Furniture

Opt for furniture with built-in storage, like desks with drawers or ottomans that double as storage units.

3. Utilize Vertical Drawers

Choose desks with vertical drawers to save floor space and keep your essentials organized.

4. Foldable Furniture

If your workspace is limited, consider foldable or collapsible furniture that can be stowed away when not in use.

5. Under-Desk Storage

Use the space beneath your desk for storage baskets or bins to keep items out of sight but easily accessible.


Desk Side Storage

Get Creative by Adding Your Personal Touch

1. Inspirational Quotes and Art

Frame your favorite quotes or display artwork that inspires you. Surrounding yourself with positive messages can boost creativity.


2. Personalized Stationery

Invest in stationery that reflects your personality, from colorful pens to unique notebooks. It adds a touch of personal flair to your workspace.


3. Greenery

Bring nature indoors with small potted plants or succulents. Not only do they add a touch of freshness, but they also improve air quality.


4. Memorabilia

Incorporate personal items like photographs, souvenirs, or mementos that remind you of positive experiences. However, you want to limit this as it can make the space cluttered – don’t overdo it.


5. Color Palette

Choose a color palette that resonates with you. Whether it's calming blues or vibrant yellows, colors can significantly impact your mood and productivity.


In Conclusion

As you embark on the journey to revamp your workspace, remember that decluttering and organizing is not just about tidiness but also about creating an environment that fosters clarity, creativity, and productivity. So, roll up your sleeves, get creative, and watch as your workspace transforms into a hub of inspiration and efficiency. Your organized desk is not just a space to work; it's a canvas for your unique personality and a launchpad for your brightest ideas.


Deon Cecile 



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Marsha Dennie
Marsha Dennie
11 січ.

Thanks for sharing these organizing tips. I am already doing some of them - I have a cable organizer and I use stationery organizers at work and at home. I am however sometimes guilty😔 of writing on scraps of paper at work. Sometimes to my distress, I can't find some of the papers when I need them. I will therefore be ensuring that I have a notebook at hand.

Deon Cecile
Deon Cecile
24 січ.
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You are most welcomed Marsha. Happy to know that you are already on your way to an organized space. It took me years to stop using bits and pieces of paper to take notes, especially when I've always had loads of! Now everything goes into my notebooks.


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