It’s spring cleaning season, which means you’re probably thinking about busting out the feather dusters for another year. But before tackling the spare room or the garage, should you be looking more closely at your workspace? This week we’re looking at how you can revitalise your work space and hopefully improve your efficiency along the way.
If you want to feel inspired or just better about your own workspace, try checking out the desks of powerful people- Are you inspired by Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, who prefers a minimalist space purged completely of clutter? Or are you more interested in Al Gore’s organised chaos? And of course, we couldn’t miss out that iconic photo of Steve Jobs’ sparse apartment floor.
If the thought of tackling your home office makes you shudder, you might want to consider calling in some experts. Some home cleaning and moving companies offer general decluttering services, but you may find it more beneficial to go with a business that specialises in home office decluttering or try to find a local bespoke “clutter fairy” who can identify what you need to throw out to make your office more efficient.
It’s easy enough to throw all your junk out and start from scratch, but how will you set up your workspace to avoid future clutter? This Lifehacker article describes a great system to use for your desk: treat it like a cockpit, where only the most important things are at your fingertips. And it explains how you could improve your efficiency by working from left to right - ie, putting all your equipment on the left side of your desk and leaving the right side completely clear.
Stuck for ideas about where to store all those papers now that you’ve cleared your desk? Or the plethora of electrical leads and cables spreading through your office? Well, start looking at how you could repurpose a few everyday household items to keep your clutter manageable. And check out this Pinterest board filled with outstanding - yet simple - decluttering tips.
Have you got a sure fire way of de-cluttering your workspace? Or think there’s a great tip that we’ve missed? Hit us up on twitter or leave a comment to let us know - and have a great weekend!