De-clutter your life

If you’ve let your clutter get out of hand – now is time to have a clear out before the Christmas and New Year madness. Too much clutter and mess can have detrimental effects on your home and work life.

Read on to find out how order and organisation affects productivity levels and why following our top tips to de-clutter your life can lead to a more successful career.

Why should workspaces be kept tidy?

Not only can a messy desk space be detrimental to your productivity and motivation, it is likely – especially in ever-popular open plan offices – that your co-workers are judging you on how clean or dirty you keep your workspace. A messy desk has a negative effect and portrays yourself as unproductive and disorganised to your co-workers.

It has been reported that if you have a cluttered workspace or office, you show yourself to be less efficient. Disorganization is said to suggest a degree of incompetence that clouds your abilities. Therefore, if you are hoping to progress in your career, you run the risk of jeopardizing your chance as you portray yourself to be disorganised and unable to cope with an increased workload.

Furthermore, although you may understand your own filing system of organised chaos, when you are absent from work, it can make it incredibly difficult for your colleagues to find vital pieces of paperwork or information to take over your role.

A few tips on how to maintain a tidy desk and a tidy mind

  1. Set a weekly agenda for cleaning

Setting up a routine for cleaning either at work or at home might make it that bit easier to keep on top of your home/office space. Take an hour out of your schedule at the end of the week, to delve deep into the files that have been piling up on your desk. Organising them and cleaning your workspace will put you in a good headspace when you return to work after the weekend.

  1. Don’t make piles use files!

Making piles of paperwork does not reduce clutter. If you require multiple documents to be stored for a long period of time, then consider appropriately archiving them with suitable filing solutions, such as Leitz’ suspension filing or lever arch filing ranges. Giving items a designated place and setting limits on the amount of items you store in each place will ensure your desk does not become too crowded. When your filing system begins to overflow, throw out the oldest documents. Alternatively, if they’re too important to discard, digitally archive them.

Note: Keeping documents for over a year not only creates clutter but it also raises data security risks. Furthermore, ensure you and your business are up to date with the new data protection regulations before the GDPR deadline in May 2018.

  1. Get rid of your ‘just in case’ items

Be honest with yourself about which items and documents have value. Think about which unnecessary things you are holding on to ‘just in case’, and whether keeping them is more hassle than it’s worth. There’s no reason to keep things that don’t work, that you don’t need or that you don’t particularly like.

  1. Don’t forget to digitally de-clutter

In today’s digital society, people store their lives on their computers, smartphones, and within e-mails. If not properly maintained, it can be hard to find important items and stay organised. Therefore as you reorganise your home and office – don’t forget to organise your digital life!