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7 Tips to Keep Your Desk Clean, Organized & Productive - For a cleaner lifestyle!

Cleanliness leads to more productivity. If you have the habit of easily cluttering your work area, here is a list of tips that can help with this problem.



Boxes help keep the desk tidy. Keep a box that will be devoted to serving you as an 'Inbox'. We do have different inboxes in our emails to keep us organised. However, a physical box that is designated to serve you as an inbox, will make your desk tidier. This place is where you'll keep all the papers that are incoming to reside in until you have the time to check it out. Besides, you can also invest in a document manager, the likes provided by Orange HRM, to get you more organised with things.


Trash cans

Your trash can needs to be within your reach. When it is kept on the other side of the room, you will notice that papers that you don't have any use for anymore, starting to accumulate. Therefore, it's crucial that you have a trash can within your reach to quickly and easily discard trash.


Reduce the amount of paper coming in

This is another vital step. First, you need to start noticing the pattern of papers coming in, especially the ones you don't need in paper. Once you've realised that, you can cancel on unwanted subscriptions, memos, and reports. This will reduce clutter in the long run and get you more organised with things. And like mentioned, a clean desk will lead to more productivity.



One day, just sit back and see through all the things you have lying around. Do you really need all this stuff? If not, it's time to start discarding all these unnecessary items from your desk. If you have no use for it, get it out of your way, and make space to work on your desk.


Scheduling cleaning times

This is another aspect that can help in keeping your desk clean. What does this involve? Well, like aforementioned, you need to set a time to clean your desk space. And this needs to be regular! If you have a practice of doing something daily, you'll see that you will need only a few minutes to clear things.


Don't throw your trash

Yes, this is crucial to establish a clean working space. Don't discard your trash on the ground. If you have this habit, then be warned, you'll need a lot more cleaning time in the long run. To clean your desk and floor. Always hold the trash in a space until you can get to that trash can to throw it.


Taking Pictures

How does this help in cleaning? Well, we all have a habit of laying things on our desk, in order to remind us of doing something later. For instance, you may leave your ink cartage on the table for a refill. Without doing this, start taking pictures of it. When needed, you can quickly reference them on your phone!

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