Barbara Reich of Resourceful Consultants eliminates clutter as a way of life by using a 360-degree approach.
If you're looking for more time in your day, try Reich's simple organization tips. For example, just keeping a cup holder or horizontal desk organizer filled with pens, pencils, scissors, a ruler and letter opener, tape dispenser and stapler within reach will save you the time of getting out of your chair to reach basic office supplies.
A quick look at Reich's 9 tips for home office organization illustrate how it pays to be proactive rather than reactive. Being prepared and handling paper as it comes in saves a lot of effort over time. For more information about how Reich tackles organization with a 360-degree approach, visit her website.
Office Organization Made Easy
9 Ways to De-Clutter Your Office Space from Organizational Expert Barbara Reich
- by Jason Schneider
What better time than the New Year to clear the clutter from your office and streamline your everyday life? Organizational expert Barbara Reich of Resourceful Consultants offers these tips to help you keep your resolution to be more organized.
An efficient workday starts with an efficiently organized workspace, Reich says. These simple tips will transform your office into a professional area that inspires focus, determination and hard work—helping you make the most of your daily routines.
1. Tackle the Tough Task
Do what you dread most first—the rest of the day will run more smoothly without that dreaded task hanging over your head.
2. Clear Your Desk
Take time to file your papers. Not only will your office look better, it will feel calmer without sheets of paper scattered all over your desk. Process what comes into your office on a daily basis to avoid a backlog.
3. Fight the Onslaught of Paper
Discard all catalogs, solicitations and advertisements you get in the mail immediately. Personal correspondence, bills and necessary financial documents should all go in an inbox and then be addressed weekly.
4. Be a Minimalist
Don’t clutter your desk with tons of pictures, knick-knacks or other distractions.
5. Stick to a Routine
Get in the habit of doing things the same way every time—if you always put your keys in the same pocket of your handbag without fail, you’ll never scramble for them again.
6. Keep Necessities in Arm’s Reach
Fill a cup holder or horizontal desk organizer with pens, pencils, scissors, ruler and a letter opener. Also have a tape dispenser and stapler within reach. You shouldn’t have to waste time getting out of your chair to reach basic office supplies.
7. Maximize Vertical Space
Use empty walls for bookshelves and wall units for extra storage.
8. Eliminate Email Clutter
Don’t save emails as a visual reminder to take action. Too many emails are visually chaotic and can have the opposite effect.
9. Minimize Stress by Being Prepared
At the end of each workday, make a to-do list for the next day. Knowing what’s ahead of you will let you unwind that evening and start the next morning in an organized way.