Sharing a space can be challenging, especially a busy office space. As we so often see in our homes, clutter can be quick to take over and disrupt our lives. With most businesses transitioning back into working in an office environment, it doesn’t come as a shock that there might be an adjustment period for some employees. Organizing the office doesn’t have to be an overwhelming challenge. In fact, organization can be achieved just by chipping away at the workplace little by little during the week. If you want to maximize your organization skills, read on for some helpful tips to tackle clutter and keep your office running efficiently.
Providing On and Under Desk Storage
Things like pens, sticky notes, and notepads are easily accumulated when you work in an office setting. It sometimes seems easier to just have everything in neat piles on a desk, but that doesn’t leave a very good impression, especially for customers. Messy office spaces can give off the impression of disorganization and chaos, and even decrease productivity in the workplace. Having small things like pen cups and drawers under desks, can greatly reduce the amount of visible clutter and increase productivity among employees.
Supply Closet Disaster? No Problem
Every office has that one small space where all of the supplies are stored. Usually areas like this aren’t as high traffic as the rest of the office, leaving them untouched and collecting dust. Checking in on this area of the office and wiping down the surfaces in the closet is one small way to take care of your space. And the next time someone has to grab something from the closet, your future self and your employees will thank you!
Keeping the Kitchen Clean
Kitchens are some of the messiest rooms, both at home and in the office. The more people you have using a kitchen, the more potential you have for a mess. One way to keep this area clean is to regularly assess the space at the end of the day, wiping down any spills or crumbs that may be sitting on the counter or in the fridge. If you have a microwave, cleaning it out once a week is beneficial to keeping this space tidy. Additionally, keeping the fridge stocked with essentials such as water bottles and having a few snacks on hand, can have a positive impact on your employees.
Checking In On Your Filing System
Despite being in the digital age, many companies still have important paper documents and files that need to be filed properly each day. In some cases, these documents may get out of hand or seem overwhelming, even if you have a filing system in place. That’s why it’s so important to regularly check up on these documents and keep your filing up to date. Depending on how many physical documents you have, taking some time out of your day – or even just once a week – to assess your files and organize as needed, can save you from a file pile disaster and increase productivity.
Implementing all, or even just one of these tips can make a big difference in the workplace. As you spend just a little bit of time each day organizing, they will eventually become habitual, saving you many future headaches and giving you more time to focus on your work.