Organizing your office isn’t easy. But working with a disorganized mess is almost impossible. Stacks of papers, books, memos, mail, and other office supplies get in the way and seriously hamper productivity.
Marie Kondo, organization wizard and author of the international best-seller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has some effective tips that can help you get your workspace neat and functional again.
Here’s her “secret” to home office organization, in three easy steps.
- Discard first. Store second.
This step is all about reducing the amount of possessions you have. Start by discarding items in your office according to rule #2 (below). If there’s a book you think you *might* read one day, it should be discarded: “Sometime means never,” she says.
Allow yourself to thank any discarded object for the service it’s given you.
- Does it spark joy?
Step #2 makes some people feel silly initially, but it works. As you analyze every single item in your office, ask yourself, “Does this object spark joy?” Since this is an office space, there are times that your answer will be “no;” however, if an item is absolutely necessary to get your job done, then you can keep it.
- Give everything a place.
This is the fun part. Set aside an afternoon and decide where to place every object in your office.
Everything should be grouped with similar items that have similar functions.
Now, just keep your workspace tidy by putting things away as soon as you’re done with them. You’re sure to notice a surge in productivity and job satisfaction.