Our own organizational expert, Linda Rothschild, is sharing her tips on how to create a perfectly organized and functional work station. Follow these steps, and you'll more productive in no time! Read the complete story on Gilt.com.
Get rid of clutter.
Only what you use on a daily basis should be on the desk top," Linda tells Gilt. "Feel what it's like to sit behind a desk that's clear."
Organize your drawers.
That's where the things you don't use frequently and regularly should be stashed, out of sight. The solution? Try expandable drawer organizers. "Each item has its own compartment so it doesn't feel overwhelming," says Linda. "They fit any drawer, and make you feel so much more put-together."
Make a place for the paper.
You may have heard of the paperless office or the touch-it-once rule. "Those are practically impossible," says Linda. "Things get stuck on your desk because you don't know what to do with it or where to put it." So make a place for papers. Have a step file for things you're actively working on, and a "to-do" box or in-box, she says. "That's where you put things where you're waiting on a call or have to fill out a form or mail you haven't opened. It's a catch-all." Warner likes a pair of not-huge stacked in and out boxes. "If they're too big, it's easy to have them overflow and not get to the things on the bottom," she says.
Set out photos of loved ones, if that motivates you - but don't go overboard. "Watch how many photos and inspirational things you have. That becomes clutter. After a while you don't see it and it becomes distracting," says Rothschild. She likes one family photo on a desk... "but five, six, ten-then it's taking up valuable space."
To-do reminders are fine for a bulletin board, but again, be mindful of the clutter! "If it's more than a couple of Post-its, it's no longer a reminder," Rothschild says. She prefers to make her stickies and lists electronic, so she can move them from one device to another and easily delete completed tasks.
Now that you've tidied things up, how do you keep them that way? "Notice what's getting stuck on your desk," she tells Gilt. "For instance, if you find a lot of mail that's not opened, you know you have to deal with it better. It takes two minutes to look at mail everyday; if you leave it on your desk, it becomes a project." She likes a "midday sort," where you get up, stretch, and then do a quick check of everything that's piled up so far that day, putting things in their place. "The more you stay on top of it," she says, "the less it becomes clutter."