- Use a damp cloth to wipe down the surface of the desk, removing dust and dirt. If possible, raise computer and telephone equipment to get underneath. Allow to dry naturally or, if you’re pressed for time, dry with a clean cloth or towel.
- Start replacing the larger items such as files and folders, and along with anything that has a definite space where it belongs, such as a notepad that should be kept beside the phone. Be sure to keep regularly used items handy and easily accessible.
Desk Tidy Ideas: Clear the Clutter
Once all the large and important items have been replaced onto the desk in a neat order, it’s time to start thinking about the smaller items. This is usually more difficult as smaller items often don’t have definite places where they belong, meaning they frequently become strewn across the desk. Want to know how to organise your desk to get rid of the clutter? Here are some handy hints:
- Use a desk organiser, or two, or three, to keep small items together in one place. Standard desk tidies often include a dedicated space for pens and pencils, pins and paper clips, scissors, and rulers, although more advanced versions also include spaces for notepads, sticky notes, books, and even tablet PCs.
- If your desk has drawers attached, use them, and if not, considering purchasing a small set to fit underneath the desk, or to one side, to act as additional desk storage. Drawers are excellent for safely storing small, fiddly items that could become lost on the desk, and drawers with locks are a good idea for securely housing confidential materials.
How to Organise Your Desk: Install a Cable Tidy Box
If your desk contains a lot of electrical equipment such as computers, telephones, monitors, and lamps, you may have a bit of difficulty keeping the cables from tangling, and keeping the cables organised. If this is the case, a desk cable tidy could be the answer. A cable organiser can take many forms, whether than be a box, a cage, or a piece of rope or piping, and its job is to not only hide cables from view, decluttering the desk area, but also to keep the cables untangled, straight, and protected from the likes of feet and chair wheels, which can cause damage.
Once you’ve tidied your desk, you should be left with a refreshed mind, and workspace to help you work as productively as possible!