Saturday, 18 October 2014

Office Organisation 101


I'm in the middle of redecorating my office/study, and it has been a HUGE project. I sold a couple of big bookcases and my old desk that I've had since my uni days. Believe me, It was time for an update. If I'm disorganised, my work space can get super messy. And when my desk is a mess, I just can't seem to get work done. So while I was redecorating, I decided to de-clutter and reorganise everything as well. Here's how I transformed my office space.
Read on.

Start from scratch 
As a teacher, I receive a lot of cute little trinkets from various kids, which I love, BUT these gorgeous little pressies can truly lead to clutter. So while redecorating I did a HUGE clean-up, took everything off my desk, out of the drawers and started from scratch.

Re-evaluate your belongings
 I often get in that mindset that everything seems important. For some reason I feel that I have to keep a whole lot of random stuff. My mind says, "Hey, you might need this one day." And honestly, it really needs to go.

Everything needs a place
 Once I figured out what to keep, I needed to consider how to organise my office supplies. The stationery I use most often went into the closest drawers,  and I placed all paperwork and documents into different trays for immediate/continuous/completed tasks.

Take a photo
 I love this idea. It can be hard to look at your work space objectively and see where the clutter accumulates. So taking a few photos of the area can really help you look at your desk space from a different perspective.

Create hidden storage inside drawers and cupboards
 This ensures that everything has a home.

Reboot your work space
 While I'm working, my desk gets incredibly messy. And I'm ok with that. But when it stays messy day after day... then that's a problem. If I see a big fat pile of papers sitting in a huge stack on my desk, I'll ignore it. To make sure that this doesn't happen, I force myself to clear my desk every evening. It takes 5 minutes to straighten things up, and get it ready for the next day.

Don't go overboard
 There's organisation, and then there's obsessing about organisation. To be honest, I'm pretty lazy when it comes to putting things away. And obsessing about the perfect desktop is just too stressful. Sometime you just have to know when enough is enough.

Love, Elle xo
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