We spend a lot of time at our desks. It’s where we need to be creative, productive and – hopefully – engaged and motivated!
Sit back and critically examine your desk space. Is it making your day harder or easier? Are there items you need that aren’t within reach? Are you happy with both how it looks and makes you feel?
If you’re ready for a clean slate and a desk makeover, here’s our seven steps to a total desk makeover!
1. Dedicate some time to a serious Spring clean!
Do you know what all those random papers are? Are half your pens out of ink – or are a disturbing number missing? Are there unidentifiable marks on your computer and phone? Can you close your drawers easily?!
Your aim here is to clean and declutter before beginning the organisation and styling steps.
2. File and organise loose papers or documents in folders – then label it all
There is often important information, including research and presentation notes or inspirational pieces, that we need to keep to hand. For these items, you should store and label them for easy access so that your desk space still looks calm and co-ordinated.
3. Add functional and attractive desk storage
If you don’t have drawers, you should consider adding useful desk storage for anything from files to stationery essentials. There are many attractive storage options available so you can stay organised without feeling hemmed in.
4. Evaluate wha tools you need to use regularly and add them to your desk
Items you don’t use daily are still annoying to have to constantly borrow or dig around for. Think: ruler, stapler, sharpener, scissors and sticky notes. Having these to hand will save you time and frustration.
5. Customise your space to your needs
Now it’s time to think about your work habits. Do you sit at your desk for long stretches? Then use a drink bottle to keep yourself hydrated without risking spills. Do you need a lot of tech? Then it’s time to get those cables out of your way.
6. Decide on an organisational system that works for you
A paper diary is a great place to start. Do you make a lot of appointments and need a diary with a daily layout? Or do you just need a snapshot? A weekly or monthly dairy might do. Perhaps you like to see everything in front of you? A deskpad could be ideal to try. Or perhaps you want to try something new, like the bullet journal method…whichever works for you!
7. Ensure you have a back-up notebook, pen, pencil and to-do list ready to go!
If you want your space to look and feel its best, having co-ordinated stationery that appeals to your taste and needs is helpful and neater. So decide on some matching notebooks, pens and even a to-do list pad to make your work life more seamless.