Declutter Your Workspace With These Great Organization Cheats

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Find out how to make your workspace more functional!

Streamline Your Workspace

I have to confess something: I suffer from messy desk syndrome. I work from home as a freelance writer and live in a one bedroom apartment with my fiancee so my desk is stashed away in a corner of the kitchen. With the limited storage space, it is a constant struggle for me to keep my desk cleared off and find room for all the office odds and ends I have.

That's why I began doing some research online and found a few great ways to declutter your workspace and make it a more functional environment. The Princeton University Neuroscience Institute published a study that found that clutter "restricts your ability to focus," "limits your brain's ability to process information," and "makes you distracted," making you less productive.

When the clutter builds up, it doesn't take much for me to start stressing out. The good news is that keeping clutter at bay can also reduce the stress in your life. Ari Meisel, the founder of Less Doing, More Living, says, "Being organized helps with a sense of control...We all need some control in our lives in order to stay motivated."

If you're looking to get your workspace in order, reduce stress, and productive, you've come to the right place! Keep reading to find out how you can make your workspace more productive in just a few easy steps.

1. Get Rid of What You Don't Need

The first thing to do is go through your workspace and get rid of everything you don't need. I know this can be tedious, especially if it's been a while since you've purged your paper files, but it will make the following steps so much easier to accomplish if you get this done first. Recycle any old papers, receipts, or documents you don't need any more, and toss out anything else you don't need. Reducing your workspace to the things you actually need and use will make it a lot more functional.

2. Make Organizers Your Best Friend

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(Left: Madesmart Interlocking Drawer Organizer, Center: Large Adjustable Vintage Rustic Wooden Office Desk Organizer & Mail Rack, Right: FJÄLLA Storage Box)

There are tons of office organizers out there that will help you get that mess under control. Drawer organizers will keep your drawers in order while desk organizers will allow you to keep what you use all the time organized and within reach. File folders, storage boxes, pen cups and more will help keep you on track!

3. Utilize Your Wallspace

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(Left: EKBY ALEX Shelf With Drawer, Right: MYRHEDEN Memo Board)

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(Left: KVISSLE Wall Magazine Rack, Right: SKÅDIS Pegboard)

Wall space is probably the most under utilized thing in a workspace. The thing is that it is perfect for organization! Magazine racks designed to hand on the wall will help keep your papers organized. Pegboards, memo boards, magnetic boards, and cork boards are all great to hang up anything from business cards and important notes to photos and motivational quotes. Wall shelves are also great for storage. Keep your reference books up there or anything else you need to store in your office.

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4. Don't Forget to Declutter Your Computer!

Your computer is as much a part of your workspace as your desk is. If it isn't organized, it's likely to cause the same stress and anxiety a messy desk will. The best course of action is to get that computer organized too! Go through your files and delete anything you don't need. Back up your important files to a cloud or external devise and organize everything else. Seriously, you'll thank yourself the next time you log on and can actually see your computer background for once.

5. Add the Finishing Touches

Make your workspace somewhere you actually want to be. Add a few plants to bring some life into your office. Get a few posters or some wall art that you love. Create a vision board so you're able to see your goals every day. Add a few fun touches like a Funko POP figure of your favorite character. Make your workspace truly yours and you won't dread spending time there.

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