Office organization essentials

Are desk distractions preventing you from getting down to business?

You’re not alone. Maintaining an office space where you can find items quickly and easily will allow you to be more efficient and productive. Keeping clutter out of sight doesn’t have to take days. Each year, 34 million tons of paper enters landfills around the globe. This is due to poor recycling habits, lack of awareness, and limited collection bins set up in home and office environments.

Place a ‘shred and recycle’ box beside your desk.



The most effective approach to dealing with paper piles is to avoid creating more of them. Make it a priority to stay on top of any new paper that comes in. If you’re going through a backlog, be sure to recycle everything you no longer need.

Be proactive moving forward: avoid printing unnecessary email correspondence, documents and invoices. Also, try to use digital references instead of hard paper copies.

Jot everything down.

Declutter your mind: start using a calendar and to-do lists! The more projects, commitments, and worries floating around in your head, the harder it is to focus on your work. No more random post-it notes. No more desk clutter. Put it all in one place. Hit the ground running so you can stop asking yourself “now what did I need to do next?”

Before the end of the day, take a few minutes to plan your to-do list for tomorrow. This will make a huge difference between organization and chaos the next morning.

Messy desk vs clean desk

How do you stay organized during office hours? Do you have any tricks up your sleeve?

Sam Landa edits the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? blog and is Content Manager and social media manager at 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Environment & Sustainability, and in her spare time, she enjoys playing live music and writing. Connect with Sam on  or LinkedIn.

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