Office essentials on top of a desk

A clean and uncluttered workspace is extremely vital, especially if you spend most of your time doing work at home. But creating a workspace that will make you more productive isn’t as easy as it sounds.

If this resonates with you, you might be looking at ergonomic chairs or industrial desks for sale. But before you pull your credit card out, below are some tips to get your desk space to work better for you, along with extra tips on how you can properly store all the office supplies to avoid clutter.

Where to Start?

While sitting on your chair facing your desk, stretch those arms out wide. Only things that you need to use every day must be placed in this space. Then you need to designate a specific spot in your workspace for paperwork that you have to deal with on a regular basis. You can go with the usual paper tray for storing paperwork that requires your attention. Although this will help clear your desk, you can also consider a file sorter that’s vertical so you can find things faster.

What to Do with Items You Want Near You, But Not on Your Desk

For things that you don’t regularly use, but want to have easy access to whenever you need to reach for them, consider bigger storage pieces such as an ottoman/storage or low-lying credenza and open shelving placed to the side or behind your desk. You could still access these things easily while getting more desk space. In addition, extra office supplies must not take up valuable space on your desk. While having a standard supply cabinet might be good, you can also opt for nice containers that will match the style of your home office; these also take up less space. Just make sure to label your containers properly so you won’t have a difficult time looking for stuff.

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What About Your Desktop Computer or Laptop?

A great option to create additional space is to have a shelf made below the surface of your desk or prop your equipment on an elevated surface. This way, you can hide your keyboard or laptop when you’re not using it. This will likewise give you extra space when you are poring over paperwork, drawing, or drafting. Or you can use magazine files for storing bulkier things you need to store near your workspace.

What If There’s a Wall In Front of Your Desk?

Consider using the wall space in front of your desk by hanging wires on it for clipping ideas, work inspiration, or magazine tears. You can also opt for a corkboard bulletin board for tacking up stuff you need to look at every day or every week.

What About All Your Paperwork?

Each piece of paper that will pass through your workspace must be placed in their designated places, even those that will be shredded and recycled later on. Just get some bins for storing paper for shredding and recycling and label them properly.

So before buying that desk you’re eyeing, assess your workspace and figure out what you need to keep and organize. Once you’ve done that, follow the tips above to make your desk and entire workspace as conducive to work as possible.