Quick Tip: Two Ways a List Can Help You Declutter Your Desk

*This post was updated September 10, 2015.

Recently, I wrote a guest post for Eych2.com and shared five creative strategies you can use to unclutter your desk. And, today I’m sharing a sixth thing you can do keep desk clutter to a minimum.

Did you know that a simple list can also help you bring a little order to your workspace?

Two Ways a List Can Help You Declutter Your Desk

1. To Do List. Make a list of all the things you need to do to clear your desk at the end of each day.

Include things like:

  • Wipe desk and clean up spills
  • Remove trash and recyclables
  • Organize cables and wires
  • Put pens, markers, and other writing tools in pencil cup (or desk drawer)
  • Put priority files in view (e.g., in a desktop organizer or file holder)
  • Put non-priority files away

Take out your checklist 15-30 minutes before you leave your office (or will stop working in your home office). Then, check off each action on your list so that your desk is work ready and decluttered for the next day.

2. Stop Doing List. You can also make a “stop list” for things you should stop doing so that your desk can stay (mostly) clear. That way, you’ll have less cleaning up and organizing to do.

Here are some things you should stop doing:

  • Mixing personal and business files together
  • Leaving out confidential files
  • Leaving receipts strewn about
  • Keeping printer paper and other non-essential items on your desk
  • Letting trash pile up
  • Eating at your desk

Have a look at your stop doing list periodically throughout the day to help keep your desk clear so that you don’t have a big pile up at the end of the day. Use the list as a reminder, especially on days when things are a bit hectic. Remember, if your desk is mostly organized during the day, you’ll have a better chance of getting stuff done!

What do you do to keep your desk clutter-free? Please share in the comments.

Hey there, I’m Deb. I’m a Digital Business Coach, Certified Professional Organizer®, speaker, and productivity consultant. I’m also addicted to apps and love helping Small Office and Home Office entrepreneurs use technology to be more productive.

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