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Having an organized workspace is the number one thing you can do to boost your productivity and get more done. I know I’m able to get so much more accomplished when my desk is uncluttered and my office is clean. Mostly because everything is put away, where it’s supposed to be and I’m not preoccupied with thoughts of: “I should just clean that mess up real quick and put these things away, then I will be able to concentrate and get some work done.” Needless to say, an hour later I haven’t done anything, not any work or any cleaning, I’ve just been sitting there thinking about everything I should be doing. That’s when I start to freak out a little and realize I’ve wasted the entire morning…UGH!!!
But all of that changed once I started following these 5 basic tips and cleaned my office ;), I’ve been way more productive and much more organized and I’m sure you will be too!
As you’re reading this, please keep in mind that my office is also my craft room and that many of the tools and supplies are kept together in the same areas.
5 Tips for a More Organized Workspace
1. The more you use it, the closer you keep it.
Make a list of the supplies you use all the time. These are the things you want to keep closest to you, ideally, within arms reach. If you have limited space you may want to break down your list to only those items you use multiple times a day. For example, stapler, pencil sharpener, calculator, paper clips, tape etc.
I keep a lot of my office supplies and my most used scrapbooking tools on a little roll cart like this one. It’s perfect because sometimes I work at my desk and sometimes at my scrapbook table and this cart easily rolls back and forth between the two without a hassle or taking up too much space.
2. Simplify, simplify, simplify.
Take some time to sort through all of your stash and get rid of everything you don’t use anymore. This will give you a pretty good idea of what you have on hand. Then, from now on, only buy supplies you need and only when you need them.
3. Everything in its place.
Commit to putting things away when you are finished. This is a big one for me. I have a terrible habit of not putting things away when I’m done working on a project, that’s how my office got to be such a mess to begin with. I used to have a bunch of pretty boxes stacked 2 or 3 high with all my supplies. This turned out to be a hassle all the way around! I had to move a bunch of things to get something out of one of the boxes and then I would never put it back because it was too much of a bother.
Now, I’ve exchanged all those boxes for open bins that I can quickly and easily pick something out of them and drop it back in when I’m done. But, I’ve also made a conscious effort to put things away when I’m done with a project and that’s half the battle!
4. You won’t use it if you forget you have it.
Keep an inventory of your non-consumables (things you only buy once: stapler, printer, electronic equipment, paper trimmers, decorative scissors, stamping sets etc). This is especially important for the scrapbooking side of my office but it will work for any hobby that has lots of tools and equipment.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve bought duplicate stamps or punches before I started keeping an inventory of my scrapbooking supplies. Those types of things can be pretty pricey and a total waste of your hard earned money if you already have one at home and don’t even need it. Honestly, haven’t you stood in the store and wondered “do I have the 1″ or 1.5″ circle punch at home?” I know I have haha 🙂
5. Accept your own personality.
Always remember to be yourself, especially when you’re roaming through all the amazing ideas on Pinterest. Just because something looks good in a picture doesn’t mean that it will work for you, in your home or that it will even be functional.
Instead of getting discouraged, take a good look at the picture and figure what about it that’s making you love that space. Then find a way to bring only that element into your room and make it work for you. If it works for you then it’s right for you!
These tips can be applied to any profession, they’re not just for your home office. Go back through tips above, take the basic idea from each one and apply it to your office, craft room or even garage and the tools you use on a daily basis.
How do you organize your workspace to be more productive?
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