You know you’re ready to de-clutter your desk when there is not even enough room on it for your morning coffee. And what about under your desk? Does it resemble a snake pit of cables and wires? It’s hard to work when you have to shovel past papers to reach your keyboard. Happily, there are simple approaches to both decrease the clutter atop your desk and get rid of the sprawl of computer cables and wires under it.
- Tackle the wires – There are two good options here: one inexpensive way is to invest in a few large binder clips. These clips, of course, work great for keeping papers in order. You could be astonished at how effective they are for keeping computer cables under control too. The more pricey option is to buy wireless charging pads. These pads enable you to charge everything from a wireless mouse to a digital camera to your smartphone. No longer will you need dozens of wires to plug into your mobile and wireless devices. With a charger, you can simply connect these devices to one mat-shaped device, known as a powermat, to recharge them, again significantly reducing your reliance upon computer cables and power cords.
- Reduce desktop clutter – Often, our desks can become cluttered with papers. The easiest way to reduce this is to use less paper. We rely so much on digital communication it is an easy switch to use programs like Evernote to store your notes. Also, try not to print documents, just store articles and reports in folders on your computer. If you must print things out, file them the instant you are done reading them. This will keep you well organized and reduce clutter.
- Throw things away – This may sound simple, but it’s amazing how frequently we will write ourselves a note on a sticky note and not dispose of it when we no longer need it. Additionally, after a meeting, we may not need to keep a printout, yet we do. These notes and papers can accumulate. Practice throwing away the things you no longer need or have a digital copy of.