Having an organized office is essential if you ever want to get any work done. I’d suggest organizing your desk first and then work your way around the room. Maybe you need to de-clutter a bookshelf? Or organize your files?
If you have an office closet, you know that they can easily become a dumping ground for so many different things. We have board games, a guitar and office supplies in ours! It was getting a bit out of hand though, so this week I decided to clean it out and really get serious about getting it organized (and keeping it that way).
Guess what? It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be.
Take It Out & Clean It Up
The very first thing you need to go is clear EVERYTHING out of the closet. Even if you plan to put something back in the exact spot it’s currently sitting.
Vacuum or sweep the floor and wipe down shelves, walls and anything else that’s dirty. Don’t forget the cobwebs up in the corners!
Have Separate Piles
I always have 4 separate piles when I’m organizing:
Keep (things you will put back in the same space)
Give Away (things to donate and things to sell)
Trash (broken items, etc.)
Move (items that belong in another area of the house)
Don’t try to have a bunch of separate piles such as: bedroom, living room, garage, my desk, for sale, donations, blah blah blah. Too many piles make the situation worse. Stick to 3 or 4 piles and no more than that.
As you’re going through everything from the closet, put each item into it’s respective pile. Remember the 3 second rule – once an item is in your hand, you have 3 seconds to decide where it goes. Keep, toss, sell/donate or move.
Make A Plan
Once your piles are complete, you need to come up with a plan for organizing your office closet. What types of items will be stored inside? What is the best spot to put your extra paper and desk supplies? What should be stored on the shelf/shelves?
Here are the simple little zones I created in our office closet:
Shelf #1: Board games.
Shelf #2: Printer paper, craft supplies, extra filing cabinet folders, packing supplies.
Floor Area #1: Greeting cards, extra notepads and lined paper, batteries, small desk supplies (staples, thumbtacks, paperclips, pencils, etc.), oversized board game.
Floor Area #2: Guitar, office supplies (each drawer has things like blank DVDs and envelopes, computer CDs, label maker, etc.), paper tray (this has some lined paper, page protectors and baseball card holders – for my coupon binder).
Your office closet most likely looks different than ours, which means your organization plan will be different than ours as well.
Keep It Up
Once you are finished, admire your work. Then – keep it up! Don’t let your hard work go to waste. Remember to always put things back where you found them and don’t ever just open the door and throw something in there. It only takes an extra minute to put items back in the right place. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather spend one minute to put things away, instead of spending an hour re-organizing the entire closet!
Did you do any organizing this week?