Even though the weather isn’t cooperating and it doesn’t feel like it, Spring is here! And that means Spring cleaning! Oh boy does my house need it! This is when we open the windows, air out the house and get going on those corners we’ve been neglecting all winter long. But no more! It’s time to get it straightened out and put back into place. One of those horror corners for me is my office desk. Since I can’t actually write in there any longer, due to needing to keep an eye on Jade while I work. I have let my desk go into a “drop all” spot. But it’s spring cleaning time! It’s time to clean it up so I can find everything and have better office organization.
Spring Cleaning; Starting with Office organization tips
The best way I know how to begin is how my mom taught me. You need a clean surface to even begin working. Plus if you start with a clean surface, you will be less tempted to cut corners. This is Spring cleaning! You can’t cut corners. That is what we did in the winter which got us to this mess to begin with!
Spring cleaning Office organizing tip #1: Create a clean space.
Remove everything off the desk. Then take time to clean the surface. Dust it. If it needs a deeper clean, use gentle cleaners and a soft rag. Make it shine beautifully. If you can, move the desk and vacuum all around and under. Then move the desk back and continue to vacuum around it. Make the entire area clean.
Now you have a clean space to start organizing as you sort through everything you just removed from the desk.
Spring cleaning Office organizing tip #2: Begin Sorting
Sort through everything you removed. Sort by 4 categories
- Keep handy
- Keep but remove from area
At the end you will be able to easily drop the trash items into the trash or recycling bin. The File items can then easily be filed away into an expanding file. It is really helpful in keeping track of financial papers, medical paperwork, tax returns and W-2 forms, work related papers, and Jade’s therapy paperwork. All things I need to file, but I don’t need on a daily basis. These would be types of papers you would want to file. But still need to be organized for easy finding later on.
The keep but remove from area are items that have gathered in your area but don’t belong there. Like Jade’s Princess carriage piggy bank. I also found some Christmas supplies. What? How did those get there? So these are items you want to keep, but belong in different areas of the home.
With trash gone, items filed, then you have the papers or items you want to use on a daily or weekly basis. These can be stored neatly inside the desk or in a desk paper organizer for handy access.
Spring cleaning Office organizing tip #3: Utilize Office Organizing Supplies
You want to take advantage of office organizing supplies that can help keep things organized. The last thing you want is for your desk to return to its previous state of disarray!
An officemate recycled Rotary Organizer OIC26255 is a great office organizing supply! You can gather your pens, pencils, tape, sticky notes and much more and have it all centralized! It is easy on organizing and helps keep it all at easy access. Plus I love that I no longer have to have my pens and clips rolling around in my drawer and unable to find them! It even is its own Tape dispenser! How cool is that? I just wish it had a spot big enough for my big stapler.
The downside to the rotary organizer is that it doesn’t stick to the surface. It is suppose to turn easily. And it does if you don’t have a slick surface, which is quite rare on a desk. My desk is slick, so the rotatory organizer just slides around when I go to turn it. Instead of staying put and turning. I think if they would just add some foam type material to the base to keep the turn track in place it would solve the issue.
I placed a mouse pad underneath and that seems to have given it a little more traction. It’s still not how I would prefer in the ease of turning, but it is better. But it is truly amazing at helping me get my office supplies organized.
And if you remember, I said that I also have a mini office in the living room. This is so I can blog and write and still keep an eye on Jade. I can’t close off in the office and work while she is awake. She is a toddler who gets into too much trouble without constant and direct supervision. So I moved my laptop out to the living room so I can keep a closer eye on her. The trouble is that means my blogging paperwork comes out with me. And she is always getting into it, writing her cute notes on my pages. But also it gets scattered across the end of the couch.
To organize these I need a way to keep my mini desk organized while on the go. And that’s where the Officemate Portable dry erase clipboard case OIC83382 comes in handy. I put my blogging papers inside, as well as my mini notebook and pens. Then close it up! All contained and no little girls writing all over my papers.
Plus it just makes my mini desk look better. I can even clip my most important notes on the outside with the clipboard. Or use the dry erase board on it. It has worked amazing for spring cleaning my mini desk area in the living room. The only draw back to this one is that the inside pocket for papers is just slightly too small to fit my regular spiral bound notebook. I can’t get it to close. So I switched notebooks and it works well now.
Spring Cleaning final Step: Enjoy!
Ok, you have probably spent quite a lot of time spring cleaning, organizing and what not. Now it is time to sit back and enjoy it! There may be many other Spring Cleaning projects waiting to get done. But you need to take time to enjoy what you have just accomplished. By enjoying it; it spurs on more enthusiasm for the next spring cleaning projects. Like that toy closet where you’ve been hiding toys deciding what to do with them. Or the craft room that looks more like the aftermath of a tornado than a craft room. But you‘ve done amazing today! Give yourself a pat on the back! And enjoy what you have accomplished.
What are your Spring Cleaning tips for office organizing?