Tips To Reduce Desktop Clutter

You know it’s time to de-clutter your desk when there isn’t even enough room on it for your morning coffee. And what about underneath 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 get to your keyboard. Thankfully, there are simple solutions to both lessen the clutter atop your desk and get rid of the sprawl of computer cables and wires under it.

  1. Tackle the wires – There are two good options here: one economical way is to invest in a few large binder clips. These clips, obviously, work great for keeping papers in order. You may be astonished at how effective they are for keeping computer cables under control too. The more expensive option is to invest in wireless charging pads. These pads allow 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 easily connect these devices to one mat-shaped device, often called a powermat, to recharge them, again significantly reducing your reliance on computer cables and power cords.
  2. Reduce desktop clutter – If your desktop is cluttered with paper, you can lower this by just using less paper. Seems self evident right? We are much more reliant now-a-days on digital communication. Therefore much of the information you need is available in your email. You can manage that info within your email or you can use a program like Evernote to keep your notes safe and digital. Often, our desks can become cluttered with papers. If you do need to keep papers, ensure you file them away ASAP. This will keep you organized and your desk clear.
  3. Throw things away – Become good, too, at throwing things away. If a client provides you with a sample of a book that you’ll never read, either pass it along to a fellow co-worker or donate to your local Goodwill. If you receive a memo you are sure that you’ll only look at once, recycle it. The quicker you move items off your desk, the less likely you are to clutter your workspace.

Posted on: 12.21.12