Albert Einstein is quoted as saying “if a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” In a cluttered mind though, it can be difficult to sift through the chaos to get at the information and ideas that are needed.
Work environment can be a big influence on productivity. The flustered feeling that comes with mess has helped popularise advisers like Marie Kondo, who recognise that some of us need for a guiding hand to get ourselves organised.
You might not want to go to the extremes of throwing everything away, or might not be able to. If you’re planning a new work environment, or desperately need to reorganise an existing one, read on for some easy ideas for clutter free workspace.
A stack of things on the edge of the desk, or a mess of tools on the end of a workbench, are taking up valuable space. Having to rummage through everything to find what you need or pushing things aside to make space gets frustrating. Buy or make effective storage to help group together relevant items. It frees up room, and saves time looking for them.
Organise your space with wall mounted or stackable storage gets everything out of your way until it’s needed. Plus, a clear space is much easier to clean effectively!
Trailing wires are a health and safety risk at the best of times. They can be a trip hazard, or snagging them might drag items off a work bench or desk. A mess of cables can also be tricky to keep clean, and make moving things around more complicated than it needs to be. Cables everywhere are also a visual distraction but one which is fairly easy to solve.
Feed wiring through cable tidies so that it’s all grouped together, which is safer and much less messy. Use the cable holes built in to furniture where it’s available, or use wall hooks to at least hold wires out of the way.
Daily clean up
Even if it doesn’t seem like much, cleaning up properly at the end of every day means not having to deal with the monster of all tidying up tasks after a few weeks. It’s amazing how quickly everything builds up, so prioritise your work area, tidy everything away to its proper place, and you’ll be ready to get straight down to work the next time you need to.