Find out why purging your desk is a good and achievable goal! Plus, what are the desk essentials everyone needs? We’re sharing the top items that feature on our desks and in our work lives.

The chaos of a cluttered desk can make it difficult to focus, and lead to a sense of frustration and stress. It’s time to put the focus on a tidy workspace and see how it can positively impact our daily lives.

Find out why keeping your workspace tidy is a good and achievable goal! Plus, what are the desk essentials everyone needs? We’re sharing the top items that feature on our desks and in our work lives.

A Messy Desk Is Never Just A Messy Desk

A desk with too much stuff affects us indirectly by influencing our moods and triggering our anxiety and stress.

People might cast a harsh or untrue judgment about your character if your desk is unkempt and dirty. Furthermore, your boss and desk neighbours won't be happy if your mess isn't contained or is a sight for sore eyes.

Remember that your mess doesn’t only affect you but can impinge on other people’s work experience and overall state of happiness. A tidy workspace and removing your rubbish shows respect to others around you.

If you're new to a company, you could be unfairly judged or overlooked for promotions because of these undesirable traits. It might also portray you as a person whose lack of organisational skills creeps into their work. A few minutes of tidying up, wiping down and reorganising is worthwhile if your career advancement is on the line!

A desk with too much stuff affects us indirectly by influencing our moods and triggering our anxiety and stress.

Find Things More Easily

It's hard to find exactly what you're looking for if your workplace is chaotic and covered in papers and things. A tidy workspace can lead to increased productivity. When everything is in its place, you'll be able to work more efficiently and get more done in less time. You won't waste time searching for items or trying to figure out where to put things.

Finding the tools or information you need kills productivity, disrupts your train of thought when you're on a roll and wastes precious minutes if you're adhering to a strict deadline.

Helps You To Work More Efficiently

A tidy workspace can also help to increase your creativity. Studies have shown that physical clutter can interfere with your ability to think creatively and come up with new ideas. 

Also, having multiple tabs open on your laptop, having documents from different projects in sight might remind you about everything you need to get done. Even if you're masterful at multitasking, working this way isn't all that efficient and might even be stress-inducing if there's a lot on your plate.

Good For Your General Health

Disturbing fact; office equipment is estimated to be 400 times more filthy than an actual toilet seat. Yup, you read that right. The office space is a breeding ground for various diseases, including COVID-19.

Another key benefit of a tidy workspace is reduced stress. A cluttered and disorganized desk can be overwhelming and contribute to feelings of anxiety and stress. On the other hand, a tidy workspace can help you feel more relaxed and in control. Keeping your workspace spotlessly clean isn't just good for your mental wellbeing but keeps you healthy.

Here's How to Become more Organised

From the big things to the little things, here are our top tips for tidying up your workstation and becoming clutter-free.

There's a good chance that you'll have to do a full sweep of your workstation if you're guilty of hoarding.

There's a good chance that you'll have to do a full sweep of your workstation if you're guilty of hoarding.

Be Mindful About What You Chuck Onto Your Desk

Declutter your desk. Start by getting rid of anything that you don't need or that is taking up valuable space on your desk. This may include papers, pens, or other items that you no longer use.  Put these tools back in a desk drawer or where they belong to minimise your visual clutter and create a tidy workspace for yourself.

If you're worried about safety or losing precious items, you can always store valuable items hidden in a personal locker.

Go Digital

You can maintain a litter-free and tidy workspace and do your bit for the planet at once by going paperless. Online storage systems like The Cloud make it easier to store and access all the resources you need in one space.

Going digital can include adding appointments and meetings to a digital calendar, rather than using sticky notes to remind you about upcoming events that can easily get lost in the chaos.

Online storage systems like The Cloud make it easier to store and access all the resources you need in one space.

Keep Your Cables Together

Having cables and cords lying around looks messy is distracting, and if you have pets around, it can be a dangerous choking hazard.

Tidy up your workspace by tethering them out of the way in a neat bundle, out of sight and out of mind.

The same goes for electronics that don't need to be on your desk like your router with its annoying, blinking light. These gadgets can be kept hidden if they serve no purpose positioned on your desk.

Having cables and cords lying around looks messy is distracting, and if you have pets around, it can be a dangerous choking hazard.

Put Office Supplies Away And Toss Old Pens & Stationery

Having office supplies scattered across your desk looks sloppy, and if it's shared equipment that's permanently stationed at your desks, it prevents others from using what they need to perform their jobs.

Put these tools back in a desk drawer or where they belong to minimise your visual clutter.

Clear Your Computer Of Unnecessary files

Your workspace might be spartan, but what does your PC's desktop look like?

Having to sift through a digital mess of files and icons to find what you need can be mentally taxing. Save yourself the stress by performing a weekly cleanup.

What Do I Need On My Desk To Help Me Perform Better?

Now that we've looked at all the non-essential items a workstation can do without, what must-haves motivate and support productivity?

In the many months that you've been forced to work from home, you've probably tried and tested a few makeshift workstations experiencing varying degrees of success. You've probably reached similar conclusions on the below.

A bed or sofa offers plenty of comfort to the user, but it puts you in the wrong mental state to perform meaningful work. Working from a comfort-focused home presents with it a unique set of challenges, which is why it's essential to carve out your workstation with a desk, chair and various other pieces of office equipment.

Like your mattress, a chair that you're sitting on for approximately eight hours a day must be comfortable and support your back. Find an ergonomic chair that provides ample comfort and back support.

Once you've set up a desk and chair, you should organise a desk lamp. To work at peak productivity at home or the office, you need balanced lighting. Working in the dark or relying solely on fluorescent overhead lighting affects eyesight and lacks ambience.

Nice-To-Have-Office Accessories

Ergonomic seating and desks might not be out of the realms of your budget if you're working from home. However, you can still spruce up your workstations inexpensively with the following items.

Upgrade the dining room chair that you're using to work with a seat cushion. Protect your spine and feel more comfortable in a seat that's not designed for prolonged use.

Not everyone likes to remain seated in the same spot every day. Switch from your desk to the balcony using a laptop tray.

As these are compact and portable, you can move them around when you decide to switch up your scenery.

As these are compact and portable, you can move them around when you decide to switch up your scenery.

Stress-Relieving And Lifestyle Amenities

Stress can slow you down and hinder your working performance. Having a tidy workspace with a few stress-relieving items can eradicate anxiety and transform your working experience. These are our favourite personal items.

Invest in a pair of noise-canceling headphones if the hustle and bustle of office life or home office life is distracting you from working.
Indoor plants have been shown to relieve anxiety and lower the stress response.

Beyond improving mental health, house plants may also assist with productivity, attentiveness and concentration.

Coffee or tea drinking is a daily fixture for most people. Whether you work from home or the office, you need that caffeine fix to jolt you awake. If you're a tea drinker, a freshly brewed cuppa is happiness-inducing.

Invest in these beloved beverages with a coffee maker or French press, a Bodum Teapot or a nice, long-lasting kettle.

Conclusion

In conclusion, a tidy workspace is essential for boosting productivity, reducing stress, and improving your overall well-being.  Tidying up your desk and getting rid of what you don't need helps to declutter the mind.

Maintaining a dirt-dust-and-litter-free workstation is achievable, even for workers for whom tidiness isn't a strong suit. 

If you are looking for a neat and tidy workplace in Australia, Office Hub offers various office types options to choose from. 

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Tidying up your desk and getting rid of what you don't need helps to declutter the mind.

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