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.

Your mental health could seriously be suffering if your workstation is cluttered and messy.

The task of cleaning up your desk might seem impossible to achieve for naturally disorganised people. But as the saying goes, it's mind over matter, and purging your workstation of rubbish and stacked papers can quickly be done following our steps.

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.

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 judgement 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. Tidying your desk 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.

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

Like 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. Yip, you read that right. The office space is a breeding ground for various diseases, including COVID-19.

Keeping your workspace spotlessly clean isn't just good for your mental wellbeing but keeps you healthy.

Spring cleaning of your desk helps to remove old junk, reorganise your work life and eradicate lurking germs underneath everything.

Here's How to Become more Organised

From the big things to the little things, here are our top tips for 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.

If you like to hold onto things, like that restaurant menu from which you might order one day, this task might be the hardest for you to perform. The trick is, to be honest with yourself and toss what you don't need or classify as non-essential.

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

Do you absent-mindedly throw your keys or handbag onto your desk when you arrive at work? Non-related work things take up a lot of space and get in the way.

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 workstation 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.

If you have printed documents that you need, why not scan them onto your computer and save them as PDFS? By doing this, you can say goodbye to stray bits of paper circulating your desk.

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.

Tether 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 desk 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-cancelling 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

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

Keeping your desk free of papers piled high also ensures that you're acting out of consideration toward your desk neighbours and creating a good impression of yourself as a competent professional.

Maintaining a dirt-dust-and-litter-free workstation is achievable, even for workers for whom tidiness isn't a strong suit. We've listed a bunch of tips on how to get started.

Finally, your desk is clean, but what does it lack? For starters, a sturdy table, a cosy chair and other basics, along with stress-relieving equipment that makes everyday life pleasurable and exciting.

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

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