How to Organize Your Desk

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Here’s how to organize you desk

Your desk is your command center. How well it’s organized can help set the tone and productivity level

“Surveys show the average person loses an hour a day to disorganization,” said Lisa Zaslow, a professional organizer in New York City. “It takes much less time to get and stayed organized. Think about how frantic and stressed you are when you can’t find something.”

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Here’s how experts suggest organizing your desk for maximum efficiency and productivity:

Get your layout right

Your monitor should be in front of you at eye-level and about 17-inches from your body, according to Zaslow. Put frequently-used items, like the phone or supplies, on your dominant side to avoid having to reach across.

Mind your office supplies

Supplies used every day can go on the desk. Items used a couple times a week should go in a drawer under or to the side of a desk. “Getting up even just once a day for a pencil or paper clip is shutting your brain off a project you are working on and you will have to come back and re-center,” said Amy Trager, a professional organizer in Chicago.

It’s also best to group like items together. “All your office supplies should be kept together, not split up in multiple drawers,” said Andrew Mellen, a professional organizer.

Go easy on reminders.

When it comes to sticky notes, moderation is key. Framing your monitor with notes isn’t the most effective. “They’ve lost their usefulness at that point,” said Trager. Use them for important short-term reminders.

Don’t go overboard with personal knick-knacks

Maintaining work-life balance is hard, especially on your desk. Family pictures, vacation souvenirs and other trinkets can provide positive feelings during the work day, but too many mementos can be a distraction.

“Our eyes pull every single thing in front of us and our brain processes it — even if we don’t realize it,” explained Zaslow. A desk full of stuff means “that is a lot of work and editing for you.” She recommended keeping no more than three personal items on a desk.

Control your inbox.

E-mail is a convenient way to communicate, but it can also be a major distraction. If it becomes too much of a distraction, Trager recommended designating certain time periods throughout the day to check and respond to email. “The rest of the time is for work.” Also, don’t be afraid to disable the pop-up notices of new mail if it interrupts work flow.

Embrace white space

Keep a paper-sized free space to your dominant side as a designated work space to make it easier to review or sign documents.

Prioritize your work flow

Only keep relevant and active projects and documents on your desk. When work gets backed up, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and stall productivity, so here’s how Trager recommended grouping projects to prioritize:

1) Important and urgent

2) Urgent, but not necessarily important

3) Important, without urgency

4) Non-urgent, and not important

She added vertical file holders help avoid stacking folders on top of each other and overlooking the ones not on top.

Reassess frequently

Keeping a desk organized requires frequent upkeep and assessments, so be sure to take a weekly scan of your desk to make sure everything still deserves a spot on your work space.

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  • 6 Hours of Packing & Organizing Assistance
  • 10 Heavy Duty Medium Sized boxes
  • 10 Heavy Duty Small Sized boxes
  • 1 Large Roll of Bubble Wrap
  • 50 Sheets of Packing Paper
  • 1 Roll of Shipping Tape
  • Additional necessary supplies for labeling such as markers, scissors, box labels.
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The Ultimate Moving Guide

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The Ultimate Moving Guide

Moving is stressful. Here’s some help

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1. Make A Calendar 

Being as prepared as possible will make the transition a lot easier. Make sure you have all the equipment you need such as usable boxes and some extra cash at hand for surprise expenses.

2. Measure The Space

There’s nothing worse than moving all your stuff to a new place where they won’t fit!

3. Clean Up First

Make sure your new place is clean before you start to move your things in.

4. Order Utilities And Furniture In Advance

You don’t want to get into your new place and find you’re having to wait a fortnight for your bed to turn up.

5. Change The Locks

For extra security.

6. Pack The Essentials Box.

This box will contain all the things you’ll need on the first night, so you don’t have to root around in boxes looking for a bowl.

7. Decide How You’re Actually Going To Move Your Stuff.

You can move your stuff by yourself by asking family and friends to help you, or if you’re on your own a dolly cart. You could also hire a rental tuck with a driver that simply moves all your stuff from point A to point B, or you can acquire full service movers. It’s all about what’s most affordable really.

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Feng Shui for Better Organization

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Feng Shui Basics

A Better Closet &  More Organized Life

Whether you sat in back-to-back meetings all day and didn’t accomplish much “real work,” you spent your commute in traffic or you simply have too much to do in too little time, it’s easy to get stressed out every now and then.

One area of your life that may be contributing to feeling stressed could be coming from where you least expect it: your closet. Searching for a shirt hidden in a sea of hanging storage, struggling to find a misplaced pair of shoes or even untangling a mess of necklaces to find the right one during your morning routine can throw off your whole day.

If this is a frequent occurrence for you, it may be time to consider embracing feng shui. Understanding how to create a space with good energy flow could just be the medicine for what ails you.

What is Feng Shui?

Feng shui is the ancient Chinese practice of placement. The goal is to organize your surroundings to create harmony and balance – transforming your space to enhance your life.  It’s thought that showing respect to physical spaces—yes, even your closet—can bring more peace to your life.

Declutter, De-stress

Maybe it’s been a little while since you really took a look at what’s taking up space in your closet. Take some time to review the clothes, shoes and accessories in your closet to see everything—even the items lurking out of sight.

We often stress here to get rid of old clothes, ones that are a touch too small or have stains and holes that can’t be fixed. But it’s also important to get rid of any random items that don’t belong in your closet. Find things you can relocate to other spots in your home to create more space. The practice of feng shui sees clutter as blocking the flow of energy in your closet and life.

Color Coordinate

After discarding or donating things you no longer need, take a look at everything you’re going to keep. Color is an important “tool” in feng shui that can shift energy in a space. Start by organizing different items by color, then type. For example, first put all your blue shirts together then organize those shirts by shirt length or type. Repeat these steps for each color and type of shirt.

Spruce It Up

Take a look at what your space may be missing. Good lighting, some meaningful décor and even a fresh coat of paint could make all the difference in bringing in good energy. Paying attention to these details in your closet can help the space feel refreshed.

Redesign

Make sure you have everything you need to organize and shape your space. Analyze if you’re maximizing the utility of each drawer and hanging storage space, or if you need to find a new way to organize your things. It may mean just adding clear storage bins and drawer organizers or it could be time for a bigger upgrade to a custom solution to create a calm, decluttered space.

For the full article, click here: Feng Shui Basics from Closet Works

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