Five Easy Steps to De-Clutter Your Desk

By Eileen Conlan

June 12, 2008 4:39 AM
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Give Away Stuff You Don't Use

Clear your desktop, and put back only what you use daily. Store everything else in drawers, on shelves, or in your supply closet. If you don't use something — those kitschy bulletin board push pins a client sent for Christmas — give it away to a co-worker who might be able to find a use for it.
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Avoid the Miscellaneous File

Sort day-to-day papers into action files. Label them clearly: bills to pay, receipts to enter, papers to photocopy, data for reports, items to discuss with your boss, or papers to forward to another department. Store them upright in a stepped desktop organizer. Don't make a "miscellaneous" file — if the information isn't important enough to have its own label, it belongs either in another folder or in the trash.
sort your desk drawers
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Sort Your Desk Drawers

Organize your desk drawers so that each contains like items — office supplies in one drawer, stationery and notepads in another. This eliminates scrounging through your drawers to find the only pen you work with, or a Post-it at deadline time.
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Delete Your Old E-mails

To reduce virtual clutter, delete all e-mail that requires no further action on your part. If you need to save it, create a folder for it on your hard drive — avoid printing e-mails unless you absolutely must have a hard copy.

Treat Virtual Folders Like the Real Thing

When creating electronic folders, set them up in the same way as physical ones. Use subfolders within desktop folders to organize files sufficiently.
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