We’re welcoming Lemon Stripes blogger, Julia Dzafic, to Glitter Guide today to share her five tricks for bringing sanity to a workspace! Julia’s thoughts below.
I work from home, so having a space in my house that is dedicated to my work is important to me. I worked with Havenly to design this girly space that feels bright, light and totally me! While it’s a lovely room, it’s easy for me to clutter up the space with papers, clothes for photo shoots or makeup samples. Like most people, I’m far more productive when my space is tidy, so I try to live by the following rules to keep my space organized and clean at all times.
De-clutter your space.
I recently read Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which completely changed my views on tidying. The main point of the book is that you should only keep items that “spark joy” in your life. If you have 40 pens, but only use five of them, give away the rest. If you are hoarding three printers when you only use one, it’s time to clear those bad boys out.
Spend a few hours one day going through every single item in your office. You will know quickly what you need or like and what has to go. If you’re unsure, ask yourself, “Do I need this item?” If that answer is still “no,” but you can’t let go, ask yourself, “Does this spark joy in my life?” If not, kiss it goodbye!
If you take something out, put it away.
I live by this rule in every room of my house because it vastly improves my life and saves time in the long run. After you finish tip number one, this will be a whole lot easier. How does it work? Simple: If you take something out, put it away! It sounds simple but sometimes in the moment, it’s easier to run off to the next thing and promise yourself that you’ll do it later. At the end of my workday, I look around the room and put away any stragglers, like my camera, contracts or water glass. The next morning when I come back into the office, I am greeted by a clean and happy space!
Clean up your filing system.
It’s 2016, so files aren’t always on paper. Create a system for both digital and hard files.
For paper files, create a filing system in a filing cabinet or in one dedicated drawer of your desk. If you don’t have many paper files, this acrylic desktop file is chic and unassuming. Organize your files chronologically or whatever works for you. I like to use colorful, matching folders so that opening my file drawer makes me smile. The Container Store always has fun options. If you really want to get crazy, color code by topic (for example, green for taxes, blue for personal, yellow for home, etc.).
For electronic files, I have a system on my computer to keep them organized so that I can easily find whatever I’m looking for whenever I need it. In this digital age, you can probably get rid of a lot of your paper files and move them to your computer. Just remember to back everything up often. I schedule digital file back-ups once a month.
Always keep a clean desk.
It’s really easy to let your desk pile up with papers and tchotchkes, but research has proven time and time again that a clutter-free desk promotes productivity. Keep a few beautiful things on your desk so that it’s not completely sterile, but beyond that, your computer and a to-do list, keep it clean.
Invest in a label maker and label everything, from your files to sections in your drawers (sticky notes, pens, etc.) so that your daily de-clutter is as easy as pie!