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Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Three Essential Tips to a Happy Workspace

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by Sayeh Pezeshki, The Office Stylist.

You’ve waited a long time and worked very hard for your own office. Whether it’s your own home office or a promotion at work, your office is something to take pride in. Messy desks, chipped furniture, over flowing letter trays, boring office supply pile-ups, and other office disasters say only one thing: “ I don’t care about my workspace.” If you don’t have the budget to get modern and stylish office furniture, what should you do? How do you tackle your office mess and make your office into a space that feels great to work in?

Here are three important tips to keep handy at all times.
  1. Straighten up your desk/office at the end of each workday.
    This seems like an obvious task, yet everyone I have helped now and in the past has told me they never do this. Take just five minutes a day to put away papers, put your pens back in your pen holder, and throw away and trash that’s sitting on your desk or other areas. Be sure to do this every day, right before you leave your office.
  2. End result: Fresh start when you come in the next day, as opposed to the messy start you’re used too.

  3. Remove all electronics from your desktop, except for your monitor and keyboard.
    For some unknown reason, I see a lot of people love to put a giant printer, shredder, and other large electronics on top of their desks. I know that it is a little easier to reach on your desk for the sheet you printed out, versus reaching below it, but this is a large disruption in your work flow. Remove all electronics except for your keyboard and monitor, and put away in printer cabinet like these from Ikea, or other furniture store.
  4. Having these items in cabinets will make your office look a lot more spacious and clear than before.

  5. Replace boring office items with modern office supplies
    You may think you’re okay with manila file folders, plastic pencil cups, and other traditional office supplies, but think again. Replace your boring, manila file folders with a set of decorative file folders made out of sturdy material that will last longer than you’re used to.
  6. Replacing little items like chewed up promotional pens, stacks of manila file folders, and plastic pen holders are a great way to make a change, without costing you an arm and a leg. Your desktop can still be professional (not boring!) while reflecting your personality.

    Clearing your desktop and removing unwanted items will make a tremendous difference in how you feel at your desk. If you were feeling overwhelmed before, clutter may have been a contributing factor. Making small changes will make a big difference in your work environment and the way that you work. If you’re happier sitting at your desk 40 + hours a week, then you’ll reflect that in your work too.

About Sayeh: Recognized as a 2010 Internet Retailer “Hot 100 company,” SortingwithStyle.com is part of a multi-platform media brand created by two time entrepreneur and TV personality Sayeh Pezeshki, “The Office Stylist,” who provides office styling services, consulting and personal shopping for private and corporate clients. For daily tips, insight and items to transform your workspace, visit www.theofficestylist.com

Images via Sorting with Style.com

About Becky

Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the "Editorial Director" here on Hatch, you can find me spewing lots of design opinions and tips over at Houzz. Make me happy -- leave a comment!

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  1. liza says:

    February 25th, 2010 at 8:21 am (#)

    Becky, I’m truly loving this series. A disorganized person like me can do these things… they are not monumental changes, but they will make a big difference. Thank you!

  2. Becky says:

    February 25th, 2010 at 8:23 am (#)

    Liza, me too! thank god for our guests as I am the most disorganized person on earth. You should have seen me trying to organize organization week – it was a disaster but it’s turning out just fine thanks to the wonderful participants!

  3. Meredith from Penelope Loves Lists says:

    February 25th, 2010 at 9:52 am (#)

    Great tips, Sayeh. I’ve been watching Sorting with Style and have become a huge fan of late!

  4. Emily says:

    February 25th, 2010 at 10:19 am (#)

    “Messy desks, chipped furniture, over flowing letter trays, boring office supply pile-ups, and other office disasters”

    yep. I pretty much have all of these.

    I think my issues at work are threefold: all mail and publications go through me, so if I’m away from my desk for even 25 minutes, I come back to new mail and a pile of rubberbands and paperclips.

    People leave stuff on my desk all of the time. I try to reroute it through letter trays, drop boxes away from my desk, etc, and these help a little – but much of the clutter on my desk, I didn’t place there.

    And finally, my job is one of many interruptions. Phone ringing all day, people at my desk – when you have to do five tasks at once, all five are spread out everywhere.

    Somewhere under here I have cute office organizers….

  5. Richard Rothstein says:

    February 28th, 2010 at 5:20 pm (#)

    The use of colors (like those great folders in the image) is not just a pick-me-up and morale booster in your office space — it’ll also help you get your hands on something much more quickly. If you put your URGENT matters in a Fire Engine Red file, you can find it at a glance.

  6. Jolene says:

    March 4th, 2013 at 2:05 pm (#)

    If you have too many pens and pencils and need to find a new home for them, call your local library (public, college, university) to see if they would be interested in them.

    At my medical library, we are always on the lookout for writing utensils, especially since our institutional ban on drug rep and device rep pens. :)

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