As you are organizing and rearranging your desk supplies, think vertical for storage! There are lots of ways to vertically arrange your papers and supplies.
Marie Kondo, the Japanese Organizer, suggests that Komono Items (miscellaneous) be organized vertically whenever possible. The idea is to be able to see everything, whether you are opening a drawer or a box. Stacking items generally means that they will begin to get lost, you will forget what you own, and you will start purchasing duplicate items, which only adds to the clutter.
The goal is not perfection. The goal is to be able to see what you have easily, find what you need quickly, and return items to their correct spot without a fuss. This means that every item needs a home!
Use dividers in desk drawers to separate different types of items. Small plastic containers, cardboard lids from stationary packages, and even plastic trays that produce comes in may be just what you need for a drawer divider. The boxes that iPhones come in are very sturdy and work nicely as well.
When it comes to papers, there are lots of options for vertical storage. You can use a vertical organizer or file box for current projects, actionable papers, and frequently referenced pages. Keeping these papers or piles off of your desk or workspace allows your mind more room to think, decrease anxiety, and increase productivity. Keeping them close at hand means that you can easily reach them and return papers you need as you work.
If you put important action items in an organizer, make sure not to forget about them! Put those tasks on your calendar, schedule, or to do list when you 'file' them.
Use a caddy or basket for moveable supplies. This is especially helpful for kids or times when you move locations. You can also create "stations" for tasks that occur in specific locations of the home. Consider making a "bill station" which could include stamps, envelopes, a letter opener, checkbook, and pens near the door where mail enters the home. A "prayer or quiet time station" can include a journal, book, and a candle. Think about what items help you to complete tasks more efficiently... then, make a "station" with those items in that spot!
Take a few moments to assess your current desk supplies and papers. Does everything have a home? Can you find what you need when you need it? If not, schedule a quick 'brain break' from your work and do a little organizing today!
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