e all have it: zones of our home
that fill up with books, to-do lists
and other items. Too often, it is a
desk or table that is supposed to
serve another purpose: work. Instead of
feeling overwhelmed, take a step back and
pave your path to a tidy, creative workspace.
Ditch the disorder
Remember, “your desk is not a storage
area, it’s a work surface,” says Costco member
Monica Friel, a professional organizer for
over 25 years. “Our job as organizing experts
is to put good systems in place. When you
simplify things, you are more efficient.”
To get started, think strategically
about storage. Make a commitment to
be organized and implement systems
throughout your space. Even small fixes
can help. Go through the top drawer of
your desk and remove everything that isn’t
needed daily. Digitally save documents
and shred the paperwork.
Make yourself comfortable
Boost your productivity by designing a
relaxing space. Opt for natural light and
utilize furniture that lifts your mood.
Enhance your space with your favorite
plants and music you love, too. According to
a journal published by the American Society
of Horticultural Science in April 2017, even
one or two indoor plants can have a big
impact on your health and happiness. The
research also showed that working near win-
dows can improve your sense of well-being.
Create a mini spa
The point of having a clutter-free,
comfortable workspace is to be productive
and enjoy it. So, reward your hard work with
a special tea blend or a home foot massager.
A playful item or two will bring a peaceful
feeling to your home workspace. A couple
of items is enough, because you want to
maintain your clear productive space as well.
When there is only a pair of items or a sole
item, your extra touches will feel special.
And “when your workspace is more relaxing,
peaceful and beautiful, it will help you to be
more creative,” continues Friel.
Ultimately, maintaining an orderly
workspace is about setting yourself up for
success. Take the time to create the space
you crave, then carve out a bit of time to tidy
when your workday ends so you can start
each day with a clear mind and a clear desk.
After all, organization is about being efficient, allowing you to be more imaginative
Mali Anderson is a freelance writer based
In the zone
Your path to
by MALI ANDERSON
Ways to achieve
Store your supplies.
Keep extra rolls of tape
and packs of markers out
of sight in closets or bins.
Purge papers. Papers
should be tossed, filed
or placed in an upright
magazine holder to
Give it a home. Everything
needs a place to go. Filing
systems, shelves and digital
archives are key.
Go vertical. Filing systems
can be off your desk and on
the wall, along with
whiteboards and shelving.
Manage your time. Focus
on one project at a time,
completing one before
Set a timer. Use the last 10
to 15 minutes of each day to