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Create a Work Space You Can Be Proud Of

Updated on January 24, 2014

Upgrade Your Work Space

If your work space is the kitchen table, like mine was for years, you definitely need to invest in a proper desk. It doesn't have to be an expensive desk with a roll top. It can be a table that is large enough to house your working space. A great place to search for a cheap alternative to your current desk is at the thrift stores. Salvation Army or your local Thrift Shop should have a selection of desks within their furniture department. The prices are reasonable and you can improve your working area dramatically.

Another idea to upgrade your work space is making the chair you sit in comfortable. This can be done by purchasing a cushion to go inside of the chair or buying a new chair all together. Depending on what you can find within your budget, purchasing a cushion for the time being might help improve your posture while working and allow you to feel more creative because you are more comfortable.

What Does Your Work Space Lack?

Many of us sit at a desk to do our daily jobs. This might be at home, at an office building, school, anywhere behind a desk might be. Over time that desk is going to accumulate a lot of junk. The days of rummaging through piles of papers or checking in every drawer for a certain document are over. It's time to get your work space organized!

It may take a little bit of money to spruce up your work space, but it will be worth the adventure in the end. Even though money is always a sore subject when spending it on things that doesn't seem to help in the now, in the long term outlook organizing your desk could save you time when searching for that paperwork to give to your boss or scavenging last week’s notes on the latest trending topic. Having a proper place for everything on your desk is vital in having it organized.

Use Cheap Organizers and Bins to Sort Paperwork and Binders

If you have a small shelf or side table that can work for storage, use this near your desk. It can hold bins or organizers to help store your everyday papers, forms, or important documents. The local stores should carry a selection of cheap bins. If you cannot find any within your budget, try the dollar stores.

Organizers can be created for your desk too. If you have a lot of pens and pencils laying around, try using an old coffee mug or a small tin pale to store all of your loose items. This will prevent them from getting knocked over or falling behind the desk to unreachable places.

De-clutter Your Work Area

There are several items that you could probably do without in your work area. Of course some of them might be extra supplies that you’ve been saving up. These can be stored away in boxes away from your desk to be used when the time comes. Other things you might consider doing to de-clutter your desk are:

  1. Get rid of your extra pens and pencils that you do not use regularly
  2. Have a container or some type of compartment on, near, or in your desk for pocket stuff.
  3. Place a shelf near your desk that can hold all of the electronics.
  4. Take any documents that you have and scan them into files that can be saved on the computer.
  5. If you take notes daily, have a spot for blank pages and an easily gradable pen.
  6. Use twist ties to keep the wires together and in one area.
  7. Have sufficient lighting. A brighter desk means you can notice when it starts to get cluttered again.

Always organize as you go, clean up before the end of the day, and label everything.

Digital Tools to Help You Stay Organized

Those who rather have a physical object they can touch such as a calendar might have a tougher time converting to digital tools. However, this has proven to save time and space in the work area. Here are a few digital tools that can be used to help you stay on track and keep your work area organized.

  1. Calendar
  2. Sticky Notes
  3. To-Do Task Lists

Even though this may seem like a common sense list, you would be amazed how many computer users never notice there are applications to help organize your life a click away.

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    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Good encouragement to get my two work spaces that need revamping done!