When doing taxes, we take boxes from shelves and dust off files to get to all the documents we need.
Isn’t that also a good start to cleaning the office?
Now we’re in a new tax year, perhaps it’s time to clear all the clutter that accumulates in an office. You know, the mysterious boxes under desks and folders full of long-forgotten projects.
To give you a hand, we’ve found a list of 21 tips to help get all your files and papers back in order. Here are some of the most useful ones:
- Purge your office by getting rid of everything you haven’t used in a while. If you find something broken, repair it or recycle it.
- Gather everything up and put items where they’re supposed to be (so teaspoons leave desk drawers and go back in the kitchen).
- Establish work zones and place your tools and furniture accordingly. For example, if you print more than anyone else, the printer should be close to you.
- Archive your files. When a project is complete, put everything away. If it’s not being worked on, it doesn’t need to be in the way.
- Straighten your desk. Tidy your workspace at the end of the day, so it’s clean and clear for the next morning.
- File weekly. Don’t let things pile up, since it’ll seem overwhelming. A regular, office-wide, clear up will keep things nice and tidy.
Can you come up with any tips to add to the list? Tell us in the comments.