7 Down & Dirty Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Office Workspace

Jessica Howell
Posted: March 20, 2018

Does your workspace go from clean and tidy to a national disaster zone in the time it takes you to finish your first cup of coffee? Don’t feel ashamed. We’ve all been there! Whether you’re working from a home office or a swanky high rise, it’s easy to let cleanliness fall off the list of priorities. If you’re struggling to keep your workspace organized, try these tips for getting organized at work.

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Spring Cleaning

Before you set out to organize your office, start with a little Spring cleaning. Purge all the unnecessary junk that’s just lying around. To keep from feeling overwhelmed, work in small sections, taking on one area at a time. Go through everything – yep, absolutely everything! Stay focused by asking yourself: Have I used it in two years? Do I plan on ever using it again? Does it still work? If the answer to these questions is “no”, then toss it, shred it, recycle it, or donate.

Keep Your Friends Close

Now that you’ve purged your space it’s time to keep your friends close – and by friends I mean your most used office items. If you find yourself reaching for your beloved stapler or favorite gel pen every 5 minutes, make sure it’s in reaching distance. Everything else can be placed off your desk in a nearby drawer.

Put a Label on it

Labeling items is the easiest way to cut down on wasted efforts. The organization gals from Simply Spaced offer some great recommendations! These trusty stickers (check these ones out from Home Sort, too cute!) help you efficiently store and identify files in seconds and are just plain fun! Don’t believe us? Get yourself a label maker. You’ll be stamping everything you own.

Extra Tip: Label folders on the front and back for fast grabs

Spot On

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Benjamin Franklin said it right! Go through the remaining items in your office and find a spot for them. Use a combination of cabinets, files, storage boxes, etc. to house all your stuff in a clean and tidy fashion.

Extra Tip: If you’re working in a small area place filing cabinets on top of each other so you’re maximizing your space vertically.

Zoning Rules

Keep your newly organized space nice and tidy by applying a few zoning rules. Establish work areas – “zones”, wherever each activity is likely to happen in your office. For instance, you might have your main workspace (your desk), storage area (files, shelves, etc.), and a supplies area.


Now that the majority of your office is nice and clean, focus back to your main work area. Further, organize your desk by accessorizing with containers and trays for smaller items like paper clips, push pins, etc.

Maintain It

At the end of each workday, take a few minutes to rearrange, and spruce up your space. This extra step will help you keep your new and improved office looking organized and fresh!

It may seem like a daunting task as first, but once you get organized you’ll see that it’s worth it. Instead of spending hours frantically searching for that paperwork you swear you just saw – you’ll be able to find things quickly and with less stress. Happy working!

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