If you're anything like me, your desk just won't stay organized. Maybe you straighten it up every now and then - clear off those papers piling up, throw away any trash, take your water glass to the sink... but as a whole, it doesn't look anything like those beautiful pictures of desk organization you see on Pinterest. How does that make you feel? It makes me feel like I could be doing better. But what do I need? How do I do it? And seriously, HOW will I maintain that organization?
All great questions. So, let's take it one step at a time.
Solidify the purpose of your desk. Is it your home office where you pay your bills and surf the internet? Or is it your workspace where you work from home? Pinpoint that category and then get anything that is not task related off and away from your desk area. But my desk is multi-purpose! I know, mine, too. BUT! I don't always pay my bills here. I work 90% of the time. Therefore, bills can go to my "storage" section. Got it? Non-task essentials will be moved to storage. Task related items can stay (for now).
Make groups. What's paper? What do you write with? Do you have invoices/hard drives/USB drives, cords, monitors, computer accessories, etc? Put items that should go together, together!
This is the fun part. Find things to keep these groups together. For example, cord wrappers for your cords, paper trays for papers (with labels for different types!), pen holders for .... highlighters. You get the idea. Give those groups a 'place' on your desk.
This is the hard part. STAYING neat. Everyone has their own system, whether it's putting everything where it belongs when you are done with it or straightening up after the work day is complete. But the most important part, in my opinion, is keeping things off your desk that aren't task related. One way to do this is to create a separate storage area for those items. This can be a whole new desk "area" or it can be shelving, wall organization, filing cabinets. This is the true key to staying organized that I've found works for me.
I'd love to hear your suggestions so send them in!