Why You Should Make an Effort to Keep Your Desk Tidy

Why You Should Make an Effort to Keep Your Desk Tidy

10 Home Office Essentials Reading Why You Should Make an Effort to Keep Your Desk Tidy 5 minutes

Having a clean and organised workstation can go a long way in maintaining your productivity and improving your focus. It can also help prevent potential injuries, as cluttered desks can be hazards. Maybe you already know having an uncluttered desk is better for productivity, but it takes work to put into practice.

Some people call a desk covered in paperwork 'organised chaos' and have no trouble finding what they want. It's only when they tidy their desk that they can't find anything! I'm sure you know someone like that, but the reality is that not everyone can cope with visual clutter. A messy desk will only serve as a distraction, preventing you from getting on with your work.

carton image of a messy desk with stacks of paper on top 


In this blog post, we'll discuss some of the benefits of keeping a clean desk and tips on achieving and maintaining an organised workspace.


Benefits of a Clean Desk

There are many benefits that come with having a clean desk. For starters, it can help to improve your focus and concentration because there are no visual distractions. This can lead to more productivity, and you're less likely to have trouble making decisions because your brain isn't overwhelmed by the visual clutter. Imagine how much you can get through when you can focus solely on a task instead of trying to do too many things at once. Multitasking is often inefficient and can lead to more mistakes being made and nothing getting finished.

A clean desk can also help to reduce stress levels. When your workstation is cluttered, it can be a constant visual reminder of all the things you need to do, which can be overwhelming. On the other hand, a tidy workstation can help boost your mood and improve your overall attitude. A messy desk can be overwhelming and stressful, whereas a neat and organised space can give you a sense of calmness and control.

In addition, a clean desk can help to prevent injuries. Cluttered desks can be hazardous - it's easy to knock something over if you have a lot of stuff on your desk. Having a clean and organised workspace can help you avoid potential accidents like spilling a cup of coffee on your keyboard or laptop or knocking over a glass of water all over your paperwork. And it's not just the top of your desk that you need to think about - papers, cords, and other objects on the floor can create trip hazards.

Smiling lady sitting at her home desk typing on a keyboard


Tips for Achieving and Maintaining a Clean Desk

If you're finding it challenging to keep your desk tidy, here are a few tips to help you out.

1) Schedule some time each day to declutter your desk. Whether it's first thing in the morning or last thing at night, spending just 5 minutes a day decluttering will save you a lot of frustration later. This doesn't have to be a major cleaning session - simply put away any loose papers or items that don't belong and straighten up any piles of books or papers

2) Invest in some storage solutions: This can help to declutter your desk and give you a place to store all of your belongings. Some examples of storage solutions include filing cabinets, drawers, baskets, and boxes

3) Purge your paperwork: Do you really need all of those documents from 10, 15 or 20 years ago? Really? While we tend to hang onto things 'just in case', if you've got documents from a car you don't own anymore, it's time to get rid of them.

NOTE: Anything that has your personal details on it should be shredded. You can invest in a small, cheap shredder from a local department store - it's worth it to protect yourself

4) Establish some ground rules for yourself regarding what goes on your desk and what goes in the bin. For example, you might decide that you will only keep items on your desk that are related to your current project or that you use on a daily basis. This will help to prevent clutter from building up



A clean desk can do wonders for your productivity levels, mood, focus, and more. If you're looking to achieve a neat workspace but need help figuring out where to start, use the tips in this blog post as guidance. And remember - a little effort each day will go a long way in keeping your desk clean long-term and your mind clear of visual clutter.

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