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Between crazy bosses and creepy coworkers, it's a wonder you get any work done at all. Here's a little help.
You Will Need
- Wire paper trays
- 3-ring binders
- File folders
- Recycle bin
- Closet or dress screen
- Multi-surface cleaner
- Paper towels
Make a plan
Make a plan to best use the wire paper trays, three-ring notebooks, and file folders and decide what documents should go where.
Take your time
Take your time clearing the clutter and don't try to tackle everything at once. Break up your office or cubicle into small sections.
Transfer loose notes
Transfer loose notes, such as contact information or dates and times of meetings, to one document on your computer or bulletin board.
Remove personal items
Remove personal items, such as food containers, knick knacks, magazines, books, and electronic devices, that are not work-related.
Shred or recycle documents
Shred or recycle paper documents that you no longer need or that are out-of-date. File everything else in a notebook, folder, or in a tray.
Hide everything else
Use a closet or dress screen to hide messy bookshelves, file cabinets, and reference materials that are used only occasionally.
Wipe away dust
Clean and wipe away dust and crumbs with a simple multi-surface cleaner and paper towels.