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How to Clear Up Office Clutter

If that clutter-clogged office or cubicle has you frazzled, these tips will give you peace of mind and a more organized space.


  • Step 1: 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.
  • TIP: Documents that you reference daily should be easily accessible while everything else should be filed away for longer-term storage.
  • Step 2: 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.
  • Step 3: 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.
  • Step 4: Remove personal items Remove personal items, such as food containers, knick knacks, magazines, books, and electronic devices, that are not work-related.
  • Step 5: Shred or recycle documents Shred or recycle paper documents that you no longer need or that are out-of-date.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.
  • TIP: Open and file the day's mail as soon as you receive it so it doesn't get lost or create more desk clutter.
  • Step 6: Hide everything else Use a closet or dress screen to hide messy bookshelves, file cabinets, and reference materials that are used only occasionally.
  • Step 7: Wipe away dust Clean and wipe away dust and crumbs with a simple multi-surface cleaner and paper towels.
  • FACT: The President's Oval Office was not constructed until the Taft administration in 1909 and today's Oval Office was added by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1934.
  • FACT: The modern day Oval Office was not constructed until the Roosevelt administration in 1934.

You Will Need

  • Wire paper trays
  • 3-ring binders
  • File folders
  • Shredder
  • Recycle bin
  • Closet or dress screen
  • Multi-surface cleaner
  • Paper towels

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