Frans Van Heerden:

A Place for Everything, Everything in its Place

Frans Van Heerden:
Clutter can be the scourge of many an office environment, with documents competing with stationery and technology for desk space, and disorder impairing productivity.


Fortunately, de-cluttering the typical office space usually requires little more than a systematic and methodological approach, reappraising an organisation's priorities, and investment in 'keep tidy' and storage solutions.


Setting Time Aside

When it comes to decluttering your office to create a productive workspace, one of the first things that you should do is to make sure that you set some time aside your day. This is because when you set some time aside, you will be able to clear some things out of the way ad start to move things away, so you have some more space. When you set some time aside it can also help you decide where you want to start when it comes to decluttering and where you will put everything.


Getting Rid of Things 

One of the other things that you should consider when decluttering your office to create a productive workspace is to make sure that you get rid of the things that you don’t necessarily need to have. Things like, old letters, scrap paper, empty boxes and other items that you can recycle should be recycled and not left lying around the office. When you make this first step to decluttering your office, you will find that it can make a big change to your workspace.


Considering Storage Lockups

The next thing that you should consider when it comes to decluttering your office to create a productive workspace is to make sure that you have a look at storage lockups. This is because if you have things that you don’t need in the office but you don’t want to throw out then, you can keep them in a storage lockup. When you have your items in a storage lockup – you can still access them when you need to without needing to keep them in the office where they’ll take up space. If you are looking for storage then, make sure you take a look and consider Safestore as an option.


Organising Files

Another thing that you need to take into consideration when it comes to decluttering your office to create a productive workspace is to make sure that you organise files and folders properly. If you have a lot of files and records that you keep in the office then, you will find that through time some become unnecessary to keep and, others become muddled up. This can lead to a lot of problems because if you have to find information quickly, you won’t be able to do so without looking through piles of paperwork.


Achieving staff 'buy-in' is also essential for de-cluttering initiatives, as behavioural change is often a key ingredient in creating a positive and more productive working environment based on the acknowledgment that everyone is responsible for keeping an office tidy.

 

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Cathy Spears is a blogger with a passion for education, real estate, architecture, design and new technologies.

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