The Importance Of A Clutter-Free Office

The Importance Of A Clutter-Free Office

You'll definitely feel more productive


How do you feel when you walk into a messy-unorganized office and how different do you feel when you walk into an office which is clean and organized? The difference in the way you feel is how important it is to have a clutter-free work-space. The work-space can make a big impact on the productivity of the people working there and a clutter-free office brings a sense of calm and peace which makes it easier to focus on work.

If you do not keep a clean desk, you tend to lose things easily and waste time in searching for it through the mess. This will happen a lot of time if the mess is not cleaned reducing your efficiency.

We have made a list of things you can do to maintain a clutter-free office.

Get Rid of Junk:

Getting rid of things, you no longer need is extremely helpful to maintain a clutter-free working space. You need to do this cleaning in a very systematic way. Be careful not to throw away important items or documents.

Use Organizing Tools:

Nowadays there are tons of organizing tools available in the market which helps you in organizing your workplace in a methodical way. Getting fancy tools is not necessary. Get basic supplies such a binder, folders, markers, separators, etc.

Maintain a Cleaning Schedule:

Develop a cleaning schedule and stick to it. Try to do a light cleaning weekly and thorough cleaning on a monthly basis. Do not let your clean workplace to get messy again. Follow the schedule to keep your workspace productive.

Hire Cleaning Professionals:

If your office mess is beyond your control, you can hire professional services to help you clean up. Be sure to handle all the confidential information yourself. It is advisable to first clean up the sensitive files and documents before you call an outsider to help you clean the workplace.

Go Cable Free:

The major clutter we notice in the workplace is all the wires and loose cables for multiple devices. An easy way to keep your workplace wire-tidy is to opt for wireless devices. It is not always possible to go wireless for all devices, in such a case use cable ties and hide them away in conduits to make the place look tidy.

Get Extra Storage:

One of the main reasons for office clutter is the lack of storage space. Start adding cupboards in the office wherever possible to get rid of the clutter. Another efficient way of handling all the extra documentation and equipment is to store it outside office space in a self-storage unit such as self-storage Charlotte. Opting this option will let you create extra space in the office to store documents of the latest projects.

Go Digital:

The most common clutter item in an office is paper in the form of documents, reports, magazine, receipts and much more. This clutter can be avoided by avoiding papers and saving all the documents in digital form by creating them on a computer or scanning the existing documents. Make sure to discard the hard-copy once you have stored it digitally in the server.

Keep Thrash Can Nearby:

Make sure that each desk has a small trash can within reach. It is natural for people to throw away unwanted items immediately if a trash-can is nearby. This is a sure shot simple technique to get rid of the mess.

The most common reason why people end up with a messy workplace is that they do tidy up the place, but they fail to maintain it that way. Do not let your clutter-free workspace to mess up. If you feel it needs some tidying up, spend 10 minutes every day to keep things in place. You think this will take up time from your work but in reality, it will only allow getting more work done.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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The Experience Of Going Home After Your First Year Away

"There's no place like home."


Home. My safe place. The place that calls to me when I am stressed or lonely or sad. The place that fills me with happiness and nostalgia. I will be home in less than a month. But this time, I know it will be different. There is no way it can be the same as it was because I have spent the last 10 months living on my own. No one telling me to clean my room or do my laundry. No one asking me to lower the television. No one asking me what time I will be home when I go out. Freedom. Independence. Autonomy. Self-government. Perfection in its truest form.

Don't get me wrong. My parents are great. They have always encouraged me to be independent, and they have always trusted me. However, they will comment on my room if my laundry bin is getting too full. They never miss an opportunity to tell me my showers are too long, and that the water bill is going up while the lake is emptying because of all the water I am wasting. I haven't had to hear any of this for almost a year, and, to be honest, it's been nice.

We leave home to go away to college, and even though we are 18, we really are not an adult. I didn't feel like one when I first left home, but I feel so much more like one now. For 10 months, I have had to do it all on my own. No one woke me up to go to class. No one reminded me to do my homework. No one did my laundry for me. Sure, my family is only a phone call or text message away, but I pride myself on standing on my own two feet. I got a job here on campus because I like making my own money. I love the feeling I get when I want to buy something, and I don't have to "ask permission." I love being able to buy my family gifts and know that it's coming from me — that I am paying for it with the money I earned. I lined up a couple of jobs for the summer while I was home from spring break, so I am ready. Adulting here I am.

I will always be respectful of my parents, and I know they will be respectful of me, but I am trying to prepare myself for the adjustment of being an adult living with her parents. I know they are trying to prepare themselves as well. They went through it. My father went into the Marine Corps right after high school, and when he returned from overseas three years later, it took some adjusting. My mother went away to school just like I did. She and her parents had to find common ground, so I am confident we will too. We may hit some rough patches or experience some turbulence, but nothing we can't handle. We always work through things. We always have.

All this aside, I am looking forward to spending time with my family, having home cooked meals, enjoying downtime with my dogs, sleeping in MY bed, and using my own private bathroom! With each passing year, I am sure it will get easier and easier until the day I move out permanently. It seems so far off in the distance, but my first year of college just went by in the blink of an eye, so am I sure the next few years will fly by as well. However, it's really nice knowing that no matter how old I am, I will always be able to go home — the comfortable, safe, welcoming place my parents have made for me and my sister. Just like Dorothy said, "There no place like home," and she went back after spending time in Oz.

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