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Clean Off Your Desk

Clean Off Your Desk

1.Sweep clean.
The first order of business is
to get everything off the top of the desk that
doesn’t have anything to do with your desk’s
basic purpose. Coffee cups, food items, paper
napkins and the like should go in the sink or
in the trash. Remove framed pictures and other
personal mementos, as well as pencil holders,
tape dispensers, staplers and other pieces of
equipment that litter your desk. Set them aside
for later evaluation.
2. Set aside.
Magazines, journals, newspapers,
periodicals and catalogs take up valuable space
on your desktop. Move them to the “Read” box
and deal with them during a separate organizing
session or put them in the “Recycle” box.
3. Sort.
As you remove the rest of the items from the
top of your desk, deposit them in the appropriate
box or trash bag.

4. Shred.

If you have a shredder, use it as you sort to
discard papers that contain personal information
or anything that would be valuable to an identity
thief. If you don’t own a shredder, put them in the
“Shred” box and make it a priority to have them
thoroughly destroyed.
5. Review.
Go back to that “Not Sure” box. Now
that you’ve gone through everything on your desk,
you should have a better handle on priorities.
Reevaluate what’s in this box so that when you’re
done, the box is empty.
6. File.
Everything in the “File” box should be put
in labeled folders and stored in a file drawer.
7. Clean.
Make sure the top of the desk is thoroughly
clean before you put anything back on it. Since
there are probably coffee stains and food stains
lurking amidst the dust, use an all-purpose cleaner
with a disinfectant.

8. Organize.
The “Immediate” box should contain
items that you’re currently working on. Think
about the best way to have them handy on the
top of your desk. You may need to invest in a
desktop storage tower or a tabletop file for easy
9. Evaluate.
Take a look at the personal items. Do
you really need all those photos and mementos
cluttering the top of your desk? Then take a look
at the equipment. Is it just a habit to keep the
tape dispenser on your desk or do you really use
it every day? Would it be better to keep some of
these items handy in a drawer?
10. Reform.
Set aside a few minutes at the end of
each day to tidy up your desk.

Source: cleaninginstitute