The typical American full-time employee works 47 hours per week, according to a 2014 Gallup study. Over eight hours a day are spent working and sitting in a cubicle. It will seem like a longer workweek if your workstation is messy and untidy. To make your home-away-from-home a spot that is clean and clutter-free, turn to the experts at JM Nashville Commercial Cleaning for cubicle organization advice and ideas.
Cleaning your cubicle: Be New
Start with a blank canvas for the best cubicle organization endeavor. Take everything off the desk and throw away anything unnecessary as you tidy. Discard old candy and gum wrappers, scraps of paper, and sticky notes with messages that were answered weeks ago. Keep in mind that a tidy cubicle is a healthier one, so throw away any leftover tissues and sanitize all hard surfaces.
Create work zones and designate a location for the items you use every day to start organizing your cubicle area. If you spend most of your day at the computer, place it in the middle of your cubicle. Clean the keyboard and monitor, and add a chic new mouse pad to swap out the one covered in coffee rings. To manage the extra commotion and mess, use these tips:
- Ensure that what you frequently need is nearby.
- To avoid having to look for a pen or pencil while on a crucial phone conversation, keep pens and pencils in their own container.
- Keep markers and highlighters in a separate container.
- Invest in a separate organizer tray that you can keep on your desktop or in a desk drawer.
- Utilize paper stacking trays and label them with the following words: Today, To Read, To File, etc.
- Keep personal items to a minimum
Many employers permit some personal touches in cubicles or workspace areas. Limit the number of personal items in a cubicle to keep it looking tidy and professional. While keeping a professional atmosphere, a few framed pictures and trinkets add a personal touch. Keep in mind that your personal office or cubicle is still a part of a corporation. Respect it, and your boss and coworkers will be grateful for your professionalism.
Past Desk Space
Many cubicle dividers have walls that are covered in fabric. T-pins fit easily into this material and transform into stylish hanging tools to make a homemade pegboard where items like scissors, a hole punch, tape, and more may be hung. A corkboard for notes can also be hung using T-pins. On a cloth wall, Velcro tabs are also effective. Add a shelf (or two) to get binders off the desk and neatly stowed within arm’s reach if office policy permits and you have the room. A desk can be easily organized and kept handy with the help of vertical hanging folders.