top 10 tips for a clutter-free desk
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Ok, so your desk isn’t exactly promoting productivity. Likely story. These tricks and tips will transform your grimy desk into one that’s joyfully inviting.

top 10 tips for a clutter-free desk
Photography by Michael Wiltbank

1. never let junk mail hit your desk.


We know it’s easier said than done. Straight to the trash, recycling bin, or shredder.

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2.  give yourself guidelines (and stick to them)


Create a monthly clear-the-desks rule, when everything goes into a file, a box, or the trash.


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top 10 tips for a clutter-free desk
Photography by Michael Wiltbank

3. make it look pretty


Always take five minutes to straighten up your desk before leaving. When you see how pretty it is, you’ll want to come back.

top 10 tips for a clutter-free desk
Photography by Brittany Ambridge

4. organize accordingly


Use a label-maker for files and boxes “accounts payable” “2014 taxes” “keepsakes.”

top 10 tips for a clutter-free desk
Photography by Michael Wiltbank

5. think about the way you work 


Set-up your file cabinet (or file box) the way your mind works—by topic, by month, whatever speaks to you—so you’ll be more inclined to use it.

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6. invest in key pieces


Buy a paper shedder. It makes clutter-clearing easy; and the buzzy repetition is meditative.


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top 10 tips for a clutter-free desk
Photography by Michael Wiltbank

7. utilize every inch


Find room in a drawer for your stapler, tape dispenser, post-its, highlighter, and other useful but ugly supplies.

top 10 tips for a clutter-free desk
Photography by Michael Wiltbank

8. out with the old


Can’t let go of that old-fashioned calendar and rolodex? Come on, there are helpful apps for all of that.  

top 10 tips for a clutter-free desk
Photography by Michael Wiltbank

9. stock up on what you use 


Don’t cram your pencil cup with random, found pens. Buy a single type of writing implement.

top 10 tips for a clutter-free desk
Photography by Brittany Ambridge

10. presentation maters


Treat yourself to a nice letter organizer—mail looks more deal-able (and takes up less space) when envelopes are neat.


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