A messy home, and a messy mind; two states which seemingly go hand in hand. What’s more, a disorganised workspace can also lead to a number of health and safety issues, meaning that both the wellbeing of employees and their productivity is threatened.
A true de-cluttering process will be a mental exercise as much as a physical one, and if being undertaken on a larger scale, requires careful planning and sometimes professional help. The end result, though, is increased efficiency and safety. And we all want that, right? With this in mind, here are 4 IDEAL ways to de-clutter your workspace.
PLAN, PREPARE, PROCESS
Completing a deep clean is usually much harder than people anticipate. Many – us included – choose to procrastinate, leaving it until the last minute, until the mess has become too much to bear. Clearly, this isn’t a sensible or effective way of doing things. Not only does this take more time, energy and subsequent organisation, but a danger of developing an attachment to obsolete items endures, if they have managed to endure years of hanging around.
Separating tasks into more manageable chunks then, with designated times and targets, serves to break up the monumental task considerably. This way of working will instill in you good practice too, helping to avoid further build-ups of clutter later down the line.
It could well be that your workspace can’t accommodate for everything you have, such as retail products. Maybe your company has designs on relocating soon, into a space large enough to house all of your accumulated ‘stuff’. If so, and to save such products from compromising the workspace of employees, look into renting storage from a company such as Warehouse Space, who are able to work out an affordable plan with you to suit your business needs.
Throwing away items you don’t need is often much easier said than done. Don’t simply consign them to the scrapheap if you can see some value in them (for someone else of course). If you have many items that you would like to get rid of, but which are still in great condition, then why not put them up for auction on eBay or give them to a local charity for others to enjoy? This can sometimes help you make some spare change on the side to help with your business. Most of all though, be ruthless. Don’t cling onto stuff that you never use; if you’re not making the most of it now, you probably never will.
SORT & BOX
The root of your clutter problem may not lie in the rubbish, but in a lack of storage solutions, or at least, savvy sorting of your stuff. You could be short on boxes to sort folders into or struggling to find space for new business investment. Sort through your items by making a list of where everything should belong and invest in smart storage solutions to help you minimise clutter and bring real organisation to your workplace.This will make it a much healthier environment for staff, and they will be more likely to stay motivated in work.