Step Into Our Cubicle

December 9, 2010 at 7:38 pm 4 comments

We’ve tackled the home office but many of us actually spend the majority of our waking and working hours in corporate spaces containing desks, cubicles, and board (bored?) rooms.

Work related clutter leads to distractions, headaches, and a sense of being overwhelmed.  It’s difficult to get anything done when stuff is literally piling up.  Edit, focus, and make your work space a reflection of the work you want to accomplish.

Work It Out

  • What are your challenges? Do you have homes (trays, filing cabinets, and desk room) for paper, office supplies and personal items? Do you need a coat rack?
  • What are you missing? What do you have too much of? Can you spend work hours shredding or filing? It’s a pain but the sense of accomplishment that follows is highly rewarding!
  • How much leeway do you have with your work space? Can you request additional cabinets?
  • Do you envy other co-workers desks? There’s nothing wrong with borrowing someone’s organizing solution!

Small solutions can impact efficiency in a big way

Get Results

Identify EVERYDAY items and make sure they’re easily accessible.

Stop printing EVERYTHING! Instead, access and read material electronically.

Personal items can be inspiring and encouraging but there’s a limit.  No one gives a bleep about your snow globe collection. Ditto for plants.

Keep it at home. Better yet, toss.

Compartmentalize space by designating areas (i.e. work to be done, work to be sorted, work to be filed, etc…) even if you only have a small desk to call your own.

Calendars are key! Invest in electronic and paper calendars (if your employer doesn’t already provide) as they prevent work related (and personal) appointments, meetings, and due dates from conflicting and piling up.

Dust frequently! The cleaners don’t do it! Trust us – we’re in the cleaning biz!

Keep one at your desk

Sticky notes can be extremely helpful and useful but too many of them posted around a cubicle

a)      look like crap

b)      look like you don’t know what you’re doing

Streamline by making and saving notes electronically.


As always refer back to our glorious 8 step organizing process along with our other helpful posts about home offices and desktop organization.



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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. tjservance  |  December 11, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Great post. Considering the simple fact that many of us spend more time at work (awake anyway) than at home, this is particularly useful. I’m sending this to a select few of my colleagues (one of their cubicles is even starting to emit unpleasant odors…awesome).

  • 2. Michelle Maiatico  |  December 13, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    I agree T! Some people simply do not have ANY awareness of their surroundings, I can barely focus at times with what can be wafting from the cubicle next to me-no joke.

  • 3. kelly  |  February 25, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    I especially love the advice on how to declutter my closet. i have a particularly hard time tossing pieces regardless of the 6 month rule because i always find myself thinking i will wear it again with something else that perhaps i haven’t even bought yet. these are questions i will be asking myself next time though…i will need the bar afterwards for sure.

    • 4. Edit My Closet  |  February 26, 2011 at 10:53 pm

      The first step to solving a problem is identifying it! It’s great that you can realize that you are having difficulty getting rid of stuff but we believe in you. Check out our 8 Step Process for an easy to follow guide for all of your future de-cluttering. And we don’t see anything wrong with treating yourself to a drink (or two) as a reward!


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