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Ever feel like you’re drowning in mess? Time to get organised!

No matter how organised we are, over time our office can tend towards disorder. Without constant maintenance, even the most orderly office can slowly and gradually become more disorganised as time goes by.

If you’re looking around you at piles of paperwork, untidy corners of your desk and clutter everywhere you look, it could be time to reorganise. Thankfully, the time it takes to get organised will actually save time in the long run and make you more productive.

So, are you ready to get organised? Prepare yourself to start from the very beginning and follow our guide to organising your office and getting more done!

Time to get organised

The great purge

There’s no getting away from it. If disorder has taken over the office, the only way to get on top of things is to start from scratch. That means having a great purge – you need to start clearing away everything from your desk.

The easiest way to do this is to get some bin bags, your secure waste bin, your storage solutions and everything else in order and prepare.

Put everything into piles. Junk, rubbish and anything else that no longer has any use should go straight in the bin. Confidential documentation you no longer need to file or store goes into confidential waste. Be brutal here – don’t hold onto anything “just in case”. If it no longer has a purpose, get rid of it.

The pile of documentation that you do need now needs to be sorted. Organise it by time, priority and type of work, then file it away appropriately. If it’s a document that is no longer ‘live’ then store it in filing cupboards away from your desk. If you’ll need it soon, but not right away, store in a deep filing drawer on your desk pedestal or in sensible tray system.


The only equipment on your desk should be that which you use every day – obvious ones are your computer, monitor and keyboard, as well as a desktop printer if you have one. Don’t be tempted to keep stationery on your desk – store it in your drawer and only bring it out when you need it.

Create work zones

Now that your desk is clear and you don’t have piles of unnecessary paperwork, it’s time to consider your system of work. Think about what happens in each area of your desk. For instance, to your left you might have an inbox for current items, in front of you will be your computer, and to you right could be an outbox of completed items for filing.

Make this flow in a way that relates to the order in which you complete your work and you’ll find that not only will your documentation be more organised but you’ll actually be more clear-headed and productive.

Scaling up

So, we’ve covered your desk – but what if the whole office needs organised? Thankfully, the exact same principles apply – you just have to scale them up. That means purging the entire office of unnecessary clutter, establishing “zones” of work that flow according to the positioning of teams and task-based work and finding a suitable and appropriate home for equipment like printers and photocopiers.

Establish the perfect place for storage too – it should be out of the way of the main flow of staff, but close enough that it encourages workers to perform daily filing, with a system that allows you all to keep on top of your organisation.

Tambour door cupboards

Proper storage furniture doesn’t get better than our Tambour door cupboards. Efficient and practical, they come in a variety of styles and colours and will suit any office environment.

Tambour door cupboards can be free-standing or situated on top of a desk and come in wood or metal finishes with a choice of bright and fresh unit or door colours to match your business branding and culture. You can look at our full range here and contact our sales team if you’d like advice on choosing the perfect storage add-ons.

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Last Modified / Updated on: May 21, 2018 at 10:43 am

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