Take a look at your workspace right now. If you’re working from home, this space could take a few different forms. Some may have a small makeshift space for work. Maybe it’s your dining table, a small nook with a table, or an island countertop. Or perhaps you have a dedicated office room or space. Whichever describes your space: does it look like you could use a quick declutter?

In this article, we’ll share a few quick tips to help you declutter your workspace and clear your mind.

1. Go Paperless

The easiest way to start decluttering your workspace is by going paperless. First things first, gather all your papers and put them aside.

Now sort through the paper: this could include receipts, notes, cards, expense reports, you name it. Sort them into three piles:

  • Business
  • Personal
  • Throw away

Take the throw-away pile and double check it’s all junk before shredding. Don’t have a shredder? Get those scissors out and go to town.

For the personal and business paperwork, you can use Charli, our free digital organization app to quickly scan, upload and file documents. Click upload in the app and start snapping pictures to scan each receipt. Bulk upload them using relevant hashtags like #business-notes or #office-supplies.

Anytime you get a paper receipt, or receive important mail you may need later, or even jot down some notes – take a picture with Charli to stay organized.

Charli content canvas

Bonus tip: The key to remaining clutter-free is by taking steps to prevent the clutter from piling up in the first place. Here are a few tips:

  • Change all of your billing to paperless
  • Change all of your bank and credit card default to e-statements
  • Ask for emailed receipts when shopping (if stores give you the option)
  • Snap a photo of your receipt right away and toss it immediately

2. Organize Your Desk Items

Desks naturally accumulate “stuff”. Pens, stickers, cards, notebooks, art, pictures… you get the picture. Do a similar process to above, and create “junk” and “keep” piles.

Anything that’s junk, donate, recycle or toss it. For your keep pile, create a dedicated place for each genre of item. For example, have a cup for your writing utensils, and consider limiting the number of picture frames and art on your desk. Choose your favorite and store the rest or keep it elsewhere.

3. Schedule a Regular Wipe-Down

Your workspace collects dust and grime just like any other area. Schedule a regular cleaning session where you wipe down surfaces, dust nearby areas and vacuum the floor/rug.

This seems like a small thing, but the difference is noticeable. Plus, the fresh scent of your newly cleaned space might just perk you up on a sleepy Wednesday afternoon.

We hope these three quick tips have helped you on your way to creating a less cluttered, more enjoyable workspace. Whether you’re in the office or working from home, a cleaner space makes for a calmer mind. Happy decluttering!