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How to Declutter Your Home in 10 Minutes – Part IV

Quick and Easy Decluttering Tips for the Workspace

Continuing with the series of posts on getting rid of clutter quickly and easily, this week, I’d love to share some of quick decluttering tips for a clean workspace. As someone who works from home and does not have a proper home office, I tend to pretty much change my work area every week. However, this does not mean that I don’t need to organize and declutter it every now and then. In fact, because of the nature of my work, a lot of books and papers surround me at all times. An obsessive desire to organize things, the desire to have a clean and clutter-free work are and the need to know where everything is are just some of the reasons to declutter the temporary “home office” quickly and easily.

Here are 5 simple and easy ways to organize and declutter the workspace or home office in 10 minutes or less.

1. Have only 4 things on your desk. Or whatever doubles up as your desk. For me, it is sometimes the coffee table in the living room or the dining table. In either case, keeping just 4 things on the table will give you a clutter-free work area instantly. The four things can include the laptop, the book or paper you need for research, a cup of coffee or a notebook and pen to jot things down and, one personal use item – iPod, a photograph or a single stem flower holder.

2. Do away with Post-Its. As someone who’s used a lot of Post-Its, I can vouch for the fact that you’ll be much better off using a whiteboard to jot down actionables, reminders and other items. Those little yellow stickies are cute but only add clutter. This step alone will make all future organizing and decluttering a breeze.

3. Un-paper the work area. By un-paper, I mean deal with all the paper that comes in instantly. Do one of two things with it – file it or trash it.

4. Empty the desk drawer. Sort. Replace ONLY essentials. In other words, the ten odd pens can be either given away to kids who need them or stored away in a box for later use. A clean desk drawer is a bliss to look at and like a clutter-free desk surface will inspire you to write and create.

5. Daily De-clutter. Spend 5 minutes at the end of your work day removing everything that doesn’t belong to your workspace. It may be that coloring book your toddler brought over to show you and then, left it there or an empty coffee cup. Just make sure that when you wrap up for the day, the desk and adjacent areas are clean and clutter-free.  

 Each of these decluttering tips should take you only five to ten minutes or maybe even less. In fact, if like me, you do Tip#5 everyday, you’ll never have to face a cluttered desk again. ***smiling***

With this, I come to end of this quick and easy decluttering series. Hope it helped you get organized and clutter-free quickly. In case, you missed them, here are quick 10-minute decluttering tips for the home and for the kids’ stuff.


Meanwhile, do tell me how do you manage to keep a workspace clean and clutter-free? Do share your quick and easy tips to declutter your home and work areas??

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  1. Great tips Prerna, I use many of them already, but I have to admit, I am a post-it lover. I love the colours, flexibility and the visual/organizational feel of moving them around my bulletin board to free associate in new and exciting ways. They aid in keeping me creatively organized. But hey, everyone’s different and they can get out of control and messy if I don’t keep on top of them. I see your point about getting rid of them. I might just give the whiteboard idea a try to see if that works for me too. Always open to new methods that feed my organizational junkie mind. Thanks for all the great tips.

    • The Mom Writes says:

      Thanks Katie. Yup, I was a complete Post-It addict till I found them cluttering up too much of my already limited workspace. Good to know they’re working well for you.. Do keep me posted if you ever give the whiteboard method a try though :-)

  2. I have been utilizing several of these organizational ideas. I cannot even begin to tell you how helpful it is to keep up on those small things that can easily get out of hand over time. Daily I go through my home and make sure I put away things that should not be left out. And I also make it a habit of not going to bed until the main living areas are clean. It makes me feel so much better when I get up in the morning to a clean home.

    Thanks for the tips!


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