Every 2nd Monday of January is National Clean Off Your Desk Day. I’m not making this up. At first I chuckled when I saw this obviously made up holiday, then I realized it’s not a bad idea. My desk is as cramped as could be, so any extra papers or things (like my child’s toys) drives me crazy.
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My day job requires a huge monitor that connects to a laptop. Both of these things sit on my desk, as well as my personal laptop. You can see the chaos in the picture below.
Please send help.
Until we break down and buy a second desk, I’m focusing on keeping the clutter off the top of the desk. This means paying or scheduling bills right away, filing papers, and putting reference items away as soon as I’m done with them. I have to keep up on office decluttering or I’m a hot mess when it comes to work.
Some people are just fine working in clutter. Others, like me, are not.
In honor of National Clean Off Your Desk Day, I’ll give you 5 reasons why you should participate and clean off your desk today too.
1 | Focus
Personally I can’t focus when I’m surrounded by mess. Something about the vibe of the room throws me. Marie Kondo talks about clutter and focus in The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. She discusses the relief one feels once everything is tidied up and how concentration can return when tidying is completed.
Sometimes you end up thinking about all the other things you have to do rather than the task at hand when you’re surrounded by piles of things to do.
2 | Reduce stress
Speaking of all those piles of things you have to do that are on your desk, doesn’t that stress you out? If you get those things tidy and organized, your stress levels won’t be quite as bad. In fact it might…
3 | Boost productivity
This was another one discussed in The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. When there’s clutter everywhere your productivity decreases since you end up putting off your task to clean up. (At least that’s what happens to me.)
If you’re getting into getting stuff off your desk, you might get motivated to do more on your to do list just to clear the clutter.
4 | Save time
How many times have you been searching your desk for something? I did this on Black Friday looking for a coupon I swore I had. (I found it after I made the purchase hidden under a pile of mail, papers, and books. *forehead smack*)
How much time did I spend searching for that stupid cardboard? Probably more than I should have. I’m not the only one who does this.
Fun fact: Americans spend 12 days a year looking for their stuff.
5 | Increase creativity
Okay, I’ve seen conflicting reports on this one. Some say clutter induces creative thinking. I honestly think it depends on the person in question. For me, I have an easier time coming up with ideas in a clean space. My mind is free to create, unhindered by thoughts of all these things I need to do.
So, are you going to participate in National Clean Off Your Desk Day? You might be more productive and motivated this week. And, hey, why not make every Monday Clean Off Your Desk Day?
If you’re really motivated and you don’t have tons of things on your list to do today, try out this office decluttering list.