• Gabby De la Rosa

5 Tips for an Organized Work Area

Hi everyone. I took a little break from posting but i’m back and today I’m sharing my top 5 tips to stay organized. In the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing my favorite productivity tips, favorite smoothie recipes, and some of my closet essentials! Whether you’re starting school soon or working from home, I think we could all use some extra organization in our life! I’ve always considered myself a pretty organized person but just like the rest of us, quarantine has gotten to me!! It’s been harder to stay motivated to keep my area clean but It’s seriously so important. 

Staying organized will make it easier for you to work efficiently, and you’ll know where all your resources are at which will also save you time in the long run. More importantly, by keeping your space clean and put together, you are keeping your brain organized and decluttering any outside thoughts. Having a messy area is said to represent a messy, disorganized state of mind. By cleaning and organizing your environment, you will feel accomplished and more motivated to get stuff done.

Here are some of my favorite ways that help me stay organized.

1. Start with a clean space:

Get back to the basics. Make your bed and put your clothes away. Throw away any trash you have laying out and put things where they belong. If you work at a desk, this means keeping your desk clear and decluttered. Put your pens away and don’t leave out any loose papers. Don’t let things pile up, and if you cnbnlean your space at the end of each day it’ll be alot easier than cleaning it after a week of work. It is going to be alot easier for you to sit down and work at a clean desk rather than a messy one. 

2. Get a planner/ Make a to-do list:

My favorite way to stay organized is to write in a planner. Target has some really great planners and they’re super cute. It’s important to plan your days out in the morning so you can stay on schedule for the remainder of the day. Write down everything you have to do that day and make a list of non-negotiables. This is one of my favorite techniques that helps to set your priorities for the day. Non-negotiables are things that you must get done, no exceptions. I love using a planner to keep all my “to-dos” on paper.

3. Color Coordinate:

This tip is great for students or anyone who has to take notes. Color coordination is a great way to stay organized. By categorizing different topics, everything stays together. I love using different color highlighters for different groups and I find that if my notes are color coordinated and highlighted, it’s easier to pick them back up and study with them and it breaks up the pages really nicely. 

4. Get Rid of Unnecessary Things:

When's the last time you’ve done a deep clean? Go through your space and get rid of anything you don't use or don’t plan on using any time soon. If you're working at a desk, narrow down your supplies. Do you really need 30 black pens? Probably not, so get rid of them. Keep the stuff you actually use and move the rest. Your space should be clean and organized and you shouldn't be digging through your desk looking for stuff.

5. Get Organizers:

Organize your desk using individual organizers. Everything should have its individual spot and I promise your desk will look alot cleaner and be a lot more functional. Ikea has some great and affordable organizers. 

I hope you all found these tips helpful! If you’re starting school soon, I wish you the best of luck. If you work from home, I know how hard it can be, so try implementing some of these things, if you don’t already. And if you only take one thing from this post, let it be this; keep your space clean. Having a decluttered space will help you stay efficient and help your mental state tremendously! Happy organizing!!