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Ultimate declutter planner: part 1

July 30th, 2013 Category: Office Cleaning

Transforming your office from a cluttered mess into a minimalist dream isn’t a quick fix solution, it’s a long-term project.

Often the underlying cause of a cluttered office is habit. Workers get into the routine of hanging on to odd bits of junk and filing documents in piles on their desk or close to their immediate workspace, which can create a cycle of mess which is hard to overcome. Some people view possessions as a type of security, others hate making decisions and then there are people who just struggle to make time for organisation. But whatever the cause, there’s several good reasons for overhauling cluttered lifestyles.

Joshua Becker of becomingminimalist.com, argues that in order to make a truly minimalist office space the trick is not just to declutter, but to de-own. There are several reasons we might choose to do this. Firstly, keeping clutter doesn’t benefit anyone else and doesn’t improve our own lifestyles. By keeping things, we don’t solve our desire for more, but simply add to the problem.

“Simply organising our stuff (without removing it) is always only a temporary solution. By definition, organising possessions is an action that must be repeated over and over and over again. At its heart, organising is simply rearranging. And though we may find storage solutions today, we are quickly forced to find new ones as early as tomorrow,” Mr Becker says.

There are many reasons why office workers should be looking to declutter their workspace. Research shows there is a direct correlation between productivity and clutter, and profitability can often decline when clutter and chaos rise. Paper clutter is the most common form of office mess, and research has found the average person wastes 4.3 hours per week searching for papers, and the average executive loses one hour of productivity per day searching for missing information.

Clutter also increases stress, and by uncluttering you will not only increase productivity, security and profits but also improve office morale. Read our quick guide in part two to find out the best ways of administering such a plan.

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