How to declutter your desk

The best way to declutter your desk for clean your desk day.

In need of a January clear-out? There’s no time like the present!

We can all be guilty of letting our workspaces get cluttered and messy. But we can also all admit that it’s not the best way to work. Nor the most hygienic, with the average desk containing more germs than a toilet seat!

Thankfully as many get back into the swing of the work week now that the festive season has passed, today is officially clean your desk day.

At Merry Maids UK, our experts love to clean and have been committed to delivering the highest standard of home cleaning for over 30 years. So, we know clean.

That’s why, in honour of clean your desk day, we’re sharing our top tips for decluttering your workspace.

Decluttering your Desk

At home or work, a clutter-free desk is a clean desk.

Really, how can you be expected to work at your best or concentrate when you’re fighting to find your keyboard under a pile of papers and other junk?

  1. Clear the deck!

That’s why the first thing we recommend you do is clear everything off of the desk. Yes, everything.

To properly start the cleaning process, you can’t afford obstructions. You need to be able to clean everything.

So, put the contents of your desk into a box or away from you on the floor – whatever suits you the best.

  1. Sort through clutter

Now that you have all your items out of the way, it’s time to sort them.

Put the items you use a lot in a “Keep Pile”, and any important documents that don’t have to be constantly on hand in an “Archive Pile”.

If we’re being honest, we all have stuff in draws that we don’t need.

Anything you don’t want that is not in either of the existing piles can go into a “Bin Pile” pile.

To make sure you’re putting the items back onto a clean space, check out our tips on how to clean your home office.

  1. Wipe it down!

As much as we love cleaning, there isn’t much point putting everything on your desk in order if it isn’t going to stay that way.

Now that you know which items to chuck and which to donate, clean and disinfect everything you’re putting back.

  1. Organise! Everything!

Assess the layout of your desk. Are you making the best use of space? Would this be better in a drawer? Ooh, what if you moved that over there?

Think about how you can systematically rearrange everything.

For us, organising is great fun. Not because we’re sad. But because there can be great satisfaction in creating order from chaos.

It might seem like a mammoth task, but desk organising needs only follow simple logic.

Keep items you use regularly close by and store your other items in drawers and shelves. That way, they aren’t obstructing your workspace.

  1. Make use of organisation tools

Now that your desk is all clean, we want to make sure we avoid everything to a messy pile.

You can do this by using the many handy dividers, shelves, and cabinets on offer where all good organisation tools are sold.

Take it from us, it’s far more satisfying (and useful) to know what’s in what tray and to be able to see where everything is!

And why stop at your desk? Check out our list of handy organisation tools we found on Amazon.

  1. Stick to it!

Now that you’ve given everything a place, ensure you stick to your system and put things back where they need to be.

There is nothing more annoying or stressful than not being able to find something when you need it. Putting a system in place helps your desk stay clean and means you work more efficiently.

Need help cleaning?

We know that sometimes we are a little more enthusiastic about cleaning than most. Not everyone shares our passion for cleaning and organising. Luckily, we’ll do it for you!

If you’d like help and support with your cleaning from the experts, find your nearest Merry Maids business today to receive a free, no-obligation quote on our bespoke home cleaning and organisation services.