Brace yourselves, I’m about to admit something that might make you go, wtf?!
I enjoy cleaning. I enjoy organizing my spaces. I enjoy decluttering.
Crazy, right? I mean, who really enjoys doing those things? I guess, like most things, I more so enjoy the reward from doing those things.
When I walk in the door and my livingroom is spotless, I instantly feel relaxed and happy. On the other hand, if I walk into my bathroom and everything has exploded on the sink, dirty clothes litter the floor, and my husband has seemed to miss the garbage can every single time he attempted to throw away a used q-tip, then I can feel (pretty much instantaneously) my stress level rise. My heart beats faster, I become anxious, stressed, worked up. I don’t even want to walk in there. It’s proven that clutter causes stress and both negatively affect our brains (even our bodies). There is something about a clean, decluttered, organized space that just gives you some strange sense of peace and calm.
So here are the 3 steps to creating a relaxing workspace that will feed your productivity and success.
If you want to take it even a step further, apply these same 3 steps digitally and clean up your desktop, email, etc. Just plan an entire “Purge” day. Some people may actually benefit more from doing a digital clean up.
1 – Clean Up.
Please don’t try to set your computer down on those McDonalds wrappers and expect to be productive and successful and motivated for that matter. Really, to be the most productive, you want to separate your work area from your eating area, etc., but I know we all work and eat where and when we can. You should pick up daily and plan for at least once every 2 weeks to do a more thorough cleaning.
A. Clean out all trash.
C. Vacuum or sweep because nothing is more distracting then crumbs and old cheerios stuck to the bottom of your feet. You could even keep one of these next to your desk for easy clean ups.
2 – Throw it Out.
A. Get rid of duplicates of anything. You can keep extra items in a cabinet.
B. Remove all non-essential items from your office space with the exception of 1 OR 2 decorative items. Do not cover your desk in pictures, candles, etc. Pick 2 that you really like and leave them, the rest can be put somewhere in your home’s living space. You can put all of the thank you cards, christmas cards, etc in a nice keepsake box in the cabinet.
C. Only keep items on your desk that you use several times a day. Find a drawer for the rest. For example, if you only use your hole punch every so often, put it away.
A. Put like things together. Don’t mix your paperclips and push pins, for example, no matter how trivial that might sound. It makes things just a little bit easier and less stressful if you are able to find exactly what you are looking for in the exact spot it should be (without poking yourself too!). Its these small, seemingly insignificant things that will add up throughout the day.
B. No desk junk drawers. Everything should have a place and there should be a designated place for everything. Invest in drawer and cabinet organizers so there aren’t just piles of things everywhere.
C. Straighten and organize cords. These are great for keeping them together at only needed lengths. You can also check out this idea for securing smaller cords to your desk. This is a great product for organizing cords in general.
As someone who always made people ask, “How does she do it?”, I had to learn how to fit more into my day without completely losing my mind. Now I’m excited to share how I did that and what I’ve learned with everyone else. I just want to see people able to live the life they want, doing the things they want, without the stress they think is normal. I want everyone to experience Peace of Time.