Before you start organizing your office space (or any space for that matter), it's important to ask yourself questions that will instruct your process. You'll need a vision for the space (and a goal statement wouldn't hurt either) but we've found these two questions really enlighten the organizing process.
- What items are on your desk currently? List everything within reach, from a large filing cabinet to a hole puncher to back issues of magazines (this might be a lengthy list but we find taking stock of everything really quantifies what you're surrounded by on a daily basis).
- What items do you use on a daily/weekly basis at your desk? Take an inventory of items you use on a daily basis for a few days so you can say without hesitation what you actually need close by when you're working. What we find when working with clients is that they have quite a bit of clutter surrounding them but often, they never refer to those items or actively use those belongings enough to rationalize having them close by.