First of all, as you notice from above, our desk, an IKEA Jonas, is located right in front of a shelving unit (IKEA Enetri). This means on top of having access to the drawers integrated into the Jonas, we have massive space to store books, papers, and other things right next to our workstation. We found that keeping the shelf organized as well helps keeping our desk free of clutter.
1. Keep Your Books Off Your Desk: If you have a lot of books like we do, it's best to have a shelving system in place to keep them organized. While we do put some of our books on our desk when we are using them, we smartly stash them away once we're done, keeping our workstation free of them.
3. Keep Things You'll Use Every Day on Your Desk: We keep our class notebooks, research notebooks, and other notebooks that we are currently using on our desk, since they frequently go into our backpacks to go to school and back. It makes them easy to find and it's facilitates the morning routine.
4. Throw Away Clutter, Paper, & Things You Don't Need: One of the hardest parts that some people face when cleaning their desks is to simply be able to chuck stuff in the bin when you don't need it. Whenever we find anything useless, we throw it away.
5. Go Through Your Papers: We all have a few stacks of papers (actually in our case, we only have a small stack that hasn't been processed) but it's important to go through them once every few weeks in order to throw out stuff you don't need and organize them. Otherwise, you'll end up with stacks covering all of your desk real estate.IKEA Galant before (with extensions), and it was hard to keep it clean because it was just so big. We also like to use the Enetri shelf for post-it notes and lists. Since this shelf is eye-level, it makes it easy to see them. Also, the books on that shelf are smaller, ensuring that the post-its don't cover any part of them. Once you're organized, cleaning your desk is a cinch. We cleaned up our messy desk in a few minutes, thanks to the system we had in place. Most of the cleaning involved dusting and scrubbing the desk clean. IKEA Jonas: Simple Yet Effective Declutter Your Desk in Four Easy Steps Keep Your Messy Desk Clean Best Decluttering Trick Clean Your Office Desk for Good Five Steps to a Permanently Cleaner Office
(main photos by Range)