- Limit your paper usage. If you can, go paperless and start using your computer to file documents electronically, rather than printing documents and then filing them. For tips on paperless work flow, click here.
- If you can't go paperless, keep a good filing system. Establish a method for wrangling paperwork. If you're having trouble getting started on your desk organization project, Beth from Apartment Therapy Los Angeles has broken down the process into three manageable steps: one, two, three. LifeClever also has a good, detailed list of steps for managing paperwork.
- Beware of black holes. Avoid organizational "black holes" like paper trays and miscellaneous files, which encourage you to stash paper indefinitely. Junk collectors like these can quickly clutter the surface of your desk.
- Keep a wastebasket and recycling bin near your desk. If it's nearby, you'll use it more. Regularly throw away or recycle broken pens, scratch paper, and all those little things that so many people hang on to for no good reason.
- Wrangle wires and chargers. Our tech site has a long list of recommendations for cord control. It's also a good idea to establish a charging station where you keep your cell phone, iPod, BlackBerry, or other portable devices while they're recharging. Unplggd has two great roundups of simple charging stations you can make yourself.
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