Hey everyone! For today's post, as a little extension of my tips for studying post (if you haven't read it, here's the link: https://hellamel.weebly.com/blog/tips-for-studying) I thought it would be helpful to talk about some ways to keep a clean desk. In fact, one of my tips in that post was that maintaining an organized work space is key to being able to focus, but I didn't go into the details about how I go about it. Anyways, here are 5 tips that I recommend trying out for a tidy work area!
1. Keep a trash can near your desk.
This is extremely important if you're like me and want to minimize how much you have to get up from your desk and move around. I always have stuff that needs to be thrown away - whether it be old papers, scraps, wrappers - and it's just helpful to have a trash can right there for immediate disposal. I keep my trash can right underneath my desk and I easily pull it out anytime I need to throw something away. This way, I will actually dispose of my garbage and not leave it lying on my table. All in all, this creates a better and fresher environment to work in.
2. Tons of eraser shavings everywhere? Use a sheet protector like one of these:
This tip is also useful if you don't want pencil / pen marks to rub off on your desk, when you finish writing on one side of a paper and need to flip to the other side. I started using this technique when I first got my white desk. I noticed that my pencil marks would transfer to my desk every time I flipped to the other side of the paper, and since my desk was white, it was extremely noticeable. Later, I also realized that my sheet protector collected the majority of my eraser shavings. This was a neat surprise because without the sheet protector, eraser shavings would start piling up in random mounds on my desk, and I didn't want to simply swipe them off of my desk onto the floor. With the sheet protector, I can simply pick it up and toss the contents on top of it into a trash can. Once again, no mess = more productivity! You don't have to use a sheet protector. You can honestly use anything you'd like, so long as you are able to write on it and it can collect scraps. I just like to use a sheet protector because I can insert a decorated piece of paper into it. For example, here's my sheet protector + paper combo:
I also like to switch out the paper occasionally for some diversity. I think that method provides a lot more creativity because you can have fun perhaps making your own design on a piece of paper to put into the clear film, or you can, like me, take some pre-designed paper, insert it into the clear film, and periodically switch out the papers. Obviously, you don’t need a clear film for that, but I personally like it because it gives my paper a glossy look, which in turn looks better on my desk.
3. Use organizers / holders for the smaller items on your desk.
Got a lot of random writing utensils lying around? If you don't have a proper pencil holder or box, anything resembling one will work. For example, you could use mason jars, mugs, or even tupperware. Of course, feel free to add accessories to make it look cuter. A visually pleasing workspace makes me more motivated to study.
I also have a lot of random small items on my desk. I have a box of Altoids, lotion, eye drops, and oil sheets, and I also have tons of paper clips and binder clips. I keep these items in this box with an attached cover I found in my house so that they weren't all over the place.
For my loose paper clips and binder clips, I put them all in a cute jar:
See what I mean? Everything just looks so much better when they're all grouped together, organized and neat, ready at my disposal.
4. Use coasters / trays when you bring drinks / snacks.
I always bring drinks and food up to my desk and eat while I work. I cannot place my drink on my desk without a coaster, especially if the cup I'm using is made out of thin plastic or glass and porcelain, since water will bead up and leave a mess on my table. Yes, personally, coasters are very important to me. Here's the coaster I use. My mom got this for me when she visited Japan. Isn't it so adorable?
For snacks that are a bit messier (for example, snacks with dip, or watery fruit), I suggest placing everything on a tray and then placing that tray onto your desk. With a tray, you also eliminate the need for coasters, as you can simply place your drink onto the tray itself, but most of the time I will only bring a drink up and will therefore not require a whole tray to carry it. These methods reduce the mess that ends up directly on the surface of your desk and makes it much easier to clean up afterwards.
5. Got a lot of random papers? Use a magazine file!
This tip is especially useful if you want to hold all your papers in one place yet be able to easily access them whenever needed. Remember, grouping everything up in one place is key. You can place one directly on your desk and fill it up with important documents or reminders. What you put in there doesn't just have to be loose papers; it works just as well with the storage of notebooks, journals, planners, and other stationary as well.
Those were my tips for keeping a clean area to work in! These strategies personally have worked really well and I hope they do for you as well. Have a great rest of your day!