5 Strategies to Declutter Your Office for the New Year

Alex Greenwood
3 min readDec 27, 2023

As the year draws to a close, many of us (okay, me) find our workspaces buried under the detritus of year-long projects, paperwork, and the general clutter that accumulates in the hustle and bustle of business life. Decluttering your office isn’t just about aesthetics; it’s a practical way to enhance productivity, reduce stress, and start the New Year with a clean slate.

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Here are five effective strategies to channel your inner Marie Kondo to declutter your office, transforming it into a more efficient and pleasant working environment.

Start with a Clear-Out Session

Begin by setting aside a specific time for a thorough decluttering session. This isn’t a fifteen-minute tidy-up; it’s a dedicated effort to sift through every item in your office. Sort everything into categories: essential, occasional use, and unnecessary.

Be ruthless. If you haven’t used it in the past year, you likely won’t need it. This step sets the tone for a more organized workspace.

Digitize What You Can

In our digital age, there’s little need to drown in a sea of paper. Scan important documents and store them digitally. Cloud storage services offer a cheap, secure, and accessible way to keep your files, reducing the need for physical copies. This doesn’t just save space; it also makes searching for documents faster and more efficient.

Implement a Systematic Storage Plan

Organize your workspace in a way that reflects the frequency of use of each item. Items used daily should be within arm’s reach, while less frequently used items can be stored away. Invest in storage solutions like shelves, drawer organizers, and filing cabinets. A place for everything and everything in its place is more than a cliché; it’s a productivity booster.

Adopt a Minimalist Mindset

Less is often more when it comes to a productive workspace. A minimalist approach doesn’t mean a bare office, but rather a space where every item has a purpose and a place. This approach not only clears physical space but also helps in reducing mental clutter, leading to…

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Alex Greenwood

PR Consultant, Speaker, Podcast Producer/Host, Editor, and Award-Winning Writer of the John Pilate Mystery Series. Accomplished belly laugher.