With the holidays comes all sorts of chaos. Finals, Christmas Shopping, Holiday Parties, which leaves almost no time for anything, including keeping everything organized. Now that everything has calmed down (well, sort of).
Step 1: Declutter
Before you can get organized, you have to know what you need to get organized. This is definitely the longest part of the process, but also the most important. Sort everything you have into three piles: Keep, Donate/Sell, Throw Away. If you need a "immmm not sure yet" pile, that's ok too, but you need to make sure that the pile is only temporary. Sort everything into those piles (make sure to keep them well separated). Then promptly throw away (or recycle) everything in the Throw Away pile, and make arrangements to Donate/Sell anything that you're not keeping.
Step 2: Give Everything a Home
Now that you've got just your "Keep" pile, you can really start organizing. Find a home for everything that needs to stay at your desk. Your stapler should always go in your top drawer (or wherever you want it to go), and your papers should always go straight into the files you've got ready. This is really the key to staying organized is that you need to commit to having a home for everything.
Step 3: Spend 5 Minutes a Day on Your Organization
This is usually where I struggle. Keeping your desk organized is something that doesn't just happen. Take five minutes at the end of your day to put away papers, throw away garbage, and close all of your desk drawers. The more days you skip, the more likely it is you'll have to go back to steps one and two, so its important to keep working on that five minutes. Some days, you won't need five minutes, other days you might find that five minutes turn to ten.
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