I love a clean welcoming workspace as much as the next gal. Unfortunately, or fortunately, I’m busy and so my desk is often a dumping ground for everything paper and a very odd assortment of miscellaneous stuff. I admit this never happens all at once but one random object at a time. This latest hoe-out included ear buds, a contract revision and some work related Christmas gifts. Here is the thing, if my space is cluttered, I’m not happy because energy, creative or otherwise, is not flowing.
But I’ve got deadlines to meet, books to complete and words to write before I sleep. Still, I can’t stand it anymore. So here are three tips I use to unclutter and boost creative energy.
Get It Clean
- Set a Timer. This comes from my friend Liz Matis. Give yourself a time limit to motivate you to keep moving and prevent you from using the cleaning as an excuse to keep from writing. That way you won’t feel like you have a clean space but a zero word count.
- Begin with Trash. What can you throw out? If you don’t want or need it, get rid of it.
- Put it Away. Put it where it belongs or make a place for it.
Keep It Clean
- Handle Paper Only Once. Open the mail over the garbage. Chuck it if you can. File it if you can’t. Pay it if you must.
- Don’t Put That There. Clean spaces are so attractive and that is why they draw whatever crap you have in your hands. You must resist energy pull of a clean surface. That space is for working, not storage. So take the 30 extra seconds required to put it away where it belongs!
- Reset. Enjoy your workspace but remember that everything has a place. So put it there when you are done with it.
Good luck with your own desk decluttering. I hope the process proves rewarding and an energy booster to your creative endeavors.