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Most of us spend more time in our office than we do at home.  With a busy team and lots going on our office storage solutions can soon be filled with clutter.  That is why it is worth clearing out the clutter on a regular basis and freeing up some office storage space.

So how do you go about it?

Step 1.  Clear out

It may seem drastic but the best way to start is to clear everything out.  Clear off your office shelving and your storage systems. Clean out your desk draws and get all of your staff involved.

Step 2. Assess what you keep

Develop a system and create piles.  Ask all your staff to check if things need to be ‘thrown’, ‘filed’, or ‘archived’.  You will quickly be able to get rid of anything you don’t need.

Step 3. Assess your office storage solutions

The next step is to start to put things back.  But don’t fall back into old habits and throw things into drawers.  Consider how you want to store your current documents and how you want to archive old ones.  Archive storage boxes are a great way to file away items you no longer need. Think about the files you need to access regularly.  What is the best way to file these? Perhaps it is time to invest in a new shelving system that is in easy reach? Or maybe office shelving?

Once you have decided on the best way to file and organise your documents develop a system and let everyone in your office know.  Set aside some time to explain how the new office storage system works and how you expect it to be kept.

As soon as everyone is on board you will soon find that your office runs much more smoothly and it will look cleaner!

It might even be worth asking everyone to spend 15 minutes at the end of the week to de-clutter their desk and area so that Monday morning you can start afresh.  The key is to be ruthless and make sure that you have office storage solutions that match your needs.