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Admit it: you have been late in submitting a document because you were too busy looking for it in a pile of papers on your desk.“That has never happened to me,” you may say. Well, yeah, it may not be a document, but I’m pretty sure you have misplaced at least one item, most likely your pen, and you ended up borrowing from a co-worker you barely even talk to.

And we both know what the culprit is: higgledy-piggledy desk. Papers, wires, pens, folders, trash—everything is on your desk, but not where it should be.

Although I admit placing items just about anywhere on your table saves time. Well, at first. Later on, looking for these itemseats time off your break. Obviously, you should allot at least one day to clean and organize your workspace. And this one day will last for as long as you can keep up with it.What you need

· Multi-colored sticky notes

Often times, we don’t know where to place an item because we don’t know where they belong. Using multi-colored sticky notes to label these items will surely help.

If sticky notes are not readily available, you may use multi-colored paper otherwise known as art paper to label your items. Just remember, the more colors available, the better.

· Permanent marker

For those who have trouble remembering which color is assigned for which item or if your sticky notes have fewer colors than your categories, labeling them with a marker surely helps.

If no permanent item is available, a pen will do. But you have to make sure to write it thickly so the labels are conspicuous even from afar.

· Black yarn

For the dangling wires and cables, having something to bind them with surely helps. Elastics or binding wires may also work, but there would be more hassle should you decide to remove one wire from the bundle in the future.

· Folders

To keep documents from getting crumpled, it’s nice to place them in folders. Envelopes may also be used, but it takes more time placing a piece of paper inside it. Plus taking it out may also crumple the paper.

· MugFor the pens, scissors, and other materials you just can’t place inside a folder, a mug may be used to hold them. Empty boxes or any hollowed item may also work. Just choose one that’s heavy so that it won’t topple over when there are too many items on one side.

· Colored paper

Aside from using the colored paper to label your categories or documents, colored paper may also be used to wrap the mug to give it some artsy-craftsy look. But any décor of your choice will also do.

· Trashcan

Of course, the cleaning and organizing won’t be complete without a place for them throwables. Having two trashcans is recommended to segregate garbage.

Other materials:

· Scissors

· Clear sticky tape (Scotch tape)

How to clean and organize your workspace

1. Remove all items from the desk. Clean and organize your workspace starting off with the ones on the desk. It’s better if you can place these items in a wider space, like the floor for easier sorting.If there are too many, organize the ones on the desk first. Then move on to the other items in the drawers and other areas in your workspace.

2. Sort the items. This is the tedious part. You literally have to go through each of the items you got off your desk and sort them. Start off segregating what deserves to be kept and which ones have to be given to the garbage man. Then sort, again, what’s left according to your preferred categories. List down your labels as you go.

3. Write the labels. Using the marker, write your labels on the sticky notes. Then using the sticky tapes and the scissors, attach these to where it should be placed: folders, drawers, mug, filing cabinet, etc. For those items whose categories you haven’t figured out yet, you may write “uncategorized” or “will get back to you later.”

4. Clean your workspace. Before putting back your files and other items to their respective places, dust off the shelves and wipe them clean.

5. Replace everything according to the label. Now that you have categorized and labeled your shelves and containers, each one should go to where it belongs. For documents that can’t get crumpled, place them in a folder first. Pens and scissor may go to the mug for easier access when you need them.

If the shelves, drawers, and containers you have are not enough to keep your items, you can make extra wall storage for them.

6. Organize your cables. After arranging the papers and pens, it’s time to work on the cables. Begin with untwisting and untangling them wires. Group the ones placed in proximity, e.g. PC and printer, and tie the wires together using the yarn. A basic slipknot will do to keep them together. Slipknot is also easy to untangle. Keep them in place using the sticky tape.

7. Clean off the extra mess.After everything is in place, you may sweep the floor and throw away the trash. Also, keep the trashcans near you in the future so your garbage won’t pile up.

Learning how to clean and organize your workspace and keeping your stuff sorted out surely saves you from the headache of looking for them later. This may be quite a task at first, but it will be advantageous in the long run. It’s also a plus if you can decorate your walls for your workspace to be more conducive for working.

But because this task needs a lot of time, it’s better to hook your music player to your trusty soundbar so you’ll at least have company while doing this.You may also get them vinyl albums and Crosley turntable to keep you company.

If it still looks like a hard work, you can always ask someone else to do it for you.

Erin Taylor is the founder of YouthTune.Com, a music adventurer. I love learning about music and audio devices, which I eventually share with others so that they too can go on exploring the melodious world of music.