She can be ruthless, but professional organiser and expert declutterer Georgie Rees believes that apart from a productivity boost, decluttering also has positive psychological effects.
Here are a few of her tips:
Prioritise What You Need
The first step to decluttering is figuring out what you actually need on your desk. Think about the items you reach for everyday and what’s just there for the sake of being there.
Have a Spot For Everything
A handy decluttering principle to live by is to assign spaces to everything. “Things are always going to turn into a jumble if there isn’t a spot,” Georgie says. Group similar items together so there’s only one place you’ll have to go to look.
Clear Space Is Your Friend
Resist the urge to fill every inch of your desk with something, because empty space works to increase clarity. When it comes to styling, pick a few things you feel inspired by and rotate them around so things feel fresh.
Focus on Vertical Space
If you find yourself low on storage space, think in terms of verticals — you might want to consider adding a floating shelf or document sorter to your desk. Walls around your desk can also make for great styling points.