Unclutter Your Workspace By Organising One Zone A Day

Unclutter Your Workspace By Organising One Zone A Day

If your desk is a completely unorganised mess, productivity blog Unclutter suggests reorganising it by tackling one zone a day until it’s clean and clear.

Photo by Maggie.

Instead of trying to tackle your entire workspace in a single day, Unclutter recommends breaking your desk into different function zones and cleaning them one at time over the course of a few days. For zones, they suggest eight different functions that are pretty common:

  1. Equipment
  2. Inbox
  3. Current Projects
  4. Active Files
  5. Reference Materials
  6. Supplies
  7. Archived Files
  8. Personal Items

When you break your workspace into zones like this it makes the cleaning process less overwhelming and allows you the time to concentrate on making it work well. Hit up the full post on Unclutterer for specific suggestion cleaning up each zone.

Organizing your workspace based on function zones [Unclutterer]


  • Zone? How disorganized is a person, really, who can already neatly separate their clutter into zones? A “zone” to me is “that pile on the right”, or “that area between my monitors and my keyboard”. Not “Active files”, which are typically interspersed with “Current projects” and “Reference materials”, etc. I like to cover my desk, to the left and right of me, with current stuff of all sorts.

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