It may not come as a surprise that the first tip for getting organized at work includes a gentle reminder that a thorough cleaning of your workspace might be in order. But before you dive headfirst into the piles of reports, reminders and refuse that masquerade as your desk, keep in mind that not everyone needs a pristine desk to function.
A black hole of papers and office supplies could really lead to some people losing their organized minds, in which case a big clean-up may be necessary. But for others, there's a certain method to the madness of a cluttered office. Don't get bogged down feeling guilty about your workspace; if you have a system that works for you, use it. That being said, it might be helpful to take at least a few minutes each week to shuffle through your desk to see what you no longer need and toss it [source: Bonkamp].
Even those who can function gleefully in chaos should remind themselves to put away things once they're done with them, leaving you -- at the very least -- only masses of things you really need.