3 Ways To Control Your Office Clutter

Last Updated Jun 3, 2008 10:14 AM EDT

186613888_b3bb9d955e_m.jpgI tend to be most productive and efficient when my workspace is neat and organized. Despite knowing this, my home office still tends to slide toward a natural state of barely controlled chaos. My piles of paper beget other piles, my sticky notes threaten to obscure my computer screen, and my inbox often overflows with non-crucial items like magazine clippings, invitations and a half-eaten granola bar.

As the mess gets worse, so does my focus. It's not just that there are so many potential distractions ("I really need to file those papers..."). It's that there's so much physical clutter that it translates to psychic clutter, so I can no longer concentrate completely on the task at hand. It's like self-imposed ADD. And that's hell on productivity.

Obviously, I need to get (and keep!) my office in order. Here are three hot tips I found that'll get me -- and maybe you -- on the road to neatness.

(Image by ChrisL_AK via Flickr, CC 2.0)
  • CC Holland

    CC Holland is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and a number of national magazines. Online, she was a columnist for AnchorDesk.com and writes regularly for Law.com and BNET. On the other side of the journalism desk, she's been a managing editor for ZDNet, CNet, and KCBS-TV in Los Angeles, where she earned an APTRA Best News Web Site award.