Is your messy desk a distraction? We’ve got some tips on the best storage solution to organise your desk and achieve your #deskgoal
So you’ve got your cool stationeries from these stores in Singapore for your office workspace, but can’t find any space to store them neatly? We’re here to help. A cluttered, unorganised desk can minimalise productivity in the office, and working amid mess isn’t really the best (unless you’re one of the few who thrives in chaotic environment!). And if you’re looking to get a lot more done at work, then here are some tips and tricks on organising your desk to up your productivity level. Plus, it doesn’t take long (our culture writer Delfina took only 30 minutes to clean and organise her desk!).
Declutter your space
You can never go wrong to start with a purge! Empty, shred and get rid of anything that adds no value to your productivity. Start with one area then move on to the next — clockwise or anticlockwise, it doesn’t matter. Visualise the kind of workspace you want to create and get inspiration from magazines, Pinterest and interior design accounts on Instagram. It’s great to start with a clean slate (or table!)
We love checking out IKEA’s catalogue and feeding our #deskgoals inspo via its workspace gallery here. Plus, if you like what you see, you can simply check out the products in the gallery and shop online as IKEA does deliveries now!
Sort your papers out
Take the time to do an ‘office purge’ and group files, folders, papers and other items according to categories. With the help of magazine holders, files, binders and paper trays, you won’t have to create piles of paper anymore. The best bit? You’ll what’s where without having to rack your brain where you last left that signed invoice.
kikki.K organising folders (from $49.90) come with clear labels and motivational quotes. kikki.K, available at multiple locations, including #B2-53 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801, p. 6509 3107.
Use storage boxes and containers
Keeping organised is a major key to being productive, and storage boxes are lifesavers (I have some under my desk). Plastic containers and durable cardboard boxes are great for efficient storage of just about anything — papers, notebooks, stationery, bulky items — you name it! Don’t forget to group your items into respective segments and label the boxes, or you’ll find yourself spending time rummaging through them instead.
When it comes to storage solutions, Muji is our go-to store. Muji has stocks everything from woven storage partition to clear desk drawers (from $5.80). MUJI Flagship Store, #01-10 to 17 Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road, Singapore 238839, p. 6264 5838.
Make organisation desk less boring
We get it; if you’re not into minimalist aesthetics, clear desk drawers, solid boxes and basic plastic trays may seem boring. Spice up your desk with quirky cool desk organisers for your pens and other stationeries. Instead of using your typical pen holder, I store my pens in a beautifully decorated pot from The Rain in Spain. Plus, to stay constantly inspired and motivated, I keep postcards with quotes and images that remind me of my ultimate goals.
Get some unique styles from Naiise, including this desk organiser that comes with a built-in pen holder, calendar and notepad ($94.90), or this pen holder with a built-in tissue box ($69.90). Grab some art from Naiise as well, and peg them to this multi-functional desktop organiser ($101.70). Naiise, available in Orchard Gateway, The Cathay and I12 Katong.
Diaries, calendars and to-do lists help
What’s staying organised without a nifty desk calendar or diary. Stay ahead of time by jotting your meetings, events, deadlines and other important dates to keep your schedules organised and up-to-date. Throw in a to-do list to keep track of all your tasks for the day. Say goodbye to being late or ever missing a date again!
Kikki.k’s sweet calendars ($24.90) and diaries ($44.90) are decorated with whimsical illustrations that are bound to brighten your day. kikki.K, available at multiple locations, including #B2-53 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801, p. 6509 3107.