How to unclutter your home/office for maximum productivity

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It is often difficult to be productive in the midst of clutter, not being able to find important documents or just being unable see what the top of your desk looks like can add to whatever workplace stress you are already feeling.

Then again, it seems inevitable to have a buildup of clutter the longer you use an office or stay in a house.

However, you don’t have to let yourself be overwhelmed with the clutter around you, get rid of that clutter and increase your productivity.

Here is how to go about it.

Start small

We are creatures of habit, sudden, drastic change can often be difficult to make. To start uncluttering your office or home, it is better to set small goals.

Start with a small space then move to a large one. You could start with one room in your house, one desk or filing cabinet.

Setting small goals and completing them would give you the drive to do more, so start small.

Donate what you don’t need

Oftentimes you wonder what you are going to do with the stuff you don’t use. Because you don’t want to seem wasteful by throwing things away, you just keep hoarding.

What to do that will benefit you and others is to donate the things you don’t need.

There are various charities that are willing to take used clothes, furniture, old computers and more


Almost every home and even some offices have a collection of unused plastic containers. Rather than letting that turn into a mountain of debris in your home or office, you can exchange these containers for something you actually need.

This way you get something useful while freeing up much need room in your home or office.

Have a garage sale

If you can’t recycle unwanted items, another option is to have a garage sale for the things you don’t want. Get an adequate space, set out the items and wait for your buyers to come to you. This way you get some monetary value for your waste. Your trash just became someone else’s treasure.


Categorise and keep like items together, this works most especially in the kitchen, this way you can find things easier.

Keeping similar things in the same place also tends a sense of order to how you do things.

For the Office especially

Scan important documents and shred the papers, you’d be surprised at how much clutter paper creates in the office. Backup scanned documents to make sure you don’t lose them.

Keep papers that you need physical copies of ( e.g tax receipts) in plastic bins, you can also put them in clearly marked folders.

Commit to uncluttering

This happens quite often, you have uncluttered you office or home, you are feeling good with yourself, in about a week or two you seem to be back to your old ways.

To ensure this doesn’t happen, you have to consciously work on a minimalist lifestyle, only acquire what you need and resist the urge to hoard.

This way you can keep enjoying your home or office devoid of clutter.

Got more useful tips for uncluttering? Please share with us in the comments section below

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