ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — When the workspace at home or the office resembles a disaster area instead of a place humans inhabit, it might be time to get organized.
The start of a new year presents the perfect moment to clean up the clutter.
Local professional organizer Hazel Thornton, who owns Organized For Life, said the first step in transforming a messy workspace is an assessment. She said whether the space is at home or in an office setting, the user must determine the purpose and function of the space and what they are trying to accomplish there on a daily basis. A cluttered, messy workspace, she said, can create stress, waste time, lead to late fees on bills, and result in missed opportunities.
Clearing out the work area comes next. She said using boxes with lids to sort out the stuff creates a clean workspace immediately and is the first step to organizing and purging. The boxes should be organized by purpose. For example, there can be a box for decorations, another for stuff that will go into another room, a box for stuff that needs to be filed and one for things that will be donated or thrown away.