How to Organize your Workspace for the New Year

Get Organized for the New YearOn January 1, it’s out with the old and in with the new. But have you ever applied that to your workspace? Take a look around and we guarantee you’ll spot some fossils.

At the workplace, we accumulate items just as we do at home. But between deadlines and demanding clients, we rarely have the time to give our desks a proper clean.

This time of year gives us a chance for resolution. So why not start with something as tangible and simple as organizing your workspace?

Donate, trash, keep

First, take stock. Create three piles labeled donate, trash and keep. Then, begin organizing the contents of your desk into that space. Leave no item behind. When you’re finished, the desk should be completely emptied into your piles.

Before you decide to keep the item, ask yourself when you used it last and when you’re likely to use it again. You can also apply the well-loved Marie Kondo method: if the item doesn’t give you joy, it belongs in the trash. In other words, if the pen always smudges or gives you a callus, maybe it’s time to treat yourself to a new one.

If it’s an extra stapler that you never use, donating to a colleague or charity goods organization could be the answer. For the trash pile, ask what can be recycled or composted. Many of your old documents can probably go into the compost heap!

Use that shredder

Often, we hold on to old documents because they contain sensitive information. If you want to maintain client privacy while shedding redundant documents, head to the shredder. It’ll lighten your load without compromising your business’ integrity.

Clean it up

When’s the last time your desk was bare? Now that your items are sorted into piles, give every surface a good dust and spray.

Create new organizing systems

Before you start returning items to your desk, reconsider your placement. Perhaps it makes sense to use that bottom drawer for shipping supplies and the top drawer for invoices, but you had everything wherever it fit in the past. Make note of opportunities that will make doing your job more seamless.

Dress it up

It’s amazing what a potted plant or picture frame can do. Studies show that personalizing your workspace can have major psychological benefits. So get down with some feng shui or add a pop of your favourite colour. You’ll thank yourself later.

Holiday Office Potluck Ideas

Ah, the holiday potluck and the dreaded question: what will you make? Stop guessing over food allergies, how many people are already making brownies or where you’ll find the recipe for the dish you made last year. We’ve got five crowd-pleasing recipes, one of which is sure to fit your office’s palate.

Please-everyone Corn Bread

Corn Bread - Holiday Office Potluck Ideas

You can never go wrong with cornbread. And this dairy-free, gluten-free option is safe for everyone. The best part? You can serve it chilled. So bake it the night before, wrap it up and it’s good to go. Get the recipe here.

Stand-out Salad

Stand-out-Salad: Holiday Office Potluck Ideas

Made of wheat berry, cranberry and kale, this hearty winter salad will please even your most green-averse colleague. It’s sweet, crunchy and colourful. And so easy to take-along. Get the recipe here.

Easy, Cheesy Bake

Cheesy Bake: Holiday Office Potluck Ideas

The ultimate comfort food, crispy on top and gooey with cheese. Sausage rounds out this classic Italian ‘potato cake’. You’ll want to reheat before serving, but it’s travel-friendly and easy to make in advance. Get the recipe here.

Indestructible Crumble

Apple Crumble: Holiday Office Potluck Ideas

Hearty and easy to take-away, go with a crumble. A pie will crack, but a crumble will look great even after a lengthy commute. We love this apple option, suitable for vegans, gluten-free and sugar-free folk. The yummy coconut cream topping is optional. Get the recipe here.

Festive Dessert

Festive Dessert: Holiday Office Potluck Ideas

Put a twist on the classic holiday sugar cookie in the form of peppermint, chocolate and — you guessed it — take-away ease. Peppermint chocolate sugar cookie bars are just unexpected enough, while appealing to cookie traditionalists. And taking a hammer to a handful of candy canes for this topping is the ultimate holiday shopping therapy. Get the recipe here.