Here Comes 2011: Tips for Readying Your Office for the New Year

Published Wednesday, December 15, 2010 5:19 PM

It's right around the corner: A New Year, a clean slate. Take a few simple steps now to get your office in order for a productive start to the New Year.

 Make a List: Don't start tossing stuff willy nilly. Approach the year-end clean up in an orderly fashion by inventorying your files, deciding what to keep, what to store and what to toss. Next, make a master list. For example, if you know you want to keep 2010 customer files for posterity, put them on the archive list. Same goes for invoices, or purchase orders or anything else that has to be transferred to storage. Color code the list so files to keep are one color, files to archive another and so on.

Toss: We've said it before and we'll say it again. Organizing begins with eliminating the unnecessary. So get out that shredder and wastepaper basket and get ready to purge.

Buy boxes, and files and labels: Invest in solid, corrugated file boxes for archiving records to keep. Ready yourself for an organized 2010 by stocking up on files and labels.

Day Planner: Don't spend the first week of January playing catch up with your calendar. Get your day planner now and start filling in January appointments.

Sort Your Desk Drawers: Take 20 minutes to organize your desk drawers, tossing unnecessary items and grouping like supplies (i.e. post-it-notes, pens, staples) together.

Eliminate e-clutter: Does your email box overfloweth? Schedule blocks of time to get through the email once and for all and head into the New Year resolved keep your inbox from filling up again.

Do you have plans to clean up your office as you head into the New Year? What end-of-the-year organizing strategies do you use? Share your thoughts here and on the Beyond Folders Community's Facebook and Twitter pages.

by Candie Harris


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