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Five Easy Tips to Declutter your Desk

If you’re that person in the office whose desk resembles the set of a post-apocalyptic zombie film, don’t worry—every office has one (or a few). Yet a cluttered desk isn't just a visual or hygienic problem: studies have consistently shown that keeping a clean and organized workspace makes you more productive at the office. Take a look at these five easy steps to not only declutter your desk, but keep it that way for good.

 

1. Start From Scratch

This probably isn’t the first time you’ve yelled, “Enough!” and decided to fully commit to keeping a clean and organized workspace. However, simply having another cosmetic cleaning day is only going to lead back to the same old habits. In order to declutter your desk for good, organizational expert Peter Walsh suggests you ask yourself: What do I want from my office space, and is it meeting my needs? To start from scratch, take everything off of and out of your desk and place it in categorized boxes. Only then can you determine what you really need, and what items are wasting your desk’s precious real estate. 

 

2. Divide Your Workspace Into Zones

Once you’ve decided how you want to utilize your space and what essentials you need to keep there, it’s time to organize your desk into zones for different work functions. For example, put all of your writing utensils and office supplies such as staples, scissors and calculators in an easily-accessible storage drawer, rather than scattered across your desktop. For books, large reports and other resource documents, designate a special library area towards the periphery of your workstation. And while many offices brag of going paperless, the reality is that most companies still use an exorbitant amount of paper for daily functions. To keep loose leaf paper out of the way, set up a specific storage zone that keeps these documents well-organized and readily available for when you need to access them in a hurry. 

 

3. Invest in Organizational Tools

In order to keep your new workplace zones intact and relevant, you’ll want to invest in
 a few organizational tools. A simple
cork board is a great way to keep personal items, such as photos, post-its and to-do lists, out of your way. A drawer organizer will ensure that all of the little things—thumbtacks, paper clips, highlighters and extra tape—have a designated home in your storage drawer. And, most importantly, you’ll want to purchase a letter tray and file organizer to act as the centerpiece of your storage area. The Safco Mesh Desktop Organizer is a great example of an inexpensive, efficient file tray that will keep your documents and binders coordinated and off of your workspace.

 

 

 

 

 

4. Maintain Your Cables

We tend to focus on all of the papers and other knick-knacks that accumulate on our desks, yet we ignore the permanent and essential pieces of our workspace—the cables that power our devices. Cable clutter is often the most persistent form of desk clutter because most of us don’t realize there’s a very easy way to manage those troublesome cords. If you’re serious about organizing your desk to its fullest potential, invest in a docking station such as the Vertical Dock by Henge Docks. The Vertical Dock neatly manages the flow of cables in and out of your MacBook by repositioning them from the sides of your laptop to the back, all while opening up more space on your desktop. You’ll wonder how you ever survived without a cable management system in the first place.

 

5. Set a Cleaning Schedule

Cleaning and organizing your desk is easy—it’s keeping it clean and organized that’s the more difficult task. To ensure that your workspace doesn’t fall back into its dual role as a trash can, set a weekly or bi-weekly cleaningschedule. One of the best times to clean your desk is at the end of day on Friday: you won’t be distracted by work and it’s a great way to clear your head and transition into the weekend. Plus, you’ll arrive at work on Monday to a clean and more productive space.

 


10 Comments

Henge Docks
Henge Docks

October 19, 2016

@Leonardo, Unfortunately we don’t have any plans to make an update to the standard MacBook Pro Docking Station at this time! If anything changes, we will update our blog and social media channels.

@David Sorry to hear that. Our docks are always improving with each production run, however, we are happy to hear you are enjoying your Vertical Docking Station!

@Steve That’s a good solution! We recommend that or you can always purchase Thunderbolt cables from the Apple store and install them in the dock.

@Kobi, I’m sincerely sorry to hear this! Have you tried reaching out to our Customer Support team? They’d be happy to help you get this issue resolved. You can reach out to them on our website here: http://support.hengedocks.com/support/home.

@Boy, we haven’t had any reported battery issues, however we do recommend that if customers choose to have their MacBook docked for the majority of each day that you remove it from the dock at least once a week and use the battery.

Marcus
Marcus

October 14, 2016

@Matt maybe you were confusing the white cables that comes with the hengedock (which is Mini DisplayPort cables) with thunderbolt hookup cables. You have to remove those and insert a real thunderbolt cable directly into the dock (which is directly into the macbook.

Thunderbolt and minidisplay port look the same and fit the same but are not the same. :)

Boy
Boy

October 14, 2016

I thought about getting a vertical dock a long time now. But I’m wondering: won’t it be bad for the battery to be charged constantly? At the moment, I unplug the cable daily and start charging again when it is at about 20 %

Ron
Ron

October 14, 2016

Had the same problem as Matt: Didn’t work with my Thunderbolt displays, support said no other choice than to return it.

Kobi
Kobi

October 13, 2016

I had to return my doc, vertical, due to conectivity issues. I never got refund as promised!
Too bad
Kobi.shafrir@gmail.com

Steve Hartman
Steve Hartman

October 13, 2016

I have the vertical HengeDock for my MacBook Pro connected with two thunderbolt displays. The trick is to use the thunderbolt cable from the monitor and fasting it into the henge dock. The unit only comes with display port cable’s

David
David

October 13, 2016

I had to return my Hengedock horizontal dock because it kept malfunctioning refusing to dock with my MacBook Pro 2015. After getting a second replacement dock that also malfunctioned in the same way, I gave up. Too bad, because the design is great, but reliability isn’t.

I have a vertical dock that does work.

Leonardo Pacheco
Leonardo Pacheco

October 13, 2016

I have a Henge Dock for the old model MacBook Pro and used it for years, but I hate having to install the cables in the dock. Couldn’t you simply implement extensions in the thing and make the ports available on the back?

Henge Docks
Henge Docks

October 12, 2016

Hi Matt, sorry to hear that! All of our docking stations, except the one for the MacBook Air, are compatible with Thunderbolt Displays. Did you try reaching out to our Customer Support team? You can contact them here: http://support.hengedocks.com/support/home. Thanks!

Matt Gilley
Matt Gilley

October 11, 2016

I had a henge dock and had to return it because it did not work with my Thunderbolt display.

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