According to a recent Pew Research Center study, 71% of employed adults are working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That makes January the perfect time for a workspace refresh!

January 11th is "National Clean off your Desk" day. Perfect timing for me! I just picked up this desk off a local "Whidbey Island Buy, Sell & Trade" Facebook page.

Since so many of us are working from home, I thought I'd share some of my favorite tips:

Your new or temporary home office is prime real estate with many American's working from home or participating in long distance learning. First things first, clear off and clean up! Keep only the most used supplies handy on top of the desk.

As if juggling work projects and helping the kids with school work isn't distracting enough, eliminating workspace distractions and accumulated tchotchkes goes a long way in staying focused and getting your work done.

Grab the trash can and start removing all receipts, paraphernalia no longer needed, and any lunch debris or wrappers (let's be honest, you're probably eating from your work station). For documents that need to remain close, start a system to stay organized. A filing organizer goes a long way in eliminating the frantic search for needed documents.

A well placed plant not only adds life and some greenery to your "office", but is proven to reduce stress and anxiety.

I personally like Devil's Ivy, because it's practically impossible to kill and doesn't mind the shade.

Make a weekly plan to spend 1-2 minutes sanitizing your keyboard, screens and phones, wipe off the desk and vacuum any extra crumbs. Tackling this weekly makes a monumental task much more manageable.

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