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Why Is Your Office So Cluttered? We Have Some Ideas

Why Is Your Office So Cluttered? We Have Some Ideas

by | Jan 31, 2019 | Blog, Decluttering, Helpful Tips, Junk Removal, Ottawa, Recycling

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It’s time to say goodbye to your old stuff – you can’t hold on to sheets of paper and run-down monitors forever. It doesn’t do anyone any good and more often than not it makes you significantly less productive in your work environment.

A messy workspace can result in stress, anxiety and poor performance among other physical and mental disadvantages.

Research done by the University of Chicago Press actually indicates that the less organized and more cluttered your workspace is, the more likely you are to have poor work performance. This is because workplace clutter, whether it be in the office or on your desk, creates a self-defeating environment and results in you trying to take shortcuts in your work.

Clutter makes it a lot easier to give up and be less motivated – which is why if your place of work or personal office is full of clutter, you’re limiting yourself and your abilities. Thankfully we’re experts in commercial junk removal and can help you clean out your office quickly, efficiently, and neatly – we are a licenced and fully-insured commercial waste hauler after all.

When you’re ready to take that step and purge your office, be sure to get in touch! All you have to do is schedule a complimentary quote; we’re happy to help whether you are in Ottawa, Cambridge, Kitchener, Brantford or any other of our many service areas.

You’re Keeping Old Appliances

If your printer broke down, why are you keeping it? Chances are you have replaced it with a functioning one or are using your co-worker’s printer. It’s time to get those appliances removed because all they are doing is adding to your clutter.

We know electronic devices like printers, copiers and computers can be tricky to dispose of responsibly, which is why we offer e-waste removal services! Leave the removal process to us, all you have to do is decide that it’s time to wave goodbye to these unneeded items.

Learn more about our business services to discover what we can do for you; we’re happy to assist with any and all of your commercial junk removal needs.

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You’ve Never Gotten Rid of Any Paperwork

Shredders exist for a reason, and that’s to make sure that you can safely dispose of any private documents. If the documents or paperwork you’re holding on to at work aren’t private, then why even keep them?

If you need to keep important files, maintain them digitally or upkeep a file folder or drawer so that the papers are out of sight until you require them again. There is no reason to keep all paperwork, all it does is pile up and take up unnecessary space. More than that, it makes it harder to identify the documents that you actually may need.

You Don’t Put Things Back

There’s a reason why people say to put things away after you’re done using them. If you don’t put things away, they collect on your desk until there is no room left for the actual stuff you need to do your work.

According to Growth Business, when a workplace is clean, 57 percent of employees are more motivated.

It’s official, those reference books, highlighters and notepads should all have a place on the corner of your desk or preferably in drawers so that your office can stay neat and clean — and you can stay on task. It’s plain to see that it’s incredibly beneficial to work in a tidy space.

You’ve Kept Every Gift You’ve Ever Received

It’s super sweet that your best friend’s toddler drew you a picture for your office, but after you’ve received an entire portfolio of artwork it’s time to consider clearing up your space. Boxes of chocolate, knick-knacks – these gifts tend to crowd up your office if you don’t bring them home or make a home for them in your workspace.

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Your Cables and Wires Are All Tangled

The longer you leave your cables and wires all tangled up the less motivated you become to sort through it all to identify what charger belongs to what device, and which cord you don’t need anymore.

If you take the time to sort through it all, we know that you’ll find that missing phone charger and be able to dispose of the rest without the fear that you’re tossing something you need.

You’ll also finally have a cleaner workspace for yourself and your employees – wires and cables in communal spaces can quickly turn into clutter, which is why you should always make sure they are maintained and neatly stored.

Your Office is Storage Space, Not a Working Space

Most of us are guilty of turning rooms in our home into storage destinations rather than using them for what they are supposed to be (a cold room, basement, spare bedroom etc.). The same rings true in the workplace.

Your office is a workplace, not a storage space – so why are you storing everything in it? If you want to be productive and get work done (and work well for that matter), stop storing random things in your office.

From frames to reference books to countless notepads to other items that you don’t have room for at home, we are all guilty of storing things in our office. Half of these things don’t have a place anywhere else, so they get kept in the corner of an office – and the other half is just not needed anymore.

Instead of storing items in your office, find a place for them on a shelf, in drawers or at home. If you don’t need things and insist on holding on to them because you don’t know how to get rid of it all, just give us a call. We’ll make sure everything is recycled, reused or donated.

You Never Returned Those Monitors That Stopped Working

The case of the computer monitor that just stopped working always gets solved the same way – by holding on to it and putting it into a make-shift storage space. Monitors deserve a special shout out because every office seems to have a room or corner dedicated to storing monitors that are supposed to get ‘returned’ or recycled.

The problem is, when it comes to electronics, getting them out of the office is always tricky – which is why it’s best just to call us! We’ll take them off of your hands and make sure they are recycled properly; we’re actually part of the Ontario Electronic Stewardship Program that ensures responsible disposal of e-waste.

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All of Those Reminder Notes

Don’t underestimate the power of a well-placed sticky note to remind you to complete a task that would otherwise slip your mind. The thing about sticky note reminders, however, is that when you complete the task indicated you’re supposed to throw the note out.

What so many people do is let the note sit there to get buried by additional notes. First of all, how can you expect to identify an important task reminder when it’s among outdated reminders?

Secondly, the best way to keep track of these tasks is to toss out the note after it’s been completed. It’s close to impossible to get work done in a sea of sticky notes, so don’t let them clutter your workspace.

You Have an Impressive Collection of Coffee Mugs and Cups

Whether you drink tea, coffee or hot chocolate everyone is guilty of leaving around cups when they finish their beverage. You get into the swing of work and then all of the sudden don’t realize that you never actually returned any of the mugs you brought to your desk, leaving you with a collection on your desk.

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You Make Piles

The easiest way to create clutter is to make piles — piles of discarded appliances in the office kitchen, collections of random papers on your desk, that type of thing. It’s essential to get rid of things or put them where they are supposed to go. If you continuously add to piles of miscellaneous items, you will never be able to find anything again.

Piles are an eyesore, make it hard to find things, and take up space that should be used by storage units, new items or organizational tools.

You Haven’t Enlisted the Help of a Full-Service Commercial Company

If you are struggling to free your workspace of clutter, the best option is to enlist the help of a full-service commercial company. If your clutter is due to large items like used chairs and electronic items like used monitors, you’ll need professionals to help clear your space.

Get in Touch with Us Today!

If your office is cluttered and you don’t know where to start, leave the job to us. At Junk Ninja we are proud to offer Ottawa businesses a Commercial Service Guarantee; that includes real estate agents, government sectors, real estate agents, property management companies and general contractors.

We are happy to provide commercial removal services across the GTA. We are an Ottawa-based full-service junk removal company, but our service areas include surrounding cities such as Cambridge, Kitchener, Mississauga and Brantford.

Our ample experience makes us a trusted company, and our stellar customer service makes us your best choice for commercial waste removal.  From multi-floor office cleanouts to factory cleanouts to large- scale commercial junk removal, we’ve done it all.

All you have to do is book an appointment online, and we’ll give you an appointment within a two-hour block. When we show up, we’ll present you with a complimentary quote and all you have to do is give us the green light to get started!

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