It’s time: Lisa Tilse declutters her workspace
What does your workspace look like when you’re working?
I’ve a confession to make: I am a bit of a neat freak, but when I’m busy, my workspace ends up a mess. The top of my desk can become messy and my desk drawer is a dumping ground for anything and everything.
Also, as a creative, I’m not too fond of doing admin work or office organisation. On my desk, there are scribbled notes, a heap of mail, piles of paperwork to address, receipts and general mess.
So when did you realise it was time to declutter?
Once I started sifting through my things, I realised that the more space you have the more you accumulate. I had so many craft pens, textas, scissors and knitting needles on my already-crowded desk. I also had my daughter Roxy’s bits and pieces lying around. So I started emptying my drawer and removing everything but the office supplies.
How did you re-organise your desk?
I bought two clear trays with compartments to hold all the bits and pieces, so my drawer is now a neat freak’s dream! I also got myself a magnetic whiteboard to display all my important notes, design inspiration and moodboards. I have a document tray, folders, a stack of small notebooks and one small pen cup now.
How did you sort and file your paperwork?
I used to keep my documents in this orange carry bag beneath my desk or on the shelf, and I would go through them every three months (when I need to do my business tax reports!). Now I’ve got everything in folders – either in the document tray or in the white boxes in my cupboard. I got some black folders – which really appeal to be as a designer – and use one for ach day of the workweek. Then I got a white document tray and staked clear A4 and A5 wallets, labeled with washi tape, so I can file things easily. I even colour-coded and neatly arranged my washi tape in a storage box!
Was it a rewarding experience?
Definitely! I’m more inspired now that my office has good, simple filing systems and storage solutions. It’s a fresh start to keep me sorting, filing and organising on a daily basis so that I don’t let things get out of hand again. I’m feeling like admin work might not be such a formidable task in the future… even though I’d much rather spend my time making something!