Spring cleaning — though exhausting — is a very necessary part of life. While many take their focus outdoors, power washing the deck and cleaning out gutters, it’s just as important to get everything feeling fresh inside as well. And for those of us who work out of our home? It’s the only way to stay sane! In the spirit of spring cleaning, photographer Alyssa Rosenheck partnered with The Home Edit to get her office totally organized. “Clea and Joanna are truly wonderful and I feel like they are therapists for peoples closets and clutter,” she says with a smile. “They whipped my office closet into shape and The Home Edit has provided their secrets on how Rue’s Readers can do the same.”

Below, find Clea and Joanna’s Top 6 Steps to clean out office clutter:

1. The first and most important step to organizing your space is to pull every single thing out of every single drawer, and off of every single shelf. It might seem counterintuitive to create a giant mess as you’re trying to get organized, but as a wise person once told us… you need to crack open eggs to make an omelette.

2. Once everything is out in the open, you really want to sift through all the pieces and attempt to edit out the items that you no longer need or want. We recommend piles of “keep,” “recycle,” “shred,” and “donate.”

3. The next step is to categorize everything you are keeping. Start with overarching categories such as all office supplies, all papers, all notecards, etc.

4. Once you have all your major categories in place, you should start to subcategorize into finer groupings. For instance, within the office supplies, separate out the pens from the pencils, the the paperclips, from the thumbtacks.

5. At this point we like to consider the various containers / supplies we have on-hand, and what we can use to organize all these categories back into the space. It’s often a game of trial and error to find the most efficient and functional system that allows for the most stylized aesthetic.

6. Organize all the containers and items back onto the shelves and into the drawers. This is the part of the process that blends the form and the function. You want to strike a balance of creating an easy to maintain system, while setting up a beautiful space. We like to try several iterations and configurations before settling on the final placement. When it’s finally perfect – you’ll know!

For a closer look at their work, including office accessorizing by Jason Arnold, click through the slideshow!