With autumn on the horizon, it’s a perfect time to set out to do some purging and sprucing up around the house. Before it gets too brisk outside, I’ve decided to take on some home updating projects and clutter removal.

Decluttering is a must periodically, because stuff will just keep piling up and can get to be overwhelming. I have a whole list of things I want to tackle, so I’m rolling up my sleeves, putting on my thinking cap and getting to work.

Before I begin, I know that I will need to prepare by deciding which project to tackle first. The things I ask myself are: which space do I want to approach first; what materials will I need; what do I want to achieve, and what is my target goal date to finish.

With the focus on getting things in order, here’s a little food for thought on tips to help you get organized to make room for the busy weeks of open enrollment.

Keep your workspace clean. Open enrollment is hectic enough and having a well organized, clutter-free workspace can help to reduce some of that stress. During this time of the year, you can get lost in the disarray of an untidy workspace, so it may be a good idea to focus on sweeping your desktop (computer desktop, that is) and systematizing your go-to documents. This way, you can keep documents at your reach for reference.

Organize your files. Organize your workspace by categorizing needed files that are essential to the current open enrollment season like regulatory notices and compliance information.

By going through your files, like outdated benefits information, old newsletters and communication materials and ridding things that you won’t need to alleviate clutter, you can make room for new resources and information.

Start fresh. Newly designed communication materials and content can get your employees’ attention and draw them in to what your company has to offer.

Consider going green. As more organizations focus on the environment and gearing toward more sustainable, eco-friendly practices, going paperless during the usual paper-heavy open enrollment period can help to save trees and the company money. That’s a win-win – because, not only do you get a relief from piles of paper stacking up, you’ll also not have to worry about purging heaps of documents in the future.

When you’re heading into the busy open enrollment season, be ready with a plan to get rid of the old stuff and make room for the new. A well-organized workspace, fresh communication materials and allowing ample enough time to prepare will help put you on your way to a smooth open enrollment.

Written by Amy Boulden

Amy works as a benefits communications specialist. Her creative background in graphic design has allowed her to create a library of client communications. Amy’s approach is to focus on simple, clear language and relatable graphics to effectively educate employees.

Trion Communications amy.boulden@trion-mma.com