A half-finished food container belongs in the kitchen fridge, not on the corner of your desk. Aside from possibly bothering coworkers, crumbs and forgotten food could attract critters to your cube. To keep problems at bay, take food garbage to the trash can in your office’s kitchen, as opposed to the one under your desk. The kitchen trash likely gets taken out more often. Here are more ways to make sure you’re not the annoying coworker.
Tons of office supplies
There’s a reason you should try to keep office clutter at bay: One study by a Princeton neurologist found that the more stuff you have around you, the more each thing competes for your attention. That means it’s harder for your brain to filter information—a problem if you’re trying to finish a memo or focus on a project. Cut your office stockpile down to three pens, a highlighter, a marker, and a pencil. As for papers, develop a system for incoming and outgoing.