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Cut the Clutter: Why Being a Hoarder Can Hurt You at Work

If you’re stuck in the office next week while everyone else is out on holiday vacation, why not put your down time to good use? Empty your inbox, clean out your filing cabinet, and finally get to the bottom of that pile on your desk. Even if you know where to find those documents, nearing office hoarder status can actually have a detrimental effect on your career—28% of managers would think twice about promoting someone with a disorganized workspace. Plus, how good will it feel to ring in the new year with a clean, shiny desk?

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