Spring is finally here and with it comes longer days, lighter evenings and more sunshine! It’s also the perfect time for a good old spring clean, whether that be your home, car or even your office. If you work in an office or have an office at home which is looking a little cluttered and worse for wear (like mine) then why not use some of the tips below to help you declutter and make your workspace clean and more productive.
Organise your paperwork
If your job involves a lot of paperwork it’s easy for your desk to feel like it’s overrun with paper, receipts, post-it notes, you name it. I tend to accumulate a lot of paper over a short space of time so I regularly shred paper which is no longer needed, recycle what I can and organise paperwork which I need to keep. If you struggle to keep your paperwork organised why not invest in a letter tray where you can keep important documents to hand but in an organised way, or you could go all out and start using a filing system.
Disinfect your workspace
Our desks can be a breeding ground for germs and bacteria, we use them day in day out and very rarely do we pay much attention to how clean they are. For that reason, it shouldn’t really come as a surprise that the average desks contain 400 times more germs than a toilet, scary stuff right?! You should clean your desk, phone, monitor, keyboard, mouse and other desk essentials regularly to help keep germs at bay.
Keep only what you need on your desk
It’s easy to create a cluttered desk over time and the bigger the desk the more space there is to fill and the bigger the potential for clutter to build up. That’s why you should only keep the essentials on your desk, this will help your desk look tidy, give you more space and help create a productive working environment.
Empty your drawers
It’s no good denying you have a junk drawer, we all have one (I have two – oops!)! The junk drawer is where you can’t find the pen you need but you can find 10 hair bobbles, a cat toy and a diary from 2015 – or is that just mine?! If your desk has drawers then chances are there are items in there that haven’t seen the light of day in a while and that you might not need/want any more. When doing a spring clean of your office empty all of your drawers so you can see everything and then reorganise them with only the items you need/use.
Don’t forget the floor
If your floor is doubling up as a storage area for boxes and other office bits and bobs now is a great time to try and find a new home for these items. Not only will moving them give you more space but items lying around on your floor could be a tripping hazard. If you have carpet flooring a quick hoover and a spray with the now very popular 1001 carpet fresh (thank you, Mrs Hinch) which will leave it smelling fresh and clean.
Utilise your space
If you’re lacking space for all of your work items then take a step back and analyse your office space. Can you move post-it notes and reminders from your desk to a noticeboard? Can you move some non-essential items to another location to free up some space? Or is it possible to give yourself more workspace by moving things around?
A spring clean should extend to the digital world too, why not take the opportunity to clear old files, organise photos/documents, delete unneeded items and give your computer a scan for any viruses or errors. Don’t forget to organise your inbox too, delete old emails, save contacts and you’ll easily be able to find everything you need.
Keep cables hidden
In this modern age, we use a lot of electronics which mean a lot of cables which are not only unsightly but if you keep having to move them out of your way to work they can become an irritant too. If you’re finding yourself getting in a tangle with all your cables why not invest in some cable ties to help keep them together and out of your way.
Clean the vents
Our laptops and desktops have vents to allow air to circulate which helps keep the machine cool, unfortunately, these vents can become blocked by dust and debris which can make your computer overheat and damage it. Giving the vents a quick clean regularly can keep your device working effectively and reduce any risk of damage.
Keep a cleaning schedule
Now you have done the hard work and your office is sparkling and organised it’s time to think about a cleaning schedule. Keeping a set schedule will help you keep on top of things so you don’t have to do another major clean again in the near future.
If you work in an office environment then office cleaning might be provided for you although sadly this doesn’t normally extend to organising and cleaning your desk. If you work in an office why not suggest Internal fit out cleaning from Real Cleaning to your boss, a clean office environment will mean everyone feels good about working there and could even help reduce the spreading of germs and illnesses.