It’s hard to complain about this cold winter being over since it wasn’t a particularly cold winter to begin with! That being said, in a few weeks spring will be here and it will be lovely. It’s time to start cleaning that office and getting rid of all those pile ups and overflowing workspaces. Most people are more productive in a clean, organized workplace, but where do you begin? Here are 5 tips to get you started:
•Clean all Surfaces. Use a microfiber cloth and disinfecting cleaner to wipe down all of your hard surfaces, including desks, chairs, tables and shelves. Electronics, such as your phone, keyboard and mouse are just as important, as they are carry lots of germs from heavy use. You should also clean off your printer, fax machine, computer screens and other electronic surfaces with an appropriate cloth and/or cleaner.
•Declutter. If you still use them, clean out your filing cabinets and get rid of old papers (and any other unnecessary items) that have been lying around your workplace. Be sure to properly dispose of paperwork that contains confidential or sensitive information.
•Organize. Spring cleaning provides the perfect time to create a filing system that helps reduce workspace clutter. Choose a system that works for you, whether it’s paper trays, baskets or another method that you’ll stick with.
•Tackle the junk drawer. You probably have more than one of these. Just take it one drawer at a time and toss or recycle anything you no longer need. Continue by organizing the items you’re planning to keep.
•Virtual organization. We’ve broached this subject before. Spring cleaning your workplace isn’t just about disinfecting and filing. Use this opportunity to organize your computer documents and emails so that you can find needed files without a cluttered desktop or inbox.
Spring officially begins on March 20th, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a head start on your cleaning duties. Establishing and maintaining a clean and organized workspace can help boost efficiency and reduce stress. The real trick is to keep organized throughout the year. Can you do that? If not, we can help!