Is your office cluttered or does it just looks drab and boring? Are dust, dirt and those little reminder crumbs from yesterday’s lunch lurking around your desk and carpet? Clearing your desk and the space around you helps keep your mind focused on the current task at hand. Setting up a system of dealing with your office stuff helps you work smarter. It also gives the boss and your customers the impression you are on top of things. Getting organized can be a simple matter of doing small things daily to put things where they belong and get them out of the way as you go. A decluttered office is also much easier for your office cleaning service to get into all the nooks and crannies. Here are five tips to get you started:
1. Clean Your Computer
Most of us eat at our desk from time to time, if not daily. Handling food crumbs and drink spills quickly helps keep away the smell. A daily wipe down of your computer monitor and keyboard is very helpful for keeping your computer humming along, but also keeps germs from growing.
2. File As You Work
Keeping your desk clear of clutter is a matter of working on one thing and putting it away, or trashing the little notes that sometimes linger behind. Keep a series of trays or file folders clearly labeled and put your work in there or file them in your computer. A tool like Evernote can be very handy for organizing tasks and client notes.
3. Declutter Your Office
If your office is like mine, you drop everything on your desk when you come from a meeting, a client, wherever. As things accumulate, you find yourself digging through the clutter to find what you were working on just a little while ago and pushing things off the desk just to access your computer. So, if filing as you go isn’t keeping up, simply schedule a fixed meeting, or two, every day with yourself to declutter. And keep the pictures and knickknacks to a minimum and only keep work essentials in and around your desk. Follow this up with a good office cleaning to make the desktop shine.
4. Everything In It’s Place and A Place For Everything
Assign a place for all your stuff, label it and keep it there. Leave empty space for new stuff that comes in and remove or archive old stuff to make room for the new stuff. Just keep putting things away and you are well on way to having a working declutter system that makes for a happy office.
5. Get Rid of Junk
We all collect free swag, some of it useful, much of it not so much. GET RID OF IT. Business cards should be electronically filed in outlook, your contact database, your email newsletter system, or someplace in your computer system where you can easily find it. Stacks or boxes of business cards are a waste of time and space. Get rid of them. Free mugs, cheap pens, calendars, etc. should be discarded unless they are actively in use. Yes, it is hard to resist free swag, but learn to say “no” and spare yourself the guilt of throwing it away later.
Make Your Office Sparkle With A Professional Office Cleaning
A clean office makes for a clear head. Get organized and keep putting things away as you go and before you know it, you will be very organized, you will be working smarter and your day will go much smoother. A clean office is a happy office. Contact us if you are interested in our office cleaning services to make your decluttered office really sparkle.