As the saying goes, “a cluttered desk is a cluttered mind,” so that must mean that an organized desk is an organized mind! A clean and orderly office is important for work to be productive. Follow these steps and to Spring Cleaning your office and you’ll be clutter free to work at your best.
Start by cleaning out your desk and emptying all the drawers. The only things left on or in your desk should be your computer, fax machine, copier and other electronics. Wipe the insides of each drawer, cabinet, and desk equipment. Wood wipes or a damp cloth come in handy for these sensitive surfaces.
Remove all books from the bookshelf, wiping them down with a damn cloth as you sort them into piles to keep or donate. Once the bookshelf is empty, wipe it down completely with surface or wood wipes (don’t forget the very top!). Place all the books back in an order you can refer to later; by genre, title, or author, it’s up to you.
Onto the papers, bills and files. Clean out the file cabinet and shred old bills and documents you no longer need. To prevent identity theft, always shred documents or use an ID Guard Stamp to protect personal information.
Gather up your papers and bills that have been piling up on top of the desk and sort what to keep or recycle. If you haven’t already created files in your cabinet for each company you get a bill from, there’s no time like the present! Label file folders (Electric, Water, Garbage, Cable, Pay Stubs and so forth) and file your papers and mail in cabinets or boxes. We understand how easy it is to let these everyday items pile up, try a mail sorter that you can use to sort as mail comes in so filing isn’t such a tedious task. Try to only keep items on your desk that need attention soon. Handy task clips will remind you what to prioritize first. Make use of wall space with message boards and wall mount magazine racks. Erasable calendars help keep your schedule on track!
While everything is off the desk and you have room to move things around, be sure to refill ink or toner cartridges in your printer and fax machine. You don't run out of ink when you’re printing your child’s school project, because we’ve all been there! Tie up electronic cords with Cable Caddies to enhance your new, organized look.
Don’t forget about the room itself; wipe down the blinds, wash the curtains and dust the window sills. Take a damp sponge to the floor boards and vacuum the carpet.
Once the room is sparkling, you can begin to put everything back. Start by organizing each drawer with supplies and other office materials. Drawer Bins allow you to create the specific configuration that meets your needs. As you sort through items from your drawers and desktop, toss out anything that no longer works (old pens need to go) or that you no longer use.
For a new office look try a few simple tricks like rearranging the furniture, hanging new prints or a decorative clock.