Did you know that the last week of March is National Spring Cleaning week? Well now you do! Spring Cleaning may be considered a daunting task, but you have to admit, it’s a great way to get a fresh start for the new season. And Spring Cleaning shouldn’t be limited to just your home…your office should be involved in the action too!
Here are 10 tips from Huffington Post and Salary.com for Spring Cleaning your workspace:
- Schedule time – if you can’t get to it all in one day, schedule time in your Outlook Calendar to get a little bit done each day.
- Do a Drive-by - take a walk past your workspace… does your cubicle/office look like a huge mess to passersby? Start with the most visible areas first!
- Start sorting - use bankers boxes and filing cabinets to hold all of your stuff and get it off of your desk if you don’t use it on a day to day basis.
- Classify items by how often you use them. – Visualize concentric circles radiating from your desk chair… items used daily should be in the circle closest to you, then items used weekly, etc.
- Only keep what you need - divide your desk into a few sections and tackle one section at a time. If you don’t need something, toss it… or if that makes you nervous, scan it into your computer before tossing it so you have an electronic copy saved.
- Find ways to hide wires – lots of wires make a workspace appear messy. Try using binder clips to help you organize your wires.
- You don’t need all those sticky notes - consolidate some of those sticky notes covering your desk to clear up space on your desktop.
- Use a pencil cup/desk organizer to organize all of the loose items on your desk. Also use a drawer organizer to do the same for your desk drawers.
- Do the pen test - If you have a ton of pens lying around, do the pen test… take out a piece of paper and start scribbling with your pens to test them out. If they no longer work, throw them away.
- Do a deep clean - now that all of your clutter is gone you can give your space a deep clean by wiping down all surfaces, cleaning windows, etc.
Do you Spring Clean your workspace? Do you have any tricks that work for you? Comment below!