The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and you aren’t enjoying any of it from behind that pile of clutter covering your office space. Studies have shown that a messy office can have a negative impact on office mood and productivity. So if your office is feeling a little stuffy, take some time to give it a good spring cleaning for a happier, healthier day at work. Here are some tips to help you get started:
Set aside enough time. We know you’re busy. But if you don’t set aside just a few hours for cleaning, it may never get done. Keep yourself from being distracted by other projects by allotting some time specifically for cleaning and you might find it gets done faster than you planned.
Start with the clutter. You can’t clean thoroughly and effectively with papers and office supplies scattered everywhere. Before you get out the disinfectant spray, you need to clear the area of debris. Get organized by throwing away any files you no longer need and converting files to digital copies when possible. Use a desk drawer organizer to store all of your small office supplies. You will feel better when everything has a place.
Clean your computer. Studies have shown that your office keyboard might be dirtier than a toilet seat. Think about it: you use your keyboard day in and day out, and a lot of oil from your fingers accumulates on the keys. This creates the perfect breeding ground for bad bacteria that has the potential to harm your health. To clean, simply unplug your keyboard and gently shake it upside down above a trash can to remove any crumbs. Then, wipe the surface with an alcohol wipe or cotton ball soaked with a few drops of rubbing alcohol. For the monitor, first turn off the computer then use an electronics wipe or microfiber cloth to get any dust off the screen. Make sure your electronics are completely dry before plugging them back in or turning them on.
Check your air filters. Spring is in the air – literally. And all that pollen floating around could mean major triggers for office allergies. Your air filters should be cleaned or replaced every 12 weeks. When was the last time your office air filters were checked? A clean filter means better breathing for everyone in your office, and it could help get rid of some of that winter stuffiness.
Make it fun. Cleaning doesn’t have to be a chore. Invite your coworkers to participate in a spring cleaning party. Set out some snacks and put on some music while you all work together to improve the work environment for the whole office.
So as the weather starts warming up, kick out those winter blues and start cleaning. You will feel better and your coworkers will thank you!
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