Have you started your spring cleaning yet? While most of us break out the dust rags and mops to clean our homes, sometimes we forget about cleaning the place where we spend most of our time—our work desks. It doesn’t matter if you work from home or an office building, it’s important to have a clean, organized space.
A cluttered desk and dirty office can say a lot about you. Most workers (57 percent) admit to judging coworkers by the cleanliness of their workspaces, according to a survey by staffing firm Adecco.
An organized desk not only looks nicer, but it makes it easier to find items, which helps you save time and become more efficient, effective and productive.
The following 4 tips will help you get your desk nice and tidy.
1. Get rid of old papers
Chances are, you have a large stack of papers sitting in your desk or stuffed in a drawer. Go through those papers and decide if you still need them. If you no longer need the papers, throw them away. If you still need to hang on to them for a little while longer, create a filing systems so you can quickly find the documents when you need to refer to them.
2. Clear out your junk drawer
To quickly rid things from desktops, people sometimes throw everything into the nearest desk drawer. As time goes on, this drawer fills up with random objects. Go through your junk drawer and decide what you can get rid of. Organize the remaining items so you can easily open the drawer and see what’s inside. Check back every so often to make sure it doesn’t start to overflow again.
3. Organize your computer
When you can’t make out the picture on the background of your computer, it’s time to de-clutter your desktop. As you come across files and folders you don’t need, send them to the recycling bin. For everything else, create a filing system that will make it easy to find the things you need. Also, don’t forget to empty your recycle bin every once in a while.
4. Tidy up once a week
Fridays are generally slow and quiet around the office. Take advantage of this down time and clean your desk. Dispose of trash, rinse out all of your coffee cups and get rid of any other things you no longer need. Think about how happy you’ll be on Monday when you sit down at your clean desk.
Keeping your space clean and organized will not only help keep you sane, but will also keep your productivity level high.
Happy Spring Cleaning!