Spring has sprung! The weather is warming up, the sun is staying up a little bit longer, and we can start to store the snow shovels. It’s also time now to start your Spring Cleaning. This may seem like a daunting task, and you might be wondering, “But where do I start?!” Don’t worry, we’re here to help! Our first bit of advice is to always start with what’s right in front of you: Your Desk.
Declutter the Desk
Everyone has a junk drawer. Whether we mean to or not, it happens. And a routine “emptying out” of that drawer feels so cathartic. Take everything out of your desk one drawer at a time. Decide what you want to keep and what you want to toss. Dedicate certain drawers or spaces in drawers for certain storage. Perhaps you always keep your pens on the left-hand side of your top drawer? What about storing some screen cleaner wipes to ensure your computer screen is always clean and clear? Once you’ve gone through one drawer, move on to the next. Find what you need and where you want it to live with each part of your desk.
Do You Need That Paper?
Once you’ve finished with your desk, you may have some papers left over. You might have lots of papers left over. Go through each piece of paper and decide: what do you need to keep? What can be thrown out? What needs to be shredded? Then go through that one pile of paper you’ve been avoiding – you know the one – and do the same there. Keep, toss, shred. Lather, rinse, repeat.
Cleaning the Computer
After tackling the paper portion of your Spring Cleaning, it’s time to move onto your computer. There are several things that you’ll need to tackle here. But never fear—break it down to each category so it’s easier to handle.
Organize Your Files
Is your computer desktop so crowded with icons that you can’t see the wallpaper? Could those be consolidated into folders? Take a moment and do the same you did with your physical papers. What do you need to keep? What can go to the trash? What needs to be securely removed? Can you archive any files to an external hard drive or cloud storage? It will greatly help your productivity to set up some organization on the device you use most at the office.
Disinfect the Keyboard
Our keyboards catch everything: crumbs, dust, germs, and more. Take a can of compressed air and get in the nooks and crannies of the keys to remove anything that is blocking you from ever being able to use the left-side Shift key. Once you’ve done that, go over them with a disinfecting wipe. This is a great daily routine for health and safety, as well.
Spruce Up the Space
Now that you’ve done a good cleaning of the things you interact with on a daily basis, it’s time to think about how you can freshen up your space. Maybe it’s time to update your shared spaces to follow the latest trends in office design. Adding plants to your space will liven up both the room and help filter any impurities in the air. New seating in your lobby or reception area can impress both your visitors and customers.
As a final note, make sure to keep items you use a lot, like your office phone, consistently clean. These high-touch surfaces can have lots of germs on them, so it’s important to devote time to cleaning them when you can.
Be sure to stock up on important Janitorial and Facility Supplies from CMF for your Spring Cleaning!