We all get busy at the office, so it can be easy to let our workspaces go and for mess to build up over time. A cluttered and dirty desk can negatively affect productivity and employee happiness, so do yourself a favor and take our tips for cleaning your workspace and keeping it clean for good.
Throw Away What You Don't Need
For the packrats out there, this can be a tough concept to accept and implement. But if you have paperwork and old stacks of used post-its lying around, do yourself a favor and throw them out. All those stacks upon stacks of stuff are doing is adding more mess to your space, and that's the last thing you need when you're trying to work.
Get Rid of Clutter
Speaking of clutter, get rid of it! Not only should you eliminate the trash at your desk, but you should also do your best to clear off any unnecessary office supplies and other materials that you aren't using on a regular basis. Keeping a clear desk surface will help you keep a clear mind.
Designate a Space for Personal Items
Although you should keep your desk as clear as possible, it's also important to keep personal items such as family photos nearby as a source of inspiration. We recommend keeping all personal items to one or two designated areas at your workstation, depending on how large your desk is. At NBF, every employee is equipped with an inward facing bookshelf that's perfect for displaying personal items while maintaining a clean look.
Disinfect and Sanitize
Now comes the actual cleaning part. There are all kinds of disinfecting agents that effectively help stop and prevent the spread of germs. Try using disinfecting wipes across your workstation once a week if you can. It doesn’t take long, and it can make a huge difference in stopping the spread of germs that can get you sick. Don’t forget to clean out your desk drawers and keyboard too!
Save Meals for the Breakroom
Although it may be tempting to snack away at your desk, crumbs and drinks can be easily spilled over important files and computers. Keep mess to a minimum by only eating in your company's breakroom. While coffee and water is a must-have for many to keep at their workspace, just be careful to keep drinks away from electronics and paperwork.
Stop Mess Before it Starts
The best way to keep a clean and organized workspace is to not let it get messy in the first place. Think that's easier said than done? The best way to accomplish this is by making cleaning and organizing part of your everyday routine. Organize the important paperwork and throw away the things you don't need every single day. You don't need to wipe down and sanitize your desk on a daily basis, but try doing so once a week or even once every other week until you can make the action a habit.
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