Published on March 6th, 2017 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
Spring Clean Your Desk
This week is National Spring Cleaning Week. The desk in your office or study is often neglected. So, now is the time to start a regular cleaning regime.
Keeping your desk clean and tidy not only provides you with a pleasant space to work in. It also helps you become more organised and productive. In addition, your work space will be more hygienic as bacteria and germs are kept at bay.
Set 15-30 minutes a week aside to clean your desk space, a Friday afternoon is ideal. When you arrive back on a Monday morning, your tidy work space will motivate you for the rest of the week.
Get into the Computer Cleaning Habit
There are many frightening statistics about the dirt and germs lurking on your computer keyboard and mouse. Studies have shown more bacteria can be found on these items than on a toilet seat!
Yet, keeping your phone and computer accessories clean is not difficult. There are many specialist Computer Cleaning products available to make the task simple whilst maintaining high hygiene standards.
Phone handsets are a breeding ground for bacteria. Even if you do not “hot desk”, it is more than likely that you will need to answer a colleague’s phone and vice versa during the working day. Germs and viruses can linger for up to 24 hours and so wiping your phone with Cleaning Wipes at least once a day is essential.
Computer keyboards are a haven to dust, dirt and, of course, food crumbs. Not only is this unhygienic but it can also lead to sticking keys. Shaking your keyboard upside down can only remove part of the problem. Therefore, keep the keys clean with cleaning wipes and use Spray Dusters as a safe way of removing stubborn debris.
Conquer the Piles of Paperwork
It is all too easy to watch piles of paper grow higher and higher, whilst dust and other unwanted debris starts to cover your keyboard, mouse, monitor and phone.
Take a look at your desk. Do you really need all those post-it notes, meeting minutes and emails from six months ago? Probably not. However, before throwing papers in the bin, consider data security. Our previous article Choosing the Right Shredder for You guides you through the importance of shredding confidential documents securely. In addition, our Choosing the Right Shredder Guide will help you make the right choice when buying a paper shredder.
Apparently, we only look for 20% of the paper documents we hoard on our desks. If you really need to keep hold of a paper copy of a document, colour code and file it for future reference. Ring Binders or Document Files and Folders provide a compact way of keeping the papers on your desk in one place.
Finally, if you still need some spring cleaning motivation, remember this. Over half of all office workers say they have been appalled by a colleague’s messy desk and put it down to sheer laziness.
So, get cleaning.