We’ve all done our share of spring and fall cleaning, but if retailers are any indication, New Year’s cleaning is becoming an event, as well. Fortunately, there are dozens of new products out there that make cleaning easier than ever before.
While everyone is accustomed to cleaning their kitchens, bedrooms and baths, we rarely take the time to think about, let alone clean, our offices – whether they are at home or in a big corporate center. That chore is usually left to the cleaning people, which, let’s face it, do not take the time to clean up every individual office; that’s the occupant’s job. Let’s break some bad habits this New Year’s and get a clean start! Here are some tips for keeping your office area neat and tidy.
Make a Clean Start in 2016
Out of Sight
Invest in file cabinets, rolling or stationary, that keep files enclosed and dust-free.
Too many files or books on a desktop collect dust, not to mention, occupy valuable desk space (there is a desk under there, right?!!). Keeping your desk clear of all but the most important items and work at hand, will make for a more productive workday.
Clean from Inside Out
If you open your file cabinets and find they are untidy, consider re-doing your files. Toss dog-eared manila file folders with handwritten titles and replace them with new, crisp files with bold new labels. Consider color-coding your files; blue for one project and green for another. Match up the labels and print them on a laser or inkjet printer. Just don’t let on that you gave your favorite colors to your favorite projects and your least favorite ones get the yucky colors.
Also consider upgrading your hanging file folder system. These can become overstuffed with too much paper. Whoever said we are becoming a paperless society was probably off the mark. We still save a lot of paper, which is likely to also be content found on our hard drives. Toss old paper, thin out files and re-label. It takes some time, but once it is done, opening a file drawer to see everything clearly will pay off by saving time spent searching for information.
Get the Dust Out
Air dusters, those aerosol cans of air that can be sprayed into the crevices of your keyboard and mouse, get rid of trapped dust, crumbs and other leftovers from any snacks you enjoyed during the workday. We know your bottom desk drawer is full of delicious goodies – don’t let the crumbs give you away!
Microfiber dust cloths are also good to keep in a desk drawer to wipe up your bookshelves, desk, computer monitor and other electronic equipment. It is rare that any cleaning person, even the best, remembers to tackle all of these areas every time.
Also, consider that there are some aerosol furniture polishes and cleaners that actually help repel dust. These products are good if you want to increase the length of time between dustings.
Keep Sanitizer On-Hand
Keep some anti-bacterial hand sanitizer in your office drawer for when you return from a meeting .They usually involve a lot of handshaking, and it’s prime season for the sniffles. The key is to wait until you are back in your office, rather than running for the sanitizer in the middle of the meeting.
Cleaning your hands immediately will cut back on germs and you may find that you will have fewer colds than you would have suffered had you not sanitized.
Let OfficeZilla Help You Make a Clean Start in 2016
These are simple tips for cleaning that will help any office worker, at home or off-site, make a clean start in 2016. While you’re ordering your office supply must-haves from OfficeZilla, throw in some cleaning and sanitizing products, too, and make a clean start this year!