Are there benefits to having a clean office? Yes, there are!
It is always important that your office is a clean and tidy environment. You and your employees are more likely to enjoy their work, and it also means that you will be able to be more productive during the course of you work day.
Studies show that people who live and work in clean environments tend to be more focused and productive at work, letting them generate better results and earn more money.
When you don’t need to worry about cleaning, your mind is free to focus on more important things.
Your Home Office Cleaning Checklist
This is how I like to clean my office.
#1. Strip the office down to the bare shelves and carpet. Move everything out.
Clean the bookshelves. Before you put the books, magazines and storage containers back on the shelf, take a good look at all the items. Decide what you need to keep and what can be thrown out or donated. If you can’t make up your mind about some of the items, put them in a box to go through later.
Vacuum the carpets. Get in all the nooks and crannies.
Could you use a new area rug?
#2. Clean the windows.
Wash or replace the curtains. Is this a good time to give your office a little face-lift by replacing the curtains? If you have a budget to brighten up your office, put curtains on the list.
If you have blinds or shutters dust them really well.
#3. Clean out the filing cabinets.
Time to get rid of the old files. How much scrap paper do we have cluttering up those fabulous organizers? Go through them and reorganize your cabinets with only the “must have” files.
#4. Dust the baseboards.
Clean the baseboards before you put your furniture back.
#5. Clean the lighting fixtures and ceiling fans.
These can be easily over looked. I’m always amazed at how much dust collects on the blades of the fans. Do you need to replace any of the light bulbs?
#6. Clean the upholstery on your office furniture if necessary.
You may need to give the furniture a spritz of Fabreeze to freshen it up.
#7. Clean your desk.
Get out the furniture polish and dust it. How about a new lamp for your desk? Do you need some new picture frames for your photos?
#8. Clean your computer and monitor.
Clean all of it. Get out the Q-tips and clean in between the keys on your keyboard. Do you need a new mouse pad?
Don’t forget to clean the printer, the fax machine, and any other electronics.
#9. Put all the furniture back.
Do you rearrange it or put it back the way you had it before?
#10. Sit back, relax and enjoy the view.
This is your clean, fresh office.
Now, get to work.