Spring is in the air and with it the urge to clean out the clutter and fill our workspaces with fresh energy, newness and of course, prettiness!
I love spring cleaning and while I do get exhausted and overwhelmed, I also like enjoy the productivity boost I get when working in a clean workspace. So, I’ve figured out a simple, easy yet effective 3-step way to spring clean your office.
Step 1: Clear the Clutter
Start by clearing out the clutter. I take everything – all the files, paperwork, the books, the supplies, out of the drawers and cabinets. I must share that I already have a minimalistic office so it really isn’t very time consuming for me. If you have a full-scale office, you may want to spread the 3 steps over 3 days to make it more manageable and less overwhelming.
Once I have everything out, I quickly, like really, really quickly, go through things and discard anything that’s junk. I also, create a pile for papers that need to be filed or scanned and a box of stuff that I still need.
Step 2: Identify the Purpose and the Place
Once I have culled the clutter and junk, I go through my box of “Stuff I Still Need” and mentally check their purpose in my workspace and whether or not I have a place to keep them neatly and preferably out of sight until needed.
For instance, some of the questions I ask myself are along these lines, “Do I really need speakers when I can plug in headphones that take less space to store and are easier to set up?” “Why do I need 2 staplers when 1 can easily do the job?”
You get the point, right? Everything in your workspace should have a clear-cut purpose and a clearly defined place for storage.
Step 3: Replace, Renew and Refresh
Finally, my last step is to replace or put back things that are needed, clean up and renew the space with fresh flowers, new pictures on the memo board, a new motivational phrase on the whiteboard and anything to brighten up or prettify my workspace.
Easy and effective, this 1-2-3 spring clean strategy has helped me keep my work-at-home office clutter-free and organized without me losing my mind or getting totally overwhelmed!
Your turn: What are some of your easy-peasy spring clean strategies for your office or workspace?
Written by: Parenting Contributor, Prerna Malik