Spring is in the air and that usually motivates people to do some spring cleaning around the house. Now how about some tips for spring cleaning a home-office?
I love a clean office. The clean work space helps me think more clearly and focus on what I’m doing at that moment. Donna Merrill said it best about a cluttered office in her post Organize Your Space, Clear Your Mind when she said “When your environment is cluttered it distracts your brain. When there are too many objects around they shout out to your brain that they to be attended to.”
Adrienne Smith gave us tips for spring cleaning a blog and we even got tips for spring cleaning our Twitter account by Lisa Buben. Today I’d like to share some simple and space-saving ideas for cleaning your home-office.
Purging and Merging
It’s time to get into those filing cabinets and sort through those documents. Make two piles, documents that should be kept such as tax documents and another of those that can be discarded like utility bills.
If you’re like me you probably have a file for each of your creditors. Make a file for paid-in-full accounts and keep any pay off confirmations and toss the others.
Binders, Dividers, and Bins, Oh My
Keep utility bills tracked in a binder for the year and use dividers to separate each month. Use bins as shown in the picture for paper clips, pens, and other office supplies. I got these at the dollar store and it helps keep my desk neat and gives me more space.
Cleaning the Computer, Keyboard, and Printer
Keep computer and keyboards clear of dust and crumbs…come on now I know you eat at your desk like I do. Old habits die hard right?
Anyway...use microfiber cloths to prevent scratching and cotton balls or cotton swabs better known as q-tips to clean equipment. For those hard to reach places I like using a cleaning duster to spray in between the keys and in the fans of my hard drive. Use these items to clean printers or other electronics as well.
Help the Environment, Recycle Paper
I love to doodle, especially when I’m talking on the phone. If this is you recycle old print outs like I do. I take a standard-sized paper and cut it in four. Makes for great scratch paper and since I don’t have to buy notepads, I’m also saving money and I’m helping the environment.
Over to You
So there you have it. Easy things to do to keep a home-office clean and decluttered right? Let’s talk. Is your home-office neat or does it, as I like to call it “look productive”? Does it affect your work whether you have a clean work space or not? Finally, what are some of your cleaning tips?
Sit a spell and share your thoughts with us!
Corina is a work-from-home mom rolling with the punches while trying to balance a family and an online business. She is dealing with teens, grey hair, and wrinkles all at the same time! She recently launched a new blog known as Not Now Mom's Busy which talks about teen issues, juggling family life with work life, living on a budget, and so much more.