Though they say that a messy desk is conductive of productivity, it turns out that coworkers could be judging you on the basis of what your workspace looks like. A survey shows that nearly 57 percent of American employees judge their coworkers that have a messy desk. Very often, a dirty workspace is attributed to laziness (ouch!).
Even if you’re the busiest person at the office, there are certain easy and quick things you can do to maintain order, get rid of clutter and keep your desk spotlessly clean.
Zoning Works Miracles for the Hectic Workspace
Just like you can use zones to organize the garage (here, you can insert a link to the garage cleaning article), zoning your workspace can do miracles for keeping order. Think about how you utilize the workspace every single day and come up with a zone plan on the basis of this information.
For example, you can have a zone that’s completely clear and used to do work. Dedicate a separate zone to office supplies and stationery, a zone to personal items (family photos, your bottle of water, a flower pot) and a communication zone that holds your phone, your notes, letters, a fax machine or anything else that you use during daily professional interactions.
Have a List of Daily Cleaning and Organization Tasks
No matter how busy you are, you can dedicate five minutes in the beginning and the end of the workday to doing a bit of cleaning and organizing.
Some of the daily tasks you should consider executing include wiping the surfaces, putting files in order or adding new documents to the files, throwing away everything that you no longer need, rinsing your coffee mug, making sure that your computer screen is clean and removing dirt from the keyboard.
If you stick to this daily routine, you’ll soon find your workspace to be much better looking and a lot more welcoming.
Don’t Let Clutter Take Over
Once you get in the habit of postponing the workspace cleaning, you’ll find yourself having to handle a humongous task when you decide to finally deal with the mess.
Don’t let the clutter take over your workspace. Deal with the mess immediately, otherwise you will be overwhelmed by the process. Put the file that you just used back in its place. You have a couple of drawers – place things inside instead of on top of the desk. If you don’t need those letters anymore, have them shredded and recycled. The more you let things remain in your workspace, the more difficult it’s going to be to get rid of those.
Keep a Trashcan Nearby
People that have to get up and walk across the room in order to throw something away will most likely refrain from doing so.
Something as basic as the physical proximity of a trash bin will make it so much easier for you to get rid of everything that you don’t need. Otherwise, these items will simply remain on your desk.
Drawers are Nice but They should be Organized, as Well
Do you have a “throw it all inside” drawer? Most of us do. This is the place we use for easy de-cluttering and getting rid of all the items on the surface. This drawer, however, isn’t making things better. It’s simply keeping the clutter out of sight.
Open the drawer and go through all of the items stored inside. How many of these things are you actually going to use ever again? When in doubt about a certain item, throw it out – you’re not going to use it.
When you’re done with the cleaning process, try to get the drawer organized. Some of the best drawer organizing ideas are really simple and they’ll keep everything within your reach.
Deal with Those Personal Items
Office clutter can stem from your personal items, as well.
Make sure that every single piece has its specific place and keep it there. Hang a hook on the cubicle wall – it’s simple and incredibly effective for keeping your outwear away from your desk. Don’t just throw it on the back of the chair – it looks bad and it certainly is messy.
The same applies to your handbag – the hook can be positioned beneath your desk for added convenience.
If you often meet with clients or business partners in your office space, make sure there are enough hooks and opportunities for the guests to leave their personal items there. Such simple decisions create visual consistency and they make your space look much more professional and welcoming.
By Cliff Derksen
Owner of First Impressions Janitorial
Have you been reluctant about growing plants due to your ability to kill just about anything that comes and lives in a pot? You may have a reason to reconsider. Apart from looking beautiful, plants have the amazing ability to improve indoor air quality. In addition, certain plants don’t require serious gardening abilities (just water them every now and then and they’ll be happy).
Want to make your home or office greener? Interested in improving the air quality? If so, you may consider adding the following plants to your indoor garden.
This is a NASA-approved plant that’s virtually impossible to kill. Its natural habitat tends to be quite harsh so no matter how hard you try, chances are that you can’t bring about the demise of your aloe vera.
Aloe vera has the power to remove a pollutant known as formaldehyde from the air. It also keeps the home free from benzene – a substance that’s commonly found in chemical household cleaners.
There’s more, if you need an additional reason to grow aloe vera. The juice or gel found inside the leaves has powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial qualities. Aloe vera is often used in detox recipes and it’s widely incorporated in the formulas of cosmetics. Growing your own plant will give you access to clean, fresh and organic gel that you can use to treat wounds, keep your skin younger or even make detox smoothies. This plant can be toxic for cats and dogs.
The peace lily is another little toughy that’s great for people who don’t have the time to care for more whimsical plants. In addition, it reduces the amounts of mold spores found in the air significantly.
The peace lily is so beneficial that studies suggest it improves air quality by nearly 60 percent.
Some of the most common air pollutants that peace lilies can get rid of include ammonia, formaldehyde and benzene.
This is a flowering plant that produces aromatic and beautiful white blossoms. If you’re allergic to pollen, you may want to avoid growing this plant. Just like all other flowering plants, the peace lily could contribute to seasonal allergies and hay fever.
If you’re looking for something extra-tough and extra hard to kill, the snake plant is the ideal one for you. It only requires occasional watering and that’s it!
On top of being such a good sport, the snake plant gets rid of formaldehyde, benzene, xylene and several other air pollutant varieties.
Recognized as a medicinal plant and famous for the essential oil that’s derived from the plant, eucalyptus is also included among the NASA-approved plants that can improve indoor air quality.
On top of improving indoor air quality, eucalyptus is great for the people that suffer from frequent colds or air passage congestions. The scent of the eucalyptus leaves will be sufficient to improve breathing.
The only problem with this plant is that it can be a bit difficult to find. Most often, eucalyptus grows outdoors. Still, if you look around, you may find a potted plant for your home or office. This plant can be toxic for cats.
This plant prefers indirect sunlight and it has to be watered more frequently than the other green beauties included in the list. Once you choose the right spot for it, however, you’ll find the Boston fern to be rather unpretentious.
The fern removes formaldehyde and xylene from the air. Xylene is a potent solvent that is used in the production of rubber, as well as in the printing industry.
In addition, the fern is considered a humidifier plant. This means that it’s capable of restoring air moisture. People that want to reduce their breathing problems should most definitely consider getting a beautiful fern in their home.
Spider plant or chlorophytum comosum is very resilient and it produces beautiful striped leaves. In addition, the spider plant is safe for households that have pets since the leaves are non-poisonous.
On top of getting rid from carbon dioxide, the spider plant can also clean the air from formaldehyde and xylene.
All that you have to do to grow the spider plant is keep it away from direct sunlight. With time, it will produce shoots that will turn into baby plants.
Beautiful to look at, the chrysanthemum is very colorful and you’ll find at least one variety to fall in love with. On top of being a beautiful houseplant, the chrysanthemum is also capable of improving air quality significantly.
Chrysanthemums get rid of benzene in the air. The chemical is used in so many detergents and household items that you’re probably breathing it in without realizing.
This flowering plant isn’t exceptionally difficult to care for. In order to encourage flowering, you’ll need to find a sunny and warm spot for your chrysanthemum pot.
By Cliff Derksen
Owner of First Impressions Janitorial