National Clean Your Desk Day is all about preparing your workspace for the new year and beginning things on the right note. The holiday falls on the second Monday in January. This year, it’s January 11. Remember, a messy desk is an invitation to chaos! A clean desk, on the other hand, helps you focus, be more productive, and generally makes you feel good about your workspace. This day pushes you to clean and organize your workspace and make it more functional. Having a tidy workspace often gives us a sense of serenity.
Here are some steps for National Clean Your Desk Day.
-Remove everything from your desk. Yes, everything.
-Clean the surface. As you replace items, clean them with the appropriate cleaning supply. Usually, a damp cloth is sufficient, but other electrical items need specific care.
Then, the fun begins:
-Put items in piles of ‘throw’ and ‘keep’. For the things that you are getting rid of, get out the shredder and the garbage can. Shred, file, scan documents, business cards, recipes, photos as needed. Shred and toss outdated documents, non-working pens, junk mail.
-For the things that you are going to keep, figure out how to arrange them so it is easiest and most convenient for you. Try the ‘Marie Kondo’ method when sorting items – decide if it brings you joy!
-File organizers, desk drawer separators, pen holders, and other organization containers can work wonders. Next, place all documents and photos in the appropriate locations.
-Don’t forget to replace that old calendar hanging on the wall. -While you’re at it, vacuum up those dust bunnies and sanitize your keyboard. Place a fresh box of tissues on your newly cleaned desktop.
-Pick a few (!) select items that add a personal touch to your desk, such as a framed photo, a small memento, or a mini plant.
-Your computer desktop counts too. Drag those files into a nice, neat folder! If you have a lot of files or material that you no longer use but want to save, transfer them to a portable hard drive and save them there.
Take a big sigh of relief – doesn’t a nice, tidy workspace make you feel better? Private Home Health Care sure thinks so. So today, go ahead and tackle the project of cleaning and organizing your desk!