Studies show that productivity is increased and stress is decreased in a clean, uplifting office space. Keeping an orderly and organized space in your office takes some effort, but it’s an effort that can be more than worth it once you see the results. These five tips from Beyond Expectations will help you spruce up your office space and help you reach your goals in the workplace. Furthermore, these tips will even help you maintain organization and keep it that way all year long.
1) GET RID OF CLUTTER
Do you feel like your office is bogged down with files, loose papers, stacks of books, and stuff you hardly use? We want to emphasize how important it is to keep your office space clean and uncluttered to boost productivity and workplace happiness. If you’re looking for a little inspiration or some new ideas on how to start spring cleaning your workspace, you’re in the right place!
Start by asking yourself these three questions: What’s working in my office right now? What needs a little tweak or update? What steps can I take now to make this happen? Starting by asking yourself these questions will help you assess your current situation and envision your goals. Furthermore, it will help you get in the right mindset to stay on-task and remain goal-oriented to begin.
Once you've determined what to keep, what to update, and what to toss, write down the steps you have in mind or the to-do items you want to act on. Starting in one area of your office space at a time will prevent you from getting overwhelmed easily. You can truly take it step by step, which will allow for small wins at a time. For example, start by organizing the top of your desk, then move on to drawers, and so on! This does not have to be done in one day, so you can spread out the project across a week, a month - whatever works best for you!
2) FIGURE OUT A DESIGN
Next comes the fun part. Start thinking about design and decor! First, start small. Conduct a quick assessment of your space and decide the direction you'd like for your update to go in. Do you want to liven up the space? Do you want to organize the space? Do you want to add color to your office?
Once you've decided on the general direction you want to go in, you can start by making a list of tasks you need to do to get there. Use pinterest for inspiration! Some ideas we liked include:
- Adding plants
- Painting your desk to make it colorful
- Organizing your papers into files
- Replacing your desk chair for more comfort and better posture
- Hanging photos on the walls
3) ADD COLOR & PLANTS
Adding color and bringing plants into your office space will make you feel more positive while you work in the office this spring. It’s also a way to bring life back into your office, especially if you work from a desk with no color or nature around you.
Some people may prefer an office that is clean and minimalistic, with natural colors like tan and white. If this makes you more productive and happier in your office space, remove excessive color and go for the minimalist style! If you like a colorful working environment, add some bright artwork to your office walls or add fresh flowers to your desk.
Plants are especially beneficial—aside from improving air quality, they can increase productivity by lowering stress and making people more relaxed. Sometimes office spaces can feel stuffy and boring- by adding plants and incorporating nature to your space, you can completely change the look and feel of your office space.
4) UPDATE LIGHTING
Since we spend so much time in our offices, improving the lighting is always a good idea. If you can, swap out your lights for something brighter but not too harsh on the eyes. Or just replace any light bulbs or lamps that no longer work. Or add cute fairy lights as decor! This will simply brighten up your space! It may even make you feel more productive and ready to get things done.
5) REFRESH YOUR TECHNOLOGY & DEVICES
We’re not just talking about your phone, we’re talking about your desktop and laptop, too. The new year is a good time to refresh your tech devices, and it can be as simple as decluttering apps, files, and emails.
You touch your phone and computer all day long- so it's probably time to give them a wipe down, too. Use a screen-safe cleaning spray and microfiber cloth to wipe down the screen and keyboard. You can also buy compressed air specifically for your electronics to get any dust or debris from under the keys or buttons.
After you've done the physical cleaning, it's time to move on to digital cleaning. Go through your apps and delete the ones you no longer use. Organize your file clutter into specific folders for easy access later. Upload photos or files to a cloud-based service like Google Photos and then delete them from your device to save storage. Do what makes you feel refreshed and recharged!
INVEST IN A COMMERCIAL CLEANING SERVICE
Start your season off with a professional cleaning service. Leave the cleaning and janitorial work to the pros who have all the right products and tools to get your office space sparkling. By investing in Beyond Expectations, you allow your crew to be happier in their workspace, leading to more productive workdays and higher employee retention!
Beyond Expectations is here for all of your residential and commercial cleaning needs! We provide weekly, biweekly, and monthly cleaning, or as needed in Brunswick, Georgia. We also service nearby areas such as Glynn County, Jekyll Island, Sea Island, St. Simons, and more. Call today to schedule a cleaning service at (912) 230-4990 or visit our website b-expectations.com to learn more. We will truly go above and beyond your expectations!