As if entering the new year full of promises to fulfil our resolutions to become fitter and healthier isn’t enough, we’re finding ourselves facing the office once more after a festive break that went oh, too fast! For those seeking to increase productivity but haven’t even glimpsed the surface of their desks for the last year, the second Monday of January is the reminder to tackle your workspace and clean your desk thanks to National Clean Off Your Desk Day.

Whether your desk is clutter-free or an administrative smorgasbord of everything you could ever need in an office emergency, today is the day to get your desk sparkly fresh and clean for a productive new work year.

Why you should clean your desk more than you do

Maintaining a clean desk offers various benefits, both in terms of personal well-being and overall workplace efficiency. Still need convincing? Here are just some of the advantages to keeping your workspace clean and tidy.

An organised desk saves time and stress

How many times have you sifted through pile after pile of paperwork while thinking I know it’s here somewhere!  A clean desk makes it easier to find important documents, tools, and supplies, saving time and reducing the stress associated with searching for items. If you are already feeling overwhelmed, nothing increases stress levels more than trying to hunt down that all-important document or needing to urgently note down a number but discovering none of your accumulated pen collection works.

With fewer distractions you can work more efficiently and complete tasks more quickly. As a result, your time is spent getting on with the work rather than looking for the things you need to get started in the first place.

It gives the right impression about you

A tidy desk contributes to a professional and competent image. Taking pride in your work space and ensuring your desk is clean, tidy and organised ensures you leave a positive impression on colleagues, clients, and superiors alike. A clean desk also contributes to a positive and professional work atmosphere overall, positively impacting team morale and creating a more pleasant place to work for everyone.

A clean desk is a healthier desk

The cleanliness of an average desk can vary widely depending on individual habits and workplace or personal standards. As well as paperwork, stationery and the odd coffee cup or two, desks can accumulate dust, crumbs, and other debris over time. Factors such as the frequency of cleaning, the type of work conducted at the desk, and personal habits all contribute to the overall cleanliness.

Regular cleaning and organisation can help maintain a cleaner desk environment. This not only contributes to a more pleasant and professional workspace but also helps prevent the buildup of allergens and germs. A clean desk is often associated with a healthier and more comfortable work environment, minimising exposure to allergens or dust and promoting overall workplace safety.

Five quick tips to clean your desk

Clean as you go

Make an effort to clean up your desk regularly as you go about your day to prevent the overwhelming build-up over time. Taken something out of the drawer? Put it back straight after you’ve used it. Got old notes and post-its lying around? Throw them in the bin. Got more coffee cups than Starbucks? You only need one! Wash and reuse it instead of getting a new cup every time.

Organise your paperwork

File it, digitise it or bin it. Whatever you do, don’t leave it to stack up a la Leaning Tower of Pisa style around you.

Clean your computer

Use a specialised cleaning product and microfibre cloth to wipe down your computer. A compressed air cleaning kit or a new, soft-bristled toothbrush can be used to clean dust and debris that has collected between the keys of your keyboard. Do not forget to turn your computer off first!

Wipe and sanitise your desk top and phone

Once you have cleared the surface of your work space ensure you give it a thorough wipe-down with disinfectant wipes. If your desk has a landline pay particular attention to the mouthpiece and handset too.

Give your desk one last tidy before you leave

If you’ve followed our first piece of advice, it won’t take you long to tidy up and put away anything left on your desk in your last five minutes of work. Put away the stationery, file the documents, wash the coffee cup. You’ll thank yourself in the morning when you walk into a nice, clean, productivity-hub of efficiency that you’ve prepared.

A clean desk is not just about aesthetics; it has tangible benefits for both individual productivity and the overall workplace environment. If you need help keeping on top of your office cleaning in Kent, contact Kent Gurkha for a quote tailored to your needs. Email info@kentgurkha.co.uk or call us on 01622 752192 today.