A big clean up and sort out can be very daunting, and time consuming, so tackle one thing at a time, don’t look at the whole room and panic. Set yourself a target for today, and do it! Then set another target for tomorrow. Here’s an idea of how you could break down the work load:
to keep everything separate, but just as easily you can use little plastic storage boxes to keep staples and paperclips in, and larger ones for pens and pencils, unless you prefer to keep those in a pot on top of the desk.
Sort out the Shelves
Check all of the files and replace damaged ones. Print or write out neat labels for the files so they are easily identifiable. Archive any old paperwork that isn’t needed to hand now – you can buy purpose made archive boxes designed to fit lever arch files. This will free up space on your shelves and the old paperwork can be stored safely somewhere else
Door and Door frame
Another easy to overlook area is the doorway. Using a damp cloth wipe over the door and door handle. If the door is panelled pay attention to the parts that collect the dust. Then wipe over the frame, including the top ledge which is another place that dust gathers.
Dust also gathers on radiators, but should be cleaned pretty easily with a damp cloth. Take the time to wipe along all of the grooves, grime collects at the base of each section.
Light switch and plugs
Take a soft cloth to the light switch and plug sockets to remove any finger prints and greasy residue that has built up through use.
Clean your chair
Spot treat any stains on the fabric with an upholstery shampoo and wipe over the legs and wheels with a soft cloth to remove dust and grime, a little washing up liquid in warm water should shift more stubborn dirt.
Dust and Polish
Clear off the desk completely and get the polish out, then move on to your computer, printer and telephone. They all get grimy and dusty and they all need cleaning, you can even go the extra mile and invest in sanitising wipes for the electricals. Do you have a lamp? Give that a wipe too. Stacking trays? Desktop drawers? Shelves? Every surface needs to be wiped over with a soft cloth and a bit of polish
Clean the Windows
Opinion varies on the best way to clean windows, whichever method you choose remember you will need to clean the glass, and the frames, and the handles and the windowsill.
Jamie has spent many years working in administrative roles, she has also spent time as a stay at home mum and now loves the flexibility of working from her home office and being available for her family whenever they need her.