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Regardless if your office is outside the home or within it, these 11 effective office spring cleaning chores can help guide you through the process of clearing out or controlling the clutter in order to achieve the ideal work environment.

The result? Having a cleaner, more organized office environment can promote productivity or proactiveness, better efficiency, more confidence, overall peace of mind, and even increased focus.

In this post…

In this post, we cover some of the following topics:

  • Decluttering
  • Cleaning
  • Organizing
  • Restocking
  • Computer-related “cleaning”
  • Plus plenty of tips and how-to’s
  • Conclusion

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Office Spring Cleaning Checklist

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Because each office environment and situation may vary, we recommend moving at your own pace and doing these chores in whichever order works best for you.

However, you may find it easier to work in an order that will help you avoid extra steps, such as dusting and cleaning from top to bottom, moving around the room in a counterclockwise or clockwise fashion to reduce missing spots, and even dusting before you vacuum.


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Customize and Motivate Yourself

Some of these office-related spring cleaning tasks may take longer or be more in-depth than others. Take your time and break things up if you need to.

If you find that you’re low on motivation, consider adding activities you enjoy to the mix, like listening to music or a podcast or enjoying a good audiobook.

Time It

You can also use a timer as a challenge to yourself for a set amount of time to focus on cleaning the room or on an individual chore. Setting a timer will help you stay on task, which can mean faster cleaning times. Best of all, you’ll learn how long things might take you in the future, which may actually take less time than you think.

1. Declutter the area.

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You can make a tremendous amount of improvement in your office area and overall productivity by decluttering the space. After all, a cluttered space can cause visual over-stimulation and stress, even on a subconscious level.

Doing a thorough decluttering is also highly beneficial when done prior to cleaning rather than during. It can help you focus and speed up the cleaning process, whether for regularly day-to-day cleaning or deep seasonal cleaning.


Some Decluttering Tips

  • Prep the area before you get started, making sure to have trash, recycling, and donation bag ready.
  • Consider having a bag, bin, or hamper ready to take items to other areas of your home instead of wasting time going back and forth.
  • Look for items that don’t belong in that space and put them in a hamper or box to take elsewhere later on.
  • Get rid of, donate or give away items that are no longer used or that you don’t take pleasure in anymore. You can place them in their designated bags, boxes, or bins.
  • If your room is cluttered because of decorative items that you’re not ready to get rid of, consider putting some away and swapping them during certain times a year.
  • If you tend to procrastinate or be a bit slow, consider setting a timer for yourself to finish 10-15 minutes.
  • Office areas sometimes need to be cleared and decluttered in layers, such as inside cabinets, drawers, closets, and out in the room itself—work at whatever pace you need to.

Helpful Notes

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If you feel that you struggle with getting rid of or donating items that you may not need anymore while spring cleaning your office, we highly recommend checking out The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. She has some pretty awesome decluttering and folding methods, among other household issues.

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Check out our Clevermade Laundry Tote review from Costco.
Make Decluttering Accessible Year-Round

Try keeping compact and collapsible baskets or hampers in areas that often need decluttering or where people leave items that don’t necessarily belong in that particular space. I love to use a mix of woven fabric baskets and our strong and sturdy Clevermade Collapsible Hampers, which you can find a review on here.

The baskets are great for holding things such as throw blankets and extra pillows, and I sometimes like to use those same items to hide items that I need to take someplace else later on, such as the bedroom, or items that I want to keep in that particular room but may not belong out in the open.

That way the room’s always tidy looking and they provide storage as well as a decorative element to the area. Baskets are also great to use as hampers, and they often can be collapsed somewhat and hidden away when not in use. I really love using this basket in particular.

We also love stashing the Clevermade laundry baskets behind or underneath furniture, in drawers, etc. Because they’re easy to grab, I can quickly declutter or grab them whenever I decide I need to clean the room.


2. Clean your desk.

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Take some time to clean up your desk space. This includes the drawers and any shelves, cabinets, or that make up for your workstation.

This is also the time to clean and dust around the desk itself, making sure to move it so you can get the floor beneath it as well as the trim and walls around it.


Tips for Cleaning Your Desk

  • Declutter items from on and within your desk.
  • Any remaining items that you plan to keep in or on your desk can be dusted and cleaned off at this point using a microfiber cloth and a little bit of warm water, followed up with a wipe of a polishing cloth on reflective surfaces. Or use your preferred cleaning method.
  • Dust and clean your desk and around and underneath and including any cords and cables that might be involved.
  • Clean out your drawers, including any dust and debris.
  • Clean your monitor, computer, keyboard, mousepad or wrist rest, and mouse.
  • Make sure to clean inside things such as any pen or pencil holders and that any trash is disposed of properly.
  • Try to keep only what you need easy access to, or that makes sense to have inside your desk, if possible. And keep other items where they make more sense or would be better suited.
  • Return items and organize according to preference once finished.
  • Try to keep things sitting out minimal to keep the space optimized for productivity and so things are easier to keep clean.

Helpful Habit #1

Try to only keep items out that you need to use regularly or that bring you joy or a sense of inspiration or motivation. This won’t just help you stay focused and more productive, but it will also inspire you and help you keep the area cleaner for longer.

Helpful Habit #2

Try to get into the habit of cleaning your desk, inside and out, on a regular basis and not just when doing office spring cleaning tasks. If you feel this might be an area where you struggle, work in baby steps to get started and then work your way up in frequency.

For instance, you can set a reminder on your device’s app to clean out your desk on a specific day, whether that’s once a month to start, every other week, weekly, or daily. The more often you clean it, the tidier it will always be and a whole lot easier to clean in general. And the cleaner and more visually appealing your office area looks, the more productive and proactive you’ll feel. Win-win.

Helpful Habit #3

As incentive to keep things decluttered, consider making it a rule that you have to routinely dust and/or clean whatever is sitting out, including decor and office supplies, pictures, etc. This is a good rule of thumb for any particularly house item you might thinking of and while you want to keep things to a reasonable minimum.

Also, don’t be afraid to use vertical space for things such as shelves and cabinets if you need stuff nearby or want a place for a few decor elements but want a cleaner-looking desk space.


PS — I love the Tresanti Standing Desk and almost two years later. We actually have two in our house, with one black and mine in white/light gray. Review coming soon!


3. Clean the room.

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This step is more about cleaning the actual room (i.e., walls, baseboards, doors, furniture, switches and other points of contact, the floor, etc.). And since we’re working on office spring cleaning chores or seasonal cleaning, it’s a good idea to make sure that you get around and underneath furniture too, especially if it’s been a while.

The next steps are taken from our other spring cleaning post, 14 Spring Cleaning Chores for Your Entryway or Hallway in 5 Minutes (new tab). Feel free to check it out if you want more ideas for cleaning your office or other parts of the house.

8. Wash textiles or fabric items.

Take a little time while working on your hallway or entryway spring cleaning chores to clean any washable, textile-type items if you have any that might need some tidying up. This is also a great time to go through clutter that you don’t use or need or that might belong someplace else, such as shoes, coats, toys, and even pet trinkets.

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When doing office spring cleaning chores, we also like to include wiping down any wipeable surfaces, such as faux plants or baskets that can be cleaned by hand or according to the manufacturer’s care instructions.

Completing this step(s) can vary on how large your office area is and the number of items within it. How long since it’s been since you’ve last deeply cleaned the space may also factor into the timing.

Either way, clean at whatever pace works for you, even if it takes a few days, but try not to take so long that you lose momentum or have to start over. If necessary, consider timing yourself and, if you haven’t done so already, make sure to declutter the room or spot first.


Examples of textiles or washable items that can be cleaned:
  • Small, machine-washable rugs or doormats, including ones that can be hosed off outside
  • Window treatments
  • Coasters
  • Toys
  • Sports gear
  • Pet gear
  • Seat cushions and covers
  • Artificial plants
  • Baskets
  • Curtains
  • Lampshades
  • Pillows
  • Books

Tip

To wash or not to wash: If you enjoy artificial plants, always consider how hard or easy they’ll be to clean before purchasing them.

Some varieties can be more fragile than others, such as silk. Other, often less expensive types can be wiped down with a microfiber cloth or ran under the tap, with any excess water shaken off and left to air dry afterward.

I call this “watering” my plants. The more often you do it, the easier they are to clean. So don’t let the grime buildup. Places like HomeGoods, Target, and Amazon have great and affordable artificial plants. Plus, they’re usually a breeze to clean regularly. HomeGoods is always my favorite!

6. Clean inside any storage units, shelves, drawers, or cabinets.

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If you have any storage furniture, cabinets, drawers, or other office furniture, try to take a few moments to ensure that they’re cleaned from top to bottom as well as inside and out.

  • Shelving
  • Cabinets
  • Drawers
  • Tables
  • Consoles
  • Bookcases (and books)
  • Closets

This is also a good time to declutter and organize any items within or on the unit if you haven’t done so already. If you find that your supplies and other small office items tend to get messed up often, it may be due to needing to confine them into a smaller space.

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For instance, people often use bins, storage boxes, drawers, or shelf organizers to contain small clutter or essentials. You can find these at many stores, online and offline, and even at your local dollar store or donation place.


7. Check and/or restock supplies.

While working on your office spring cleaning chores, check your office supplies to see if there’s anything you might need to restock or reorder.

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Common Office Items to Restock

  • Pens and pencils
  • Highlighters and markers
  • Printer paper
  • Notebooks
  • Envelopes
  • Stamps
  • Printer ink or toner
  • Staples
  • Paper clips
  • Post-It notes ❤️
  • Butterfly clips (aka best chip bag clip)
  • Rubberbands
  • Thumbtacks


10. Update software on the computer.

Taken from our post, 22 Effective Ways on How to Spring Clean Your Personal Life

It’s important to make sure that your computer is tidied up and updated whenever possible. However, if you have a tendency to forget, you can spend a little spring-cleaning time making sure it gets done by doing some of the following:

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  • Run a computer scan for a maintenance check.
  • Run a security scan using your security and antivirus software.
  • Make sure any redundant files are removed, including anything from your Recycle Bin, for the sake of speeding things up and for security purposes.
  • Tidy up your computer’s desktop if it’s cluttered.
  • Make sure drivers and software programs or apps are up to date.

11. Update software for any office-related devices, such as printers, scanners, peripherals, etc.

While you spring clean your office and computer, it’s a good time to think about making sure that any drivers for devices and peripherals, like printers and scanners, are up to date.

New computers often update these for you, particularly with built-in devices. However, it’s still good to check—especially if your computer or items are a little outdated and happen to be external.

  • Scanner
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
  • Printer
  • Speakers
  • Built-in or external mics

Conclusion

In this post, we covered 11 office spring cleaning chores for the home, which can also be used inside a professional work environment or office.

  • Declutter the area
  • Clean your desk
  • Clean the room, along with detailed steps
  • Tidy up your computer, peripherals, and devices
  • Empty trash, recycling, shredder, hole puncher, and sharper
  • Clean any storage units, closets, shelves, drawers, and cabinets
  • Organize and restock supplies
  • Sort and process unopened or neglected mail
  • Organize and purge files and paperwork
  • Update computer software and hardware
  • Update other office equipment and personal devices

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Tips and Habits

We also provided plenty of tips and helpful habits to incorporate into your routine to make the cleaning process easier and more efficient.

  • In-depth steps and pointers for cleaning and decluttering the room.
  • Cleaning within drawers, cabinets, cabinets, closets, etc.
  • Cleaning up the computer as well as other peripherals
  • Tips for organizing
  • Ways to develop habits to help maintain the space better

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We hope you found this post useful. Feel free to check out some of the related topics down below, and stay tuned for next week’s post, where we tackle spring cleaning for the great outdoors! Hey, no crying now! Just think of all the barbeques! And no one will ever wonder the last time the grill was cleaned. You’re a professional!


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