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Regardless if your office is outside the home or within it, check out these top 14 effective office spring cleaning chores that help guide you through the process of clearing out while gaining some of the following benefits.

Benefits of Office Spring Cleaning

  • More productivity.
  • A better sense of proactiveness.
  • And increased feelings of accomplishment.
  • Fewer distractions due to less physical and mental clutter.
  • Less stress due to less visual stimulation and having a better focus environment.
  • More organization to further speed up productivity and increase proactiveness.

1. Declutter the room.

You can make a tremendous amount of improvement in your office area and overall productivity by decluttering the space.

Doing a thorough decluttering is also highly beneficial when done prior to cleaning rather than during the process since it can help you focus and speed things up.

Plus, a cluttered space can cause visual over-stimulation and stress, even on a subconscious level.


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

1) KonMari Method

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.

2) Make Decluttering Accessible Year-Round

Try keeping compact and collapsible baskets or hampers in areas that typically need decluttering or are places where people have a tendency to leave items that don’t necessarily belong in that particular space.

We 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.

They’re highly versatile and deal for stowing behind or underneath furniture for easy access, and then storing and eventually stowing items to their designated homes.

2. Clean your desk.

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.


Cleaning Tips

  • 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 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 them 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.

! 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 will help you stay focused and more productive, and it may even inspire you to the area clean for longer.

! Get into the habit of cleaning your desk on a regular basis — not just while doing office spring cleaning tasks. If you feel this might be an area where you struggle, work in baby steps as get started and consider adding them to your weekly cleaning schedule or morning cleaning routine.

! Consider using your room’s vertical space for things such as shelves and cabinets — especially if you lack space or need to have certain items nearby but prefer to have things tucked away and out of sight. This will result in less clutter and fewer visual distractions.

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

3. Dust thoroughly.

Take some time to thoroughly dust your office space before moving onto anything like vacuuming or wiping surfaces clean. This is also a good time to prep for any organizing that might come later.

This might include putting anything you plan to store elsewhere, keep, donate, or need to work on in a designated spot right away, rather than having to sort later and adding extra steps.

Items to Dust

  • Dust ceiling, vents, walls, wall decor, and light fixtures.
  • Dust wood trim, including doors, window frames, and baseboards.
  • Dust window treatments.
  • Dust and/or clean knickknacks, books, plants, pictures, and decor items.
  • Dust office furniture
  • Shake out any rugs or mats

! If it’s been a considerable amount of time since you last dusted, consider dry dusting all surfaces before using water or trying a wet dusting method to avoid scattering or spreading around dust, dirt, links, and other particles.

! For quick and efficient dry dusting, consider using a 360-degree duster that traps particles rather than scatter them everywhere like a traditional feather or synthetic fur duster. Good examples include the Swiffer 360, including their 6-foot extendable Swiffer.

! To speed up the pace of your dusting and general cleaning, dust at least once a week if not every other week. This will help prevent layers of dust from forming, resulting in less mess. You’ll also be able to move faster, and there will be less scrubbing later when you dust consistently.

4. Wipe down furniture and items.

Wipe down furniture and items such as knickknacks.

This step can be done prior to vacuuming, mopping, or upholstery and carpet cleaning, as mentioned in Step 4. Especially if you think wiping things done, even after dusting, will be more of a mess. Customize accordingly.

Items to Clean

  • Clean the interior side of windows and tracks
  • Clean shutters, shades, or blinds
  • Wipe down the desk and other furniture
  • Wipe knickknacks and decor items clean
  • Clean glass, mirrors, and picture surfaces

! Feel like spring cleaning or quarterly seasonal deep cleaning takes too long? Check out these maintenance cleaning routines, chores, and schedules that you can use to keep your house well-maintained while getting tasks done faster.

5. Clean and tidy computer, devices and peripherals.

Clean and tidy up your computer and other devices by carefully dusting and wiping them off with a lightly damp cloth or even disinfecting wipe if that’s your preference.

This is more so the case with mouses, keyboards, monitors, and other items that have collected dust or go through a lot of hands-on contact.

Items to Clean

! Check out our post on 16 Important and Often Missed Spring Cleaning Chores for Your Home next.

6. Empty recycling and trash items.


Take the time to clean and empty things that require emptying ever so often. This often includes anything from your trash and recycling bins to hole punchers and more. Wipe clean once emptied.

Items to Empty

  • Hole puncher
  • Paper shredder
  • Recycling bin
  • Trash can
  • Throw-away mail
  • Pencil sharpener

! Make it a weekly, monthly, or quarterly cleaning chore or habit to empty your trash, recycling, and paper office items accordingly to stay on top of it or set a calendar remind if you tend to blow it off or forget about it.

7. Wash fabric items and upholstery.

Spring clean office pillows, curtains, furniture, and blankets

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 any clutter that you don’t use or need or that might belong someplace else, such as shoes, coats, toys, and pet trinkets.

Washable Items to Clean

  • Window treatments
  • Coasters
  • Toys
  • Sports gear
  • Pet gear
  • Seat cushions and covers
  • Artificial plants
  • Baskets
  • Curtains
  • Lampshades
  • Pillows
  • Books
  • Small, machine-washable rugs or doormats

8. Clean the floor.

Spend some time cleaning your office floors once the dust has had a chance to settle.

If your hard-surfaced area and knickknacks are still fairly dirty after dry dusting, you can vacuum and mop after the next step instead to avoid extra vacuuming later. Do it in whatever order makes sense.

Floor Cleaning

  • Thoroughly vacuum any upholstered furniture and window treatments.
  • Vacuum the floor, including along the edges and any rugs, mats, or carpeting.
  • Consider upholstery cleaning fabric-covered furniture it’s been a while.
  • Try carpet cleaning rugs and carpeting, and wash small mats if possible or at least once or twice a year.
  • Mop accordingly or when it’s most convenient.

! Looking for something to make cleaning your floors quick and easy? Check out our hands-on, professional review of the Tineco S5 Wet-Dry Cordless Vacuum next.

9. Clean inside cabinets, drawers, and storage.


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.

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.

Spaces to Organize

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

! You can use bins, storage boxes, drawers, or shelf organizers to contain small clutter or essentials. These can typically be found online and offline, as well as through your local dollar store or donation place.

10. Check and 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.

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

11. Go through and sort mail.


If you have mail building up, take some time to work on decluttering and sorting through it. We’ve also listed a few helpful tips to help you out, both now and after the fact. Break things up as you need to and move at a comfortable pace, especially if you have a lot of mail to go through.

Sometimes, it helps to separate a large amount of mail into designated piles such as Junk Mail and Action Mail.

Junk Mail

When you’re ready, pitch the things you don’t need, such as supplements and junk mail. Make a date and schedule a block of time to look through items you plan to throw away but want to look at first. Try to get rid of the temp mail as soon as possible though.

  • Flyers
  • Supplements
  • Coupons
  • Catalogs
  • Solicitations

Action Mail

Set aside action mail to process accordingly. This often includes bills that you need to look at, file, pay, and/or enter into your records.

Action mail may also include items that you or someone else in your home may need to fill out, return, and/or need to respond back to, such as government documents or old-school snail mail from a friend or relative.

  • Bills
  • Checks
  • Documents to file
  • Letters or documents to respond or take action on
  • Coupons to use or keep and put away
  • Supplements or catalogs you received and want to order from

! Looking for more mail-related tips? Check them out in our 22 Effective Ways on How to Spring Clean Your Personal Life post next (new tab).

! Set a Date. If you’re behind on your mail often, set a specific day each week where you address the task, whether if it involves billing or responding to a loved one’s card. You can also set reminders for yourself through apps, planners, or your calendar.

12. Get rid of redundant files and paperwork.


It’s good to go through your filing, paperwork, and documentation every so often to make sure everything is in order.

This is also a great time to update any records and gather any documentation or records that you might have lost, need to update or handle otherwise.

Know What to Keep and for How Long

Some records or documentation should be held onto for a certain period of time, if not indefinitely. In contrast, others may only need to be held onto for a year to three years, depending on what the document is about.

  • Property records
  • Vital Records
  • Car records
  • Insurance policies
  • Any legal correspondence or documentation
  • Any relevant investment or trade information

Other document types, such as certain tax records, may need to be held onto for a specific amount of time, often anywhere from 3 to 7 years.

Whereas, credit card statements are usually kept for up to a year. Items such as warranties can be held onto until they expire and receipts up to 90 days or so, depending on if they’re personal or for business.

It’s Good to Know

Make sure to research what you should or shouldn’t keep, even just for the sake of future reference. You can find plenty of information online, such as with this great article by Huffpost (new tab).

If you run a business, check with your accountant first and research business-related recordkeeping since you may want to consider other things like contracts, invoices, etc.

I took a course on this for college, and it was pretty intensive and surprising to see what showed up.

13. Tidy your computer up.


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.

Clean It Up

  • 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.

Software Updates

14. Update software on the computer.


While spring cleaning your office and computer, it’s also good to think about updating drivers for devices and peripherals, like printers and scanners, to make sure everything’s up to date.

New computers often update on their own, particularly within built-in devices and peripherals. However, it’s still good to check, especially if your computer or items are a little outdated and happen to be external.

Software Updates



In this post, we covered 14 office spring cleaning chores for the home, which can also be used inside a professional work environment or office. Don’t forget to check out our other Spring Cleaning Posts

Office Spring Cleaning Chores List

  1. Declutter the room.
  2. Clean your desk.
  3. Dust thoroughly.
  4. Wipe down furniture.
  5. Clean devices, computer, and peripherals.
  6. Empty trash and recycling bins and items.
  7. Wash fabric items and upholstery.
  8. Clean the floor.
  9. Clean inside cabinets, drawers, and other storage units.
  10. Restock and check supplies.
  11. Go through and sort mail.
  12. Get rid of redundant files and old paperwork.
  13. Tidy your computer up.
  14. Update the software on your computer.

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