This post is Part 5 of our Spring Cleaning Series.
Cleaning Your Home Office:
Just about everyone nowadays has a home office of some sort. A home office is a place that can accumulate clutter quickly: old utility bills, receipts, magazines and newspapers, useless pens that stopped writing months ago… this list goes on. Take a look at our tips for improving the space in your home office.
- Do the Paperwork! Get rid of unneeded files, old papers, magazines, receipts, etc. If you’re like me, you’ve probably got tax returns laying around from 20 years ago. You don’t need that stuff! Get rid of it!
- Remove all books from the shelves and clean them with a natural bristle brush. You might even want to do this outside if they are really dusty. Then clean the shelves with a damp cloth, dry with paper towels, and put the books back. Please throw away those self-help books… they’re useless!
- You’ve probably got a drawer FULL of writing supplies. Take the plunge and throw out out-of-ink pens, highlighters, and markers. When you’re done, you should be able to get a pen/pencil organizer and make your life easier in the writing department.
- Clean off the top of your desk to reduce clutter. If you don’t have one, get yourself a set of those stackable paper sorters. If you do have one, you should probably actually use the thing.
- Store all but non-essential items in your desk drawers instead of on top of your desk. Drawer organizing inserts are cheap… mainly because most of them are made of plastic. If you want to splurge on the fancy wooden ones, go for it – but, get something! It will really help you keep the items in your drawers neat and handy.
- Take the cover off your computer case and use a can of air to blow out all the dust from the fans and vents. This is definitely something you are going to want to do outside. If you have a small air compressor with an air-blower attachment, use that instead since it is more powerful than your typical can of air. Be careful not knock things around inside the computer. Canned air should do the job nicely. Be warned… computers attract dust because of their ventilation fans. So, be ready for a cloud of dust when you first pull the trigger on the air! You may even want to wear a mask in case you get a face-full of it.
- If you are self-employed and your home office is your primary work-place, you may find that you have to keep records of your business activities for longer periods of time than you would prefer. Instead of stuffing file boxes in the damp recesses of your garage where there is a danger of mildew or bug infestation, consider a climate-controlled self-storage unit for storing documents and files that are in your way, but you cannot just simply throw out.
College Students – Spring Cleaning Prep for Move-out Day!
As a bonus, here are a few quick tips for all the fine young adults out there going for a college degree. With Spring Break coming up and many students headed home for the holiday, this is the perfect time to do a few things that will make move-out day at the end of the school year go more smoothly. Follow these tips to lessen your load when it is time to clear out and head home for the summer.
- Take as much stuff back home as you can during Spring Break so you’ll have less to deal with on move-out day!
- Use boxes and bins – not big plastic bags! Boxes and bins are easier to pack and transport than simply stuffing everything in a big plastic bag.
- Clean out the dorm fridge. It is probably pretty scary in there by now, but you need to do it anyway. Go buy some rubber gloves and dive in with a sponge and warm, soapy water.
- Sell off old text-books you won’t be using next year. You know you’ll probably never look at them again, and there is certainly some cash-strapped student who will be happy to take them off your hands.
- Unless you are graduating and leaving campus for good, consider getting a local, climate-controlled self-storage unit for things like your dorm fridge and other larger items that you don’t need to take home with you.
Download our Spring Cleaning Home Office Checklist in PDF format to help you get started!