Whether it’s at home or at the office, cleaning is a chore that takes time and effort. Unfortunately, neglecting to keep good, productive cleaning habits can lead to a disorganised lifestyle and even worse, lowered productivity in the workplace.
The key to developing productive cleaning habits comes down to motivation, but there are a few tips to help you get started on the right path:
- Keep Clutter Under Control
One day, it’s a few pieces of paper, the next, a few more. Over time, desks and workspaces can accumulate a surprising amount of unnecessary clutter that can slow down the pace of work due to the desk being a disorganised mess.
Avoid printing when possible and instead consider digitising files and documents to reduce the use of paper. Also, have a tray or folder nearby to store important documents that do need to be printed. If a document isn’t so important to warrant going into storage, it doesn’t need to be kept on your desk.
- Maintain Good Eating Habits
Of course, eating a healthy breakfast and lunch are important to getting through the work day. All too often, however, cutlery, coffee mugs, and microwaveable containers end up sitting on the desk and creating an unsightly (and smelly) presentation to coworkers and clients.
If you bring plates, bowls, cutlery, or food containers to work, keep them in the office kitchen if there is one. If your office has no kitchen, wash them after lunch and store them in a bag. Out of sight, out of mind.
- Clean Computer Workstations Frequently
With computers being so commonplace in offices, it’s worth considering just how dirty and unhygienic a keyboard and mouse can get over time. Greasy keyboards don’t just accumulate more grease and dirt under the keys, but they also help to transmit germs and bacteria from user to user, which can help spread a cold around the office in no time.
Wipe down your mouse and keyboard every day, if possible. If computers are shared between employees, provide each workstation with antibacterial wipes so that users can sanitise their workstation regularly.
- Dispose of Trash Regularly
Spending up to eight hours a day at a desk generates a lot of waste, from chewing gum to packaging for afternoon sweets and tea bags. Keep a small rubbish bin near your desk to dispose of these, and ensure that it’s cleaned out regularly. Smaller is better because it will fill up faster and encourage you to have it cleaned out more often than larger rubbish bins will. Furthermore, it’ll remove food waste and organic material faster, which can emit foul odours around your workstation.
- Maintain Discipline Through Routine
Much like starting a new fitness programme, keeping an office clean year-round takes a lot of dedication, but also discipline through motivation and routine. Without discipline, even the best of intentions and cleaning schedules (if your office has one) won’t be effective.
One way to foster a disciplined approach to cleaning comes from leadership. Anyone can take on leadership roles by enthusiastically leading by example and keeping the office clean, day in and day out.
Contact Integral Cleaning Today
The more effort that’s put into maintaining good cleaning habits, the better. Even the most motivated office teams can benefit immensely from periodic deep cleaning from reputable cleaning companies, however. Contact Integral Cleaning to ensure that your cleaning habits are paired with efficient and quality deep cleaning. Our team of friendly cleaners can help your office become cleaner, healthier, and more productive.