Ready to throw off winter and refresh your home office for spring? By following these steps you’ll clean and declutter your office and boost your productivity! These simple tips make office spring cleaning a painless process that will breathe new life into your business. And don’t forget to snag the FREE checklist to track your progress. Dump those winter blues now and spring clean and declutter your office in 4 steps!
Spring Clean and Declutter Your Office in 4 Steps
This time of year I always get the itch to declutter all the things and clean until my office shines! I jump in full of motivated spring energy, get overwhelmed, then leave my office in worse shape than when I started.
So, to achieve a shiny clean and clutter-free office without the overwhelm, I created a 4-step office spring cleaning and decluttering checklist. I follow the steps on the checklist by completing one, two, or all of the tasks under each step, and I’m left with a clean and decluttered office and renewed enthusiasm for working my business!
Learn how to spring clean and declutter your office in 4 steps!
Clear the Clutter
It’s probably no surprise that we’re starting with clearing the clutter. It’s the perfect way to create some open space in your office. Plus, you don’t want to waste valuable time and energy cleaning or organizing items you don’t need or use!
Keep this task quick. You don’t want to get mired in deep decluttering at this point.
For this task, you’ll need a:
- trash can
- recycling bin
- shredding bin
- bin for items that don’t belong in your office
- bin for items that need to be put away in your office
Work through your office collecting and sorting the clutter. You can use a timer, if that’s helpful for you. Work in blocks and clear that clutter: throw trash away, put items to be recycled or shredded in their respective bins, put items that belong on your desk or in your office in a container, and place items that belong in another room in that respective bin.
Once you’ve collected and sorted all of the clutter in your office, take some time to empty your bins: dump the trash and recycling in the larger collection bins, shred items that need shredded, return items that belong in other rooms to their assigned homes, and put office items away.
Now that you’ve cleared the bulk of the physical clutter in your office, let’s look at a few specific areas and additional types of clutter that you may want to tackle in this step.
When it comes to my desk, I like to experience a quick win.
I take all of the clutter on my desk and put it in a bin to quickly clear my work space. Then I wipe down the surface of my desk and any items that stay on it (like my writing utensil caddy, my lamp, and my computer).
Then I set my trusty for 15-20 minutes and work on emptying the bin full of desk clutter. When the timer goes off, I take a break, then restart the timer, if necessary.
You may have dealt with this area during your general office decluttering session, and that works, too! My desk tends to amass a large amount of clutter, so I tackle it separately.
You can approach file clutter different ways:
- By just filing any items that need filed
- File items then do a quick folder declutter, removing old folders that are no longer relevant
- File items then do a deep folder declutter and reorganization
During this spring cleaning and decluttering process I usually just file any loose items. I typically save the deep file cabinet clean out for the end of the year before tax season comes around.
As always, do what works for you. If you decide to take on the deep folder decluttering be sure you have a dedicated space in which to work so you don’t make a bigger mess in your office!
If paper clutter is a problem in your office, check out the Organize Your Files Week series which starts with this post: The First Step to Conquer Home Office Paper Clutter.
As I’ve mentioned before, digital clutter is my nemesis. I’ve struggled with building a system for this clutter that is easily maintained and fits in my schedule.
During spring cleaning and decluttering I’ll quickly peruse my folders and clean out any that are no longer relevant. I’ll also empty my computer recycling bin and downloads folder, pull my photos off my phone and put them on my computer, and complete any required tech updates.
But I don’t deep dive into digital clutter in the spring.
If this is an area you’d like to tackle in more detail, check out this post: Kick Your Digital Clutter to the Curb.
Spring is a great time to clear your task clutter!
I take these steps to clear any clutter from my task management tools:
- Tasks that are taking up space in my brain – I like to do a brain dump in my bullet journal and get them all out of my head. Ahhhhh!
- Tasks that are no longer relevant – I cross off/delete any tasks that are no longer important or that I’ve delegated along with any tasks that I completed but forgot to remove. This feels amazing!
- Reorganize task lists – Now that I’ve got a fresh list of tasks from my brain dump and have cleaned out my existing task lists, I like to reorganize those tasks by prioritizing them, assigning deadlines, breaking them down into action steps, etc.
This part of the process will be different for everyone, depending on how you organize your tasks. But at the very least, complete a brain dump and clear tasks that are no longer relevant.
For more tips on task management, check out these posts:
Now that you’ve cleared the clutter, it’s time to deep clean!
I’m not a fan of cleaning, but it wouldn’t be a spring clean and declutter your office post without the cleaning part, right?
Here are the tasks I complete when my office needs a good cleaning:
- Empty the trash and recycling bins, if you haven’t already.
- Launder curtains, pillows, and throws, if applicable (check tags for specific recommendations).
- Clean the ceiling light fixture.
- Wipe down floor lamp, if applicable.
- Use a lint roller to clean desk lamp shade or wipe down desk lamp.
- Dust all surfaces with a microfiber cloth and a dusting spray. Move items and dust under them.
- Wipe your desk, drawers, and any handles with a sanitizing spray.
- Turn your computer off and wipe it down with a microfiber cloth; I like to use a cotton swap with a tiny bit of rubbing alcohol on it to clean between my keys or to clean up any sticky areas (again check manufacturer recommendations).
- Vacuum thoroughly.
- Throw open the window to bring in some fresh air.
Ah, doesn’t that feel amazing?! After deep cleaning my office I’m always so excited to sit down and get to work!
Nothing freshens your office and work time like adding a few pops of color!
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- Add color to your calendar or planner with stickers, washi tape, or colored pens and markers.
- Add colorful printables to your daily routines (psst, I know where you can grab some free printables! 😉 ).
- Purchase colorful office supplies and put them in a cute holder on your desk.
- Buy colorful organizing tools to add a pop of color to your office AND help you be more organized!
- Add a plant or fresh flowers to your office.
Change Things Up
Although it seems somewhat random in a spring clean and declutter your office post, another thing I love to do in the spring it to change things up. By changing things up I get re-energized and feel more enthusiasm for my business.
And isn’t that what spring cleaning and decluttering is all about?!
You can change things up by:
- Adjusting your routines
- Shifting your business systems
- Reading a business book that’s outside of your comfort zone
- Trying a different approach to a task
- Experimenting with a new app
- Testing a new time management strategy
- Rearranging your office
- Listening to music or working in the quiet
- Adding a scented candle or essential oil diffuser to your office
- Filling a bulletin board with inspiring art or quotes
- Creating a vision or mood board and hanging it on your office wall where you can see it from your desk
The possibilities for changing things up in your office and business are endless. Think about an area that feels stagnant or boring and change it up!
Grab Your FREE Checklist
To help you create a plan of attack and track your spring cleaning and decluttering progress, make sure you snag your free Spring Cleaning and Decluttering Checklist!
Spring is here, and it’s time to throw off winter and refresh your office and business! Follow these four simple steps to declutter your office, refresh your space, clear mental and physical clutter, boost productivity, and recharge your creativity. These tips make office spring cleaning a painless process that will breathe new life into your business!
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What are your tips for spring cleaning and decluttering your office?
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