Cleaning and organizing office space at home is a must for those of you who work from home, since your work place / office is not just in your home but is your home.
Your work space at home could be a specially designated room – a home office with all its bells and whistles; or a section of a room with a work station.
It doesn’t matter how big or small the work space is, what matters is that that area is kept clean and organized – especially if the space is small.
An organized space suggests an organized mind.
So if your office space at home or your desk is cluttered and disorganized, let’s get started organizing office space or organizing your desk.
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With garbage bag or waste basket in hand, approach your office space or desk.
Take a closer look at all that is lying around. If you see scrap paper that is not needed – throw it away ! If you own a shredder, make it a practice to shred waste paper, this is good for not only staying organized but also to protect your personal security. So if you don’t own one, I suggest you buy an affordable one.
Create two piles.
One pile for items and documents that are necessary for your daily work and another pile for stuff that has already been used and needs to be filed away or stored.
We will get back to organizing your desk by filing and storage a bit later.
Cleaning is an important part of organizing office space at home.
So begin by sweeping away dust; wipe away any spills and wipe the dust off the work desk or workstation.
Ensure the room or area is clean and organized so that you can work more efficiently and healthy.
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Your computer, whether a desktop or a laptop is an essential part of your home office and if you want good, long mileage from your computer you have to take good care of it.
Here are some tips on cleaning your computer, which is a big part of cleaning and organizing office space at home.
Make sure the computer is turned off and not plugged in.
Use plain water to moisten ( not soak ) a soft lint-free cloth and wipe the computer monitor.
Avoid using a hand towel to clean the monitor – it will scratch the monitor screen and you don’t want that to happen, do you ? If you prefer, you can use special computer cleaning products that can be bought from a computer store.
Don’t spray the liquid directly on to the computer. Spray it on the cloth.
Lift up the keyboard, turn it upside down and gently shake it. You will be able to get rid of most things that are stuck between the keys. If you know you’ve been eating at your desk, don’t be surprised if you see crumbs and food particles falling out. And you may be pleasantly surprised that the space-bar key now works like a charm, since there’s nothing trapped under it anymore.
Don’t be tempted to use a vacuum to clean the keyboard, that may do more harm than good and may create an electrical charge that will damage the computer electronics.
Use cotton swabs dipped in rubbing alcohol and wipe the top and round the edges of the key. No need to be stingy with the cotton swabs, use as many cotton swabs as necessary.
Make sure the mouse is not connected to the computer.
You can use a paper towel or cloth to wipe off the top of the mouse. When done wiping, flip it over and if you see dirt-build up stuck to the bottom of the mouse, gently scrape it off. You can use your fingernail to scrape away the build-up but if not, don’t use a sharp object to do the scraping.
If your mouse uses a ball, remove the ball and clean it off, make sure it’s dried properly before putting it back in.
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