Clean your desk and start the year off organized

It’s National Clean Off Your Desk Day

The second Monday of each year is a day many dread: National Clean Off Your Desk Day. It’s not that our desks don’t warrant a cleaning, it’s that we just don’t want to do it.

This year, the Ants decided to challenge each other to clean our desks. And, many of us did.

Here’s some background from a recent press release as to why this day exists and is celebrated.

“This special day was originated by Anne Chase Moeller, the daughter of Mr. Chase of the Chase’s Annual Events—the very book where special events are listed. Anne often helped out in her father’s office and shared his incredibly cluttered desk. In order to create a place where she could work, she would spread a cloth over his chaos and then do her work. When she finished, she would put her things away, including the cloth and leave. The end of 1982 she declared that he would clean off his desk at least once each year. Naturally, being in the business, they entered National Clean Off Your Desk Day into the record book for the second Monday in January, and the rest is history. The record book has since been sold to a larger publisher, but the event is still celebrated each year. It is a great time to get a fresh start for the new year.”

So, whether your desk is closed off from others, out in the open, a cubicle, at home or a pop-up desk on the kitchen counter, keeping your workspace free of clutter, organized and clean will help you prepare for another year of work.

Here are some tips to help keep your desk in order this year:

Keep a clear space on your desk
The majority of us work on computers now, but it is important to have an area free of clutter for other tasks.

Put unnecessary supplies away
Staplers, tape, hole punches and other supplies you may use once a day or less should be put away in a drawer.

Have cleaning supplies near
It’s always nice to have cleaning supplies close by, but it also encourages you to keep your desk tidier.

So many cords, so little time
Cords tend to take over desks. Keep them organized and out of they way. There are many gadgets and gizmos out there that can help.

Continually clean
Making time in your schedule to clean weekly will help you stay on top of it and not feel as stressed out. Also, maybe you won’t have to participate in this event next year.

Here are some before and after pictures from around the office of desks that are now spotless:

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