Now that we’re officially in the thick of spring, it’s time to get down to business with spring cleaning your home office. What better time to do it then before summer vacations start? Coming home to a sparkling clean office is the perfect way to minimize those end-of-vacay blues.

Tidying and cleaning your office is not much different than cleaning the rest of your home, except that organization and decluttering are more important than ever in an office space. Many people find that their productivity goes right out the door when they try to work in a messy or disorganized work space.

Here are a few tips to get you started on your big home office spring cleaning.

Declutter, declutter, declutter

From your bookshelves to your desk to any closets or other storage space, get rid of any unneeded items that are taking up valuable space and possibly even sapping your creative juices. As we discussed in a past article, the Marie Kondo method of organization is a highly effective way to get organized in three easy steps. You can do this!

Clear out, clean out

Remove everything from your office space, including furniture if possible, and do a thorough dusting and vacuuming. Really inspect your office with a fine-tooth comb and don’t overlook things like windowsills, fan blades, and HVAC vents. Your goal is to get everything as clean as possible. This is especially important for allergy sufferers who are sensitive to dust.

Give your houseplants some love

Live houseplants don’t just look pretty – they can also increase the oxygen levels in a room. But a dust-covered plant isn’t a happy plant. Clean your plants and give them some water. Move them to a different area of the office if it seems that they’re not receiving the right amount of sunlight.

Have a shredding party!

Time to get rid of all that unnecessary paperwork that’s been cluttering your workspace. You can either shred it all yourself or find a shredding service that can take care of it for you (especially if you have a lot of paper to get rid of). Many banks and credit unions offer free shredding services one or two times a year, so check into that as well. Scan in any papers you might need later but don’t want to keep hard copies of.

 

Wipe your computer and other equipment

This might seem obvious, but it’s something many of us overlook. Be sure to wipe down your keyboard, mouse, monitor(s) and any other equipment you have in your office. You might be surprised by how clear and bright your monitor looks after a thorough wipe-down. And go ahead and disinfect your doorknobs and other frequently-touched surfaces while you’re at it.

With these tips, your office will be clean and inviting again in no time.