Overcast   81.0F  |  Forecast »

Office Spring Cleaning Checklist

It’s filled with papers, old files and tons of stuff to toss. Get started with these tips for organizing your home office.

Stacks of papers, magazines dating back to 1999, stray socks, old bank statements and floppy disk drives. If your home office has become the final resting place for various odds and ends, it's time to grab the wastepaper basket! "Cluttered surfaces, cluttered mind," quips Laura Wittmann author of Clutter Rehab: 101 Tips & Tricks to Become an Organization Junkie and Love It! who says it can be overwhelming to reorganize an office.

Her advice? "Break it down into steps," says Wittmann, a professional organizer and founder of the popular blogger at I'm an Organizing Junkie and the mother of three. "It's hard to do everything all at once." She suggests you devote 30 minutes every few days to organize sections of your office.

Since most offices have a lot of paper, Wittmann encourages wannabe organizers to develop a system for filing. Have the paper shredder at the ready, too. If you've been holding on to every bank statement and receipt, it's time to shred. You might even consider moving your financial statements online to cut down on paper (if you haven't done so already).

"Usually what happens is that after 30 minutes you look at your work and think, 'That looks good,' which helps to motivate you to keep going," Wittmann says.

Ready to start your home office spring cleaning? This checklist can help you get going:

  1. Take everything off your desk surfaces and clean the desktop and toss any items you no longer need; decide on places for the remaining items.
  2. Work in sections of your office – taking out all items and tossing what you don't need and deciding on a place for those items you're keeping.
  3. Create a filing system for your papers to use to keep your office clean all year long.
  4. Take down light fixtures and wash (you may be able to do this in the dishwasher).
  5. Wash the baseboards, door ceilings, windowsills, doors and walls.
  6. Wipe down any cupboard surfaces.
  7. Vacuum and wash vents.
  8. Wash windows on the inside and out.
  9. Dust any additional light fixtures and lampshades.
  10. Launder any window treatments you may have.
  11. Reorganize closets – toss out any items you haven't used in the past year.
  12. Wipe down any picture frames and mirrors using glass cleaner.
  13. Dust any decorative items you may have in your office.
  14. Vacuum the entire room.
  15. Take a picture of your newly cleaned office to post on your Facebook page to show off your hard work!

Add your comment:
Advertisement

More »Latest Articles & Blog Posts

Easy Lunch Wraps for School Lunches

Easy Lunch Wraps for School Lunches

Skip the bread and use tortillas to make one of these recipes for your kid's lunchbox.

Egg-Freezing Parties for Career Women Not Ready to be Moms

Egg-Freezing Parties for Career Women Not Ready to be Moms

Company EggBanxx just took fertility awareness to a new level, complete with cocktails and swank. Will the trend help? Will it stick? Or is this all a bit much?

AHA Arts Clear-Cling Stamps Are Fun for Paper Crafts

AHA Arts Clear-Cling Stamps Are Fun for Paper Crafts

For a creative, offbeat alternative to woodblock stamping, try these cool tools that add a great look to your DIY projects. Buy them here in southeast Michigan.

Craft Roundup: Small Projects to Make with Washi Tape, Confetti, More

Craft Roundup: Small Projects to Make with Washi Tape, Confetti, More

Tiny stuff is terrific! This roundup of DIY fun from various blogs shows you how to make matchbook notebooks, gift bags, stickers and bitty butterflies.

Frustrated Mom Creates App to Stop Teens from Ignoring Calls

Frustrated Mom Creates App to Stop Teens from Ignoring Calls

One mother got sick of her kids blowing off her phone calls, so she created an app to make it impossible. Stroke of genius – or an overstep of parental bounds?

Ice Cream Sandwich Recipes

Ice Cream Sandwich Recipes

Combine ice cream with cookies and you've got the perfect dessert combination. Whip up one of these cool treats with the kids!

Vintage Summer Pins Made from Old Belt Buckles

Vintage Summer Pins Made from Old Belt Buckles

A perfect summer craft, this DIY project is centered around used plastic accessories, which are cheap finds at garage sales and thrift stores.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement