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How to Keep your Office Desk Clean

Sep 16, 2008
A messy and disorganized desk is a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and viruses. These unwanted guests may result in you suffering from coughs and colds or other ailments. Would you like to work in an unhealthy workplace? I am sure the answer to the question would be a resounding NO.
There are many ways that we can prevent our office workspace from becoming a proverbial pigsty. Here are some tips which are easy to follow and will help you keep your desk clean and your office healthier.

1. Have organizers for your work.
Get files folders, in-out trays for urgent projects, CD boxes to store your digital documents and a stationary holder to keep your desk clutter free. Prioritize what you have by keeping the items that you use on a regular basis within reach. Items that are occasionally used should be stored away in cabinets, drawers or even separate shelves near your desk.

2. One photo frame is enough.
Limit the number of decorative items on your desk as they are a magnet for dust and vie for the limited desktop space that you have.

3. Have anti-bacterial wipes and tissues on hand.
It is important to routinely wipe down the phone, keyboard and surfaces to prevent the spread of germs with anti-bacterial wipes. Having tissues around to cover your nose if you do have a cold. If you do have a cold, take precautions to prevent your fellow employees from contracting the virus from you.

4. Open the windows to air out the room if possible.
Having a fresh breeze now and then prevents the office from having stale air. Turning off the air-conditioner once in a while can help reduce the spread of germs.

5. Add plants to your workspace.
A touch of greenery can help to improve the air quality in the office and make it a more pleasant place to work.

6. Do not store food in your office drawers or on at your workstation.
If you have food around you will be tempted to munch while busily typing at the keyboard. Unnoticed to you there maybe food crumbs in your office chair or in the carpet which may lead to visits by ants or the growth of germs.

7. Do not eat at your workstation.
Eating on the job is bad not only for your health but also you may accidently spill the contents of your lunch on the table or on your keyboard.

8. Have a five minute clean up routine.
End each working day by filing away and putting away the items on your desk so you can arrive to a clean desk tomorrow. Clean all surfaces with a moist cloth then dry.

With these 8 handy tips you can be assured that your work desk is kept clean and hygienic.
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