The rewards of an office spring clean are vast. Research has shown that organised workspaces help employees feel more focussed, resulting in greater efficiency and productivity. Working within a clean, tidy and decluttered environment can also be inspiring and it might give you the mental boost too when it comes to creating an organised state of mind. It’s also much easier to fall in love with any space when it’s clean and organised – fall in love with your workspace and it will help to increase your love for your work and job: an all-round mood boost.
At MBM Omega, we understand the value of an organised workspace. That’s why we’ve outlined our 5 key takeaways below, for enhancing happiness and productivity in any work environment:
1) Find inspiration
Why not use Pinterest or Houzz for inspiration? Picture the look of the final space in your mind. Spring cleaning isn’t always a fun or motivating task; people often procrastinate when it’s on their to-do lists. But if you can find inspiration for what you want the end-product to look like, it will not only make the task more riveting, but it will help to make the work-area much more attractive too.
Perhaps a reward is what you need to motivate yourself – a nice addition to your work desk could include a new plant to add vibrancy and bring some life into your workspace. Alternatively, a new purchase such as a bag for work could provide that little bit of motivation you need to get the job done.
2) Take your time…
Tradition may dictate that you clean your office area all at once but that doesn’t have to be the case every time; on the other hand, little and often helps. We all have differing schedules, but if you want to clear out one drawer or file one tray of paper then move onto the next job the following day, that’s perfectly fine.
The key is to make sure you have some sort of plan or schedule to ensure the job is completed within a set timeframe. Be clear about your plan of action beforehand, this way you’re best placed to complete the task at hand.
3) Think long-term
“The space in which we live should be for the person we are becoming now, not for the person we were in the past.” – Marie Kondo.
What ambitions do you have for the next year of work? Will it require more filing space? Will you study in your breaks and do you need a separate space to do so?
This focus on the future will help differentiate between your new workspace and your previous one. Plus, it will also help you differentiate between an upcoming, new and goal-orientated workspace rather than one associated with lockdown and the pandemic.
4) Add a pop of colour
Remember that spring cleaning isn’t purely an activity for removing grime and dust as well as a little bit of filing. This is an opportunity to create a better space than you had before, so adding a pop of colour will really help to separate the old from the new.
Plastic plants are an excellent addition to a workplace because they are low maintenance and research indicates that they add something aesthetically pleasing for the senses. All these small touches when combined can create a huge difference and lasting impact.
5) Update your current items
This could mean updating an old family or pet photo to a more modern picture, to bring a fresh look to your space or even add something new to your workspace – a cute stress toy perhaps. Research indicates that using personal items may help evoke the feeling of joy and relaxation which in turn can lead to greater productivity.
With spring fast approaching now is the time for a fresh new outlook. Let’s spring clean together, and remember to get in touch with the team at MBM Omega for all of your office cleaning supplies and other requirements.