Spring cleaning isn’t just for spring time. It refers to any kind of deep cleaning you do to your workspace, office, or home, and involves more than just the typical cleaning you would do on a daily and weekly basis. If you’re the dedicated spring cleaner for your office, here are some tips to deep clean your office without going crazy in the process.
Start out with a plan. Make a list of all of the things you want to get done. To do this, go through each room (if there’s more than one, great) and figure out what storage and cleaning supplies you will need to do the job. This will reduce delays caused by you running back and forth to the supply closet.
Clean just one area at a time. Don’t get off task by laying out your plan room-by-room and then starting one room before one is finished.
Clean from top to bottom. It’s quite likely you’ll be stirring up dust, cobwebs, and even crumbs, so start with things up high like dusting cobwebs from the corners where the walls meet the ceiling, tops of shelves, and work your way down to finally sweeping or vacuuming.
De-clutter each room. Get rid of the items you don’t need, want, or use. If they can be repurposed, like moving an unused chair from one room to another that needs it, then do so. Otherwise, sell, donate, or throw out things you don’t need. Be ruthless with what goes.
Organize closets and storage rooms. Organized storage areas look great and take time off your daily routine when you can find everything you need much faster. For more ideas on how to organize closets and storage rooms, check out this Apartment Therapy article for additional information.
Multi-task to keep yourself occupied. Cleaning on its own is pretty mind-numbing because it doesn’t require much thought. If you can zone out and be fine, then great. If not, make it more enjoyable by listening to an audiobook or podcast, or making a phone call.
Don’t forget the walls. The walls in your office or work space are visible to everyone who visits or works there. Clean stains off with a mixture of mild dish soap and water and a sponge. If they’re really bad, you may need to repaint them. If you’ve recently thought about changing the colours, now is a good time to do that.
Take care of the windows and doors. Use glass cleaner (or your preferred cleaner), a clean rag or paper towels, and a wet cloth with soapy water on it for the trim and non-glass parts. Make sure you pay special attention to the areas that get touched a lot. For the outside of windows, use a squeegee, a bucket with warm water and soap, and a hose (or another bucket with fresh water).
Make sure your cleaning tools are clean. Get rid of any mildewy or ragged sponges, wash your mop heads, and replace worn-out brooms.
Tips to Keep Your Space Clean
- Clean as you go and avoid letting messes get out of control.
- Clean your office at the end of every day.
- Keep a schedule; set aside some time every day to clean. Carry a basket or box and remove anything that doesn’t belong in that room, and organize the stuff that does belong there. Return things to their proper place in each room.
- Consider hiring a professional cleaning company like Jan-Pro Canada to help with your commercial spaces.