Cubicle Organization and Cleaning Tips
According to a 2014 Gallup poll, the average full-time American worker spends 47-hours per week at their job. That's more than 8-hours per day at work and in the cubicle. If your workspace is dirty and cluttered, that 40+ hour workweek is going to feel even longer. Look to the ServiceMaster Clean professionals for cubicle organization tips and tricks to turn your home-away-from-home into a space that's clean and clutter-free.
Cubicle Cleaning: Start Fresh
For the ultimate cubicle organization project, start with a clean slate. Remove everything off the desk, tossing things you don't need as you clean. Get rid of old gum/candy wrappers, paper bits and sticky notes with messages answered weeks ago. Remember, a clean cubicle is a healthier cubicle, so ditch any lingering tissues and wipe down all hard surfaces with disinfectant.
Easy Cubicle Organization
Begin to organize cubicle space by creating work zones and assigning a place for the things you use daily. If most of your day is spent on the computer, make it the center of the cubicle space. Clean the keyboard and computer screen and add a stylish new mouse pad to replace the one with the coffee rings. Try the following tips to help tame the additional chaos and clutter:
Keep what you need frequently in reach
Have a holder just for pens and pencils so you never have to hunt for one when in the middle of an important phone call
Have a separate container for markers and highlighters
Invest in a divided organizer tray to keep in a desk drawer or off to the side on the desktop
Use stacking paper trays and label: Today, To Read, To File, etc.
Limit personal belongings
Many employers allow some personal touches in employee workspace or cubicle areas. However, to keep a cubicle looking organized and professional, limit the number of personal items in the space. A framed picture or two plus a knickknack add a personal touch while maintaining a professional atmosphere. Remember your personal office space or cubicle is still part of a business. Treat it with respect and your employer and coworkers will appreciate your professionalism.
Beyond Desk Space
Many cubicle dividers feature fabric covered walls. T-pins fit easily into this material and become neat hanging tools to create a DIY pegboard to hang things like scissors, a hole punch, tape and more. Additionally, you can use T-pins to hang a corkboard for notes. Velcro tabs also work well on fabric wall. If office policy allows and you have the space, add a shelf (or two) to get binders off the desk and stored neatly within arm's reach. Vertical hanging folders are another easy way to de-clutter a desk and keep frequently needed items handy.