In this short article I would like to give you several tips on how to make your desk more pleasant place to work at. Of course, in order to do that, you need to clean it and maintain it regularly.
Some of you are probably wondering, how hard it can be to maintain your desk, since it is, after all, a single piece of furniture, not a whole house, or a flat. But because it is that small, it could get dirty, or cluttered with garbage, pretty quickly. Couple of years ago, when I was working as task coordinator at Enfield cleaning company
, I had so much work and such an absurd amount of paperwork, that at some point I could have lost my desk in the office. I presume that the same thing happens to many of us.
First things, first, you need to get rid of everything. Throw all the rubbish and put your stuff some place else, in order to begin cleaning. Once you do that, it is time to dust off your desk. You can simply use a soft cloth for the first wipe-out. Then, you could dip the same cloth in water and sprinkle a little bit of vinegar, in order to remove any remaining dust. Dry out your desk and you are ready to begin the next step.
You can use almost any type of desk cleaner or detergent, which is suitable for the job. However, be mindful, if your desk is made out of real wood, which is not polished or waxed. Some of the cleaners might have harmful effect. Still, that is very unlikely. The choice of detergent is up to you, since they differ mostly in their aroma. Once you spray enough cleaner onto your desk, just use a soft cloth and wipe until you decide that every corner is properly cleaned. You could do the same with the side walls and any drawers, shelves or keyboard holders.
You can now dry off your desk and start putting everything back. However, try to organize the tools on your desk. The idea is that every item should have a specific place on your desk. That is, of course, usually the case, but be sure that you have everything in order.
Also, you have to cultivate the habit to put whatever you use, back in its original place. In this way, it will be much easier for you to work and to clean, when the time comes.
After you have arranged your desk, there are several precautions, you might want to consider. If you don't have a small garbage bin, make sure you get one. In that way, any food leftovers, packaging, or pieces of paper, will go directly into the trash, instead of piling on the desk. You can even use an old cardboard box, which you can decorate as you seem fit, in order to freshen up your desk area, a little bit. The only thing is that you would have to remember to empty the bin, every day. A reminder note on the monitor will do the trick, I guess.
It will be useful, if you have a roll of paper towels. That is very important, since you can take care of any spills, stains or dirt spots, immediately after they occur. Also, you can leave the desk cleaner, which you have used earlier, near your desk. If it takes too much place, simply buy a smaller bottle. Whenever you need a quick disinfection, you can do it pretty rapidly, when you have the necessary supplies close-by.
On additional useful tool might be a small, USB-powered vacuum cleaner. They are not very expensive and, besides cleaning your keyboard and computer components, they can take care of the dust in any other inaccessible places. Of course, they do make a little bit of noise, which could annoy your co-workers, but it is up to you, really.
I think with these simple steps, you will make your desk a better place. For me, the good state of my desk is very important, since I am spending a lot of hours a day on it, and I want it to feel good and clean, at any time."