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Decluttering your workspace

Since we’re still in the spirit of a “New Year, a new you”, we thought we’d concentrate on our workspace this week. As much as it’s important to focus your efforts on keeping your home clean and fresh, it’s just as important to keep your workspace the same, not only for cleanliness reasons, but also to increase productivity.

Think about it, once you’ve given your home a good once over, you always feel so much better – cleaning your work desk and its surrounding area will do just the same. If you work in an office environment, you’ll find yourself spending a heavy majority of your week surrounded by your computer, desk, phone and anything else that accumulates on your desk.

We’re not sure about you, but we always feel that extra bit stressed and unmotivated when we have a cluttered workspace. We’ve detailed a quick and easy plan for you to tidy up your desk which will instantly make you feel more calm and destressed.

Assess what you use on a daily basis and what you could store away/recycle.

  1. Purchase medium sized and attractive storage containers/trays/boxes that you can stack on your desk, and store the non-daily pieces of paper/notebooks.
  2. If you have drawers under your desk, make sure you’re using them effectively. Each drawer could have a different purpose – a “constant use” drawer, a “non-daily use” drawer and a “rare use but still important” drawer. This will allow you to access certain notes/files at a much quicker rate.
  3. Do you have notes all over the place? You probably think you need them all displayed on your desk just in case you need quick access to them – but be realistic for one minute and admit you probably haven’t used those notes (which were taken from a meeting you had two months ago), in a long time. Time to store!
  4. Dedicate a section of your desk to stationery, one notepad (with multiple dividers) and a ring binder with punched binder poly pockets. Keep all important documents which need to be easily accessibly in this ring binder.
  5. Finally, apply some anti-bacterial spray to your desk and give it a good clean to rid any built up germs. Similarly, use some computer-friendly anti-bacterial wet wipes on your keyboard, mouse and phone – these definitely need a good clean, think about how often they are used!

Why not take a picture of your workspace before and after your clean? Tweet or Facebook us your photos!

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Decluttering to de-stress!

The thought of doing a major house clean in this gloomy, cold winter weather is one that fills us all with utter dread and misery. All we want to do in the winter months is get nice and comfy and eat some delicious food – not clean the house from top to bottom! We also mustn’t forget we have the added stress of Christmas a mere six weeks away!

However, you may not realise, but a lot of the stress you’re feeling right now, whether it is to do with Christmas or general winter blues can actually be reduced by giving your home a good clean.

Think about it. You spend a large portion of your day in your home – it’s the place you should be able to relax, but if you haven’t had a good clean up in a while, this could be subconsciously adding to your stress levels.

As well as for keeping your stress levels to a minimum, conducting an overall clean is hugely important for health reasons. We’re not saying you need to do these tasks every single week (except for certain jobs) but ensuring you keep on top of your cleaning will help the process become not so overwhelming.

So when it comes to tasks such as changing your bed sheets, doing the laundry, cleaning your bathroom and dusting, you should make an effort to do these on a minimum of a weekly basis. Areas which are used most often, such as the ones above, are the areas you should prioritise and take care when cleaning.

There are then the more tedious cleaning tasks, but thankfully, these don’t need to be taken care of on too much of a regular basis – we advise every two to three months! These tasks include:

Cleaning the build-up of grease on your oven… It’s pretty much a no brainer but is so often overlooked. Think how often you use the oven and how much grease will form over weeks and months of use. There are lots of great products on the market that will vanish the stubborn grease marks in no time!

While on the topic of kitchen appliances, make sure you give your fridge a good scrub! Here are some tips to help you get started:

Empty your fridge of all its content – this is also a good time to have a clear out!

  • Carefully take out any shelves inserted in the fridge and wash them with hot soapy water. If they are glass shelves, be careful as putting a cold glass shelf into warm water could cause it to crack. An ideal solution would be to either wash with cooler water, or wait until the glass has acclimatised to room temperature.
  • Try not to use scented products when cleaning the inside of the fridge – it’s best to use baking powder with hot water. This will not provide any scent but will still kill all germs and bacteria.
  • Finally, dry all of the inside and shelf compartments and place them back in the fridge. Simple!

Your sofas and carpets should also be cleaned every couple of months to reduce dust particles which can easily become trapped without you realising. Make sure that the products you are using on your sofa is fit for its material – you don’t want to have to fork out money for a new sofa!

When cleaning carpets, yes, a standard vacuum will do the trick, but consider getting your carpets steam cleaned as this will help abolish bacteria as well as stubborn stains!