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Office Spring Cleaning: Are You Being Judged?

According to a new survey by staffing firm Adecco, 57% of workers admit to judging a coworker based on the cleanliness of their workspace and nearly half say they have been "appalled" by a dirty office.

It can be hard to prioritize cleaning and organization in the office. But these aren’t just “nice-to-haves.” An orderly and tidy workplace improves productivity, boosts morale and reduces absenteeism.

Today we have provided you with a checklist for cleaning out the winter cobwebs and getting organized with some office spring cleaning.


  •     Use compressed air duster to clean keyboard and computer vents
  •     Disinfect keyboard, mouse, trackpad, writing tablet, and stylus
  •     Wipe down computer monitor
  •     Untangle and label computer cords and cables
  •     Wipe down exterior of computer

Computer Data

  •     Backup computer files to external or other drive
  •     Update to most recent version of programs, apps, or operating systems
  •     Delete items in trash or recycling bin
  •     Delete unnecessary or unneeded files
  •     Uninstall programs or apps you no longer use
  •     Clear cookies and caches from internet browsers
  •     Run system-wide virus scan
  •     Defragment hard drive or perform disk utility cleanup


  •     Cancel unnecessary email accounts
  •     Delete messages from inbox and other folders
  •     Delete items from deleted message or trash folders
  •     Unsubscribe from unwanted email lists and mailings


  •     Dust and disinfect entire desk surface
  •     Throw away broken or dried-up writing implements (pens, pencils, markers, etc.)
  •     Dispose of broken office supplies: stapler, tape roll, containers, holders, rulers, etc.
  •     Transfer information on business cards to digital contacts
  •     Return borrowed books or documents to owners
  •     Return books to public or private libraries

Filing Cabinet

  •     Place old or inactive files in archives
  •     Purge and shred dead or unnecessary client, customer, and project folders
  •     Create files for new clients, customers, and projects

General Items

  •     Thoroughly dust entire room
  •     Clean venetian blinds, roman blinds, and other shades
  •     Shake out and/or clean area rugs and carpets
  •     Vacuum and clean air vents, ducts, and baseboards
  •     Wax and treat wooden furniture
  •     Clean light fixtures
  •     Thoroughly vacuum upholstery
  •     Wash windows
  •     Thoroughly vacuum and/or mop floor