National Clean Off Your Desk Day Today: Tips + Infographic To Help

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It's the second Monday in January, which means today is National Clean Off Your Desk Day! What a great way to start off the new year... by clearing out all the clutter and unecessary paperwork on your desk and just get a "fresh start." Productivity experts say that a clean functional workspace is important for a productive work life. Apparently, desks can harbour 400 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat so this may be another great reason to clean up today.

 

Clean Off Your Desk DayOf course, I'm always a bit torn about over-cleaning up my own desk, as there are those who say the "a clean desk is the sign of a sick mind."

 

What do you think? Clean desk or not?

 

 

5 Ways To Observe National Clean Off Your Desk Day

 

If you adhere to the concept of a clean desk, here are five ways to "celebrate" the day:

 

  1. Clean your desk! What else? Take a few hours to organize all the paperwork that has piled up and to purge desk and workspace of things for which you have no use. How to do this? Pretty much the way organization experts suggest you clean out your closets and homes: Make three piles or place things into three boxes labeled, “keep”, “toss” and “move.”  Keep is for those things you must keep.  Toss is for all the junk you can get rid of.  And move is for those items that either don’t belong to you or don’t belong in your office. Easy, peasy.

  2. Shred paperwork with sensitive or personal information.

  3. Give away duplicate office supplies, but do organize your desk with proper supplies.

  4. File important documents.

  5. Organize your PC or laptop desktop.

 

Still unsure about where to start and what to do to clean up your desk? Here's a great Desk for Success infographic from Brian Tracey (a familiar name to many of us) providing more tips/ideas to getting more organized in your work space.

 

 

Infographic: Organizing Your Desk

 

Image of a clean desk is a sign of a sick mind credited to: stjent.pinnaclecart.com

 

 These tips to organizing and decluttering your desk on National Clean Off  Your Desk Day are brought to you courtesy of Nina Hollander and Carolinas Realty Partners, RE/MAX Executive, your Charlotte metro area real estate consultants and residential sale experts. 

 

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Joan Cox ~ hi Joan... you are one step ahead of me in that you started.I was out all day showing property yesterday and barely had time to breathe once I got home. Today, I've barely gotten off the phone as well.

Jan 08, 2018 11:20 AM #37
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel ~ hi Alexandra and Ron... I rarely have piles, but I rarely have a totally clean desk, either.

Jan 08, 2018 11:21 AM #38
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Nina my desk has looked like the one in the picture more than once ....... LOL

Jan 08, 2018 02:03 PM #39
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When I moved offices over three months ago I vowed to keep my office and desk clean. So far so good.

Jan 08, 2018 05:44 PM #40
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I cleaned my office from top to bottom last Thursday. I was taking down Christmas decorations, and decided to clean my office. I cleaned out some files, cleaned off my desk and polished it, and yes I even cleaned up some computer files.

 

Jan 08, 2018 06:44 PM #41
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But Nina, if I clean off my desk, I won't know where anything is.  Organized chaos is what my desk looks like

Jan 09, 2018 01:40 AM #42
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James Dray ~ good morning, James. I so know that feeling. Sometimes I put things a way to be "safe" and then they are safe from me as well!

Jan 09, 2018 03:34 AM #43
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Rebecca Gaujot ~ good morning, Rebecca... how envious am I that you had a chance to clean your office? I was very sick the week between Christmas and New Year, which is when I normally do my office... and now I'm really behind and hate it.

Jan 09, 2018 03:53 AM #44
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Debbie Reynolds ~ hi Debbie... here's to keeping that desk clean and organized throughout 2018!

Jan 09, 2018 03:54 AM #45
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George Souto ~ hi George... now you are really scaring me! But I know you said this tongue in cheek!

Jan 09, 2018 03:55 AM #46
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Tiz muh better than the "olden days"....but but but...

Jan 09, 2018 05:29 AM #47
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson ~ good morning, Sally and David... totally get the, but, but, but!

Jan 09, 2018 05:35 AM #48
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This is good advice to share. Thankfully, my desk and my email account are in pretty good shape.

Jan 09, 2018 07:18 AM #49
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Roy Kelley ~ hi Roy... this may have been the highest number of views I've seen in one day on a post... lots of people out there who need to organize their desks, I guess.

Jan 09, 2018 07:25 AM #50
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Gee whiz, I'm two days late in reading this Nina Hollander so I guess I'm going to have to wait another 363 days before I can clean off my desk. 

Jan 10, 2018 01:29 PM #51
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Bob "RealMan" Timm ~ hi Bob... now there's an excuse if I ever heard one! I work at it these days a little bit at a time, myself, as I was sick all of the last week of December when I normally clean out my office for the coming year.

Jan 10, 2018 01:36 PM #52
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Great advice, I did tackle my desk as I sat here watching the snow fall earlier, but I think I also need to tackle my laptop desktop as well.

Jan 10, 2018 01:45 PM #53
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Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543 ~ so much to do, Nick, and so little time in which to do it, is all I can say. That seems to be the story of my life, in any event.

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National clean off your desk day, should be a every six month event for some .

Jan 21, 2018 10:06 AM #55
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Michele Cadogan ~ hi Michele... for me, it should be daily event. I've been trying to do something without much success for weeks!

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