Clean Office. Happy Office.
Why taking the time for tidiness pays off in the long runWarp + Weft is a small but mighty team of seven creatives. Among us, quite a bit of stuff—holiday decorations, photography equipment, a turkey costume, not to mention all of the supplies needed to run W+W—has accumulated. Over time, the office can get a little… cluttered. So, how do we hold onto our sanity? We organize. I like to think of it as spring cleaning for every season. Every couple of months, I go through every closet, every storage bin, every nook and cranny of the office and recycle or donate anything that’s no longer needed. This can be tough. I get it, it’s hard to let go, but there is a better way. Not sure if you should spare the time to declutter? Consider these benefits:
Improves EfficiencyEver spend ten minutes going through every closet trying to find a box of paper clips? We don’t. By keeping supply closets organized, team members can easily grab what they need and get back to their project. Time is money, and we’d rather not spend it trying to find a stapler.
Communicates professionalismAre you trying to do anything on a desk that’s covered with papers, old coffee mugs, and cookie crumbs? Cut it out. You’re better than that. Clean your desk every day—okay, every week is reasonable—by washing surfaces, filing away papers, and putting everything back in its place. Don’t forget to regularly cleanse your email inbox and computer desktop—digital clutter is a thing, too. Filing away older documents and digitizing hard copies into Dropbox or Google Docs is a great option.
Promotes CreativityA messy desk leads to a stressed, anxious person which can lead to an inefficient, unhappy, unmotivated person. This is definitely not helping your business or the health of your employees. By staying in control of the clutter in your work area, you make space for creative energy to flow, building confidence which can lead to lasting success. If your office is in need of a spring clean overhaul, it could be time for an all-hands-on-deck bonding and cleaning extravaganza! Trust us—after you’ve cleaned and organized everything, your office will take on a new life. The air will be cleaner, the birds will be singing, and the sun will be shining. Well, we can hope anyways. Take a page from Marie Kondo and if it doesn’t spark joy, give it thanks and say buh-bye.