4 Reasons Why You Should Clean Your Work Desk Frequently



Everybody wants to have an organised workplace, but just wanting to clean your work desk is not the same as actually doing so.

This has nothing to do with being organised and clean in general. Sometimes, it’s just about being way too busy to pay attention to the details. Who can think about the appearance of their work desk when there is so much work to do and so little time to do it all?

As it turns out, there are four reasons why you should pay more attention to your work desk cleanliness. Some of them are so crucial, you will definitely start thinking about them the moment you enter your office.

1. It Helps You Relieve Stress

We all know how frustrating it can be trying to work on a cluttered desk. After all, all that clutter can influence your state of mind as well. Plus, if you ever need to find something quickly, it’s definitely easier to do so if your desk is well organised. Otherwise, you’d have to struggle to look for it under all the mess every single time.

On the other hand, having everything well organised means it will take you much less effort and time to find it, which is especially helpful when it comes to finding those really important things. Needless to say, this can also greatly reduce your stress levels.

Moreover, a good organisation can be connected to visual synergy – your eyes won’t be distracted by the disorder on your desk. This means that you’ll be able to stay calm no matter how much work you actually have.

2. It Leaves A Great First Impression

Everybody knows how important first impressions are. True, they are mostly used in the context of dating and relationships, but they are just as important when it comes to your office.

You have to admit that it doesn’t look good when somebody enters your office just to see a messy desk. Regardless of how much work you have, a disorganised desk sends a bad message about you to your clients and coworkers.

On the other hand, if you’re organised, you’re telling people that you are reliable, trustworthy, and in control of your work. Of course, it’s good to actually have these qualities, but you should also be able to show them. Therefore, spend some time cleaning up your office desk, at least for others if not for yourself.

3. It Is Healthier

Anything that’s cluttered creates nooks and crannies where dust and dirt can collect unnoticed. And if there’s one thing you need to know about dust and dirt is – it can have really bad effects on one’s health.

While this is especially true for those with asthma or allergies, those effects can be just as bad for those who don’t. Some particularly nasty effects include sore throats, itchy eyes, and runny noses.

When those things hit a person, it makes it very hard to focus on work. Productivity can suffer badly from something as “innocent” as a dirty desk. When things are neatly organised and set in their proper places, cleaning becomes an easy task. That’s because of this way, you eliminate any hidden places and spaces where dust and debris can be found. Additionally, keeping things organised lets you easily see what’s clean and what’s not.

4. It Inspires Others To Follow Your Example

If your desk is always messy and disorganised, others might think that it’s okay for their desks to be the same. They might not even notice the clutter on their desk, and this can really become a problem if it starts happening to somebody like a manager. It can set a very bad example that can have terrible consequences if people choose to follow it.

On the other hand, when you keep your desk clean, you also inspire others to do the same. Even though this is mostly psychological, it can still brighten up your workplace. When everyone’s desks are clean, the work environment becomes rather pleasant, which can have a positive effect on the morale of the employees.

At Alsco, we know perfectly well how important workplace hygiene is. We’ve been helping Australian businesses maintain high levels of workplace cleanliness for years.

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