Why Your Business Should Marie Kondo Your Office Space and Embrace Tidying Up

You may run your business like a well-oiled machine but if your office space is a mess, it can be hard for you and your employees to focus and operate efficiently. You know you need to do something about it, but the task seems so enormous you don’t want to face it. 

Maybe it’s time to embrace tidying up.

Unfortunately, a messy business is often an unsuccessful one. The more clutter there is on your premises, the less efficient you are, and the less you appeal to customers and colleagues. Where Marie asks “does it spark joy?” ask “is this necessary to help me accomplish a task?”

So, what do you need to do? Try these business friendly tips to for an office clean up. Here’s a rundown. 

Assess The Situation

The first step is to see how bad things really are. Your premises might look dreadful, but it could only take an afternoon to clear it up. 

Do a walkthrough, looking for trouble spots and what caused the problem in the first place. You don’t want to be in a situation where you have to remove junk only for it to build back up again because there’s something wrong with your business processes

While you’re assessing the situation, figure out what sort of mess you have. Is it just old paperwork? Or do you have chemicals lying around that you’re never going to use? 

What you have will determine the urgency of the cleanup operation. Files everywhere hinder productivity, but it isn’t the sort of thing that’s going to bring your business down. By contrast, dangerous chemicals might.

Start With A Clean Slate

The next step is to dedicate a block of time every week to sort through all your items and decide what you want to keep, and what you need to remove. As you go through things, you’ll be amazed at just how many things you want to keep. So much of what you think is junk will be useful and can go straight back into your business’s inventory.

However, you should also be ruthless. Get rid of anything expired, broken, or out-of-date. Don’t be tempted just to keep things for a rainy day. That’s a bad policy, and it won’t help you solve your clutter problems. 

Prioritize junk removal once you have containers full of things you no longer need. Get it all off-site and let someone else deal with it. You don’t want a big container full of rubbish sitting outside your business, bringing the whole place down. 

Organize The Leftovers

Once you’ve done that, the next step is to organize the leftovers. You want to make sure you don’t run into a clutter issue in the future. 

Start by investing in storage solutions that let you organize all your possessions. Add cabinets, shelving, and bins to arrange everything you need onsite, making sure you use the oldest perishables first. 

Once you’ve done that, add some labels. Let your team know what’s in each area so they can access them more rapidly. 

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Create A Tidying Routine

Now that’s done, you want to create a tidying routine. Scheduling cleaning sessions will help to prevent clutter and mess from getting out of control during the week. 

The best approach is to use a commercial cleaning company. These outfits have strategies to help businesses across sectors stay organized and maintain their operational efficiency. 

Failing that, you can do the work in-house. Setting aside a morning a week to tidy up could be a great way to keep things running smoothly. 

If you have commonly-used items, dedicate a space for them to live. This approach helps you prevent having them move around all the time. It also means that everyone at your workplace knows where to return them once they finish using them. 

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Ask Everyone To Help

While employees might not be happy about it, asking everyone to chip in when cleaning can enable you to turn your premises around faster. Instead of it just being you working on it, you have a whole team of people behind you. 

One approach is to adopt a workplace tidiness policy. Here, you make each employee and team responsible for their areas of the business. Every day, you audit the tidiness to ensure it meets your standard. 

Another approach is to do a blitz every couple of weeks. Here, everyone in the business spends an hour tidying things up and putting everything back where it should be. It will reduce productivity a little, but you should find that you make the time back because you are more organized. 

So, there you have it: what to do when your business premises are a mess. If you’re in dire straits and struggling to deal with all the problems you face, get professional help.

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