If you're anything like the average office worker in North America, you spend somewhere around 40 or 50 hours in your office every week. Between busy schedules and the demands of your job, you probably have not got a lot of time at the end of the week to spare for cleanup, but there are distinct benefits associated with keeping your works tidy. From increased productivity and efficiency to reduced fatigue and stress, these 5 office cleaning tips will not only help you work better but feel better too.

Tidy as you Go

Do not let your works get out of control by cleaning up as you go. One of the biggest problems office workers face is files and papers piling up on their desk. So, make sure to file and organize your desk and shelves as you go. Stack papers for filing at the end of the day or create trays or folders that are clearly labeled so you can easily put things away and find them when needed.

Clean your Desk and Computer

The busiest office workers can really relate to what it means to have a “working lunch.” This is the kind of meal you enjoy while you're sitting at your desk. Unfortunately, food splattered on your computer monitor and keyboard as well as free desk space is unsightly and unhygienic. Take a few minutes at the end of the day or week to wipe your keyboard and computer as well as your desk to keep germs away.

Remove Clutter

The more time you spend in an office, the more likely you are to have clutter on your desk. We're not talking about files or papers, but other tools of the trade. Sure, you have a pen organizer and you need your stapler, but your desk invariably becomes the place where you drop everything. Empty coffee cups, water bottles, picture frames, clocks, and other knickknacks perfectly clutter your desk and reduce productivity. Schedule some time in your day to remove unnecessary objects and keep only work essentials on your desk.

A Place for Everything

One of the easiest ways to keep your office clean is to assign a place for everything. You can even label drawers and organizers so you can find things quickly in a pinch. Ensuring you have an assigned spot for everything – even plants and your phone – will make the job of tidying and de-cluttering much easier. And remember, you always want to make sure you have some empty desk or shelf space for new work essentials, so consider taking some time to regularly reorganize and trash what you do not need.

Trash what you Do not Need

So, speaking of junk, you need to get rid of it. Old business cards, pens you never use, random coffee cups, and outdated calendars – these are all items that can add up over time. Maybe they're strewn around your desk or hidden in a drawer, either way this kind of junk takes up valuable storage space and distracts you from the job at hand. Decide what you really need and what is obviously unnecessary and get down to the essentials.