This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CuVerro. All opinions are 100% mine.
Most of you know how great it feels to walk into your office or classroom and sit down at a desk that is organized and tidy, just waiting for a productive day. You want a workspace that works for you, not against you, and getting that workspace organized is one surefire way to make sure it does just that. The cleanliness of your workspace is also incredibly important, although not always as obvious. Most people that work in an office space spend a third of their time at their desk – if not more. You answer phones, work on your computer, fill out paperwork. Plus you are involved in the day-to-day personal tasks like eating lunch at your desk when the day gets too hectic, eating snacks, getting up to use the restroom, dropping things on the floor and then picking them up – over and over again (or is that just me?). And then there’s the visit to the break room.
Am I painting a vivid picture for you here? There are a bunch of ways for your office to get dirty, really dirty, and germs can spread around an office quicker than watercooler gossip. Germs and papers, papers and germs – it’s never ending, right? But getting these two things as under control as possible is key to a successful work week.
Here are just a few reasons why a clean workspace is very important.
The Importance of a Clean Workspace
Fewer sick days
Although sick days will find you one way or another (because, well kids do get sick), keeping your workspace clean can help. Keeping your space dusted and wiped down, plus remembering to wash your hands properly, can definitely help a great deal. Extra dust is known to lead to headaches, fatigue, difficulty breathing and an overall lack of motivation.
I’ve been working with CuVerro®, which manufactures antimicrobial copper that continuously kills bacteria*, on raising our awareness of just how dirty our environments around us can get and how copper can help. Copper is a proven surface that has the ability to kill bacteria and create healthier environments you care about – whether that’s your home, hospital, day care facility or fitness center.
Most recently, I tested out my laptop since I work on it several hours a day. (And I often go from working on it to reaching over for a snack because…well, popcorn.) Anything below a 300 reading is considered a sanitary surface. My laptop read over 800 as you can see. Needless to say, I should be more diligent in keeping my laptop and hands clean. In addition, I could look into one of their bactericidal copper keyboards, which dang they look cool, don’t they? They also have gorgeous antimicrobial copper Cross pens which would make a great gift. My husband loves pens, so this would be perfect for him. Reduces Stress
Without a doubt, keeping your workspace cleaner reduces stress. You’re able to find things quicker. You can think clearer. You are more productive, and being more productive often leads to improving your bottom line which leads to more financial stability. When we tackle one thing head-on that bothers us, day in and day out, it’s amazing what other benefits we reap because of it. It can lead to so many other amazing things in life. All because we cleaned up our workspace.
It Makes a Good Impression Do you meet with clients in your office? Or maybe you’re a teacher and you meet with parents? If a potential client or a parent who is not very easy to deal with walks in and is immediately greeted by a messy desk, there’s a good chance negative energy will immediately fill the room. But, if they are greeted with an organized and clean workspace, they will take you more seriously and you’ll come across as more trustworthy and someone they would want to work with.
You Feel a Sense of Satisfaction
There is something very satisfying about walking into a space that’s just been cleaned or that you left clean from the day before. It’s a completely different feeling from the one you get walking into a workspace that you left a disaster. Working in a clean space gives you improved energy because the space is appreciated. Have you read the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up? It’s the same concept she shares in her book. If you appreciate the space, it’ll appreciate you back. She even goes as far as to talk to her socks. To each their own, right?
What does your workspace look like right now? Is it clean or could it use some help? What do you feel like when you walk in?
If you were to test some of the surfaces in your workspace, like I did on my laptop, what do you think the results would look like? I would love to hear what you think some of the dirtiest areas of your home or workspace are.