Vacation Leave: 7 Cleaning Tips Before Leaving Your Office For a Vacation

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Everyone needs time off from the office every and have a vacation once in a while in order to rest and recharge. But before you go, there are a couple of things that you need to get in order, like cleaning the office. 

The last thing that you want to happen to you is coming back from your recent holiday recharged and refreshed, only to find a cluttered, uncleaned workspace.

That said, we have listed down seven cleaning tips that you need to keep in mind before taking a vacation:

Wipe most used items

Whether you are taking a couple of days or weeks off, there is nothing more refreshing than coming back to your workplace that is clean and stocked with all essentials. 

So, before you leave, make sure that you wipe your workspace with a disinfectant, discard papers that you do not need anymore, restock your pens, sticky notes, and everything else you need.

Organize your desk

When you work quickly a couple of weeks leading up to your vacation, things can get a bit messy. So, take some time to make sure that everything on your desk is tidy before you leave. That way, when you come back to work again, you’ll be coming back to a stress-free space.

Ensure that you start your first day of work on a positive note. Before you head out, organize, and declutter your desk so that you can begin working again as soon as you’re back. 

Try to get rid of junk as well. Things like cheap pens, freebies that you just couldn’t say no to, and calendars are strewn all over your desk. Although you might think that some of this stuff is still useful, most of them just clutter your desk.

You might feel a bit of guilt for throwing it out, but it’s important to learn how to say “no” to the things that you don’t need anymore. 

Toss out trash

Your office cleaning would not be complete if you do not take out the trash. Taking out the trash is still part of your cleaning task. 

Place trash bins in the most circulated areas in the workplace, and ensure that the trash is taken out every other day. Do not let it pile up. 

Do not leave perishable food

Search your desk and cabinets for any perishable food. While you are at it, take a peek and throw out leftovers from the fridge. 

Freeze, eat or throw away anything that you think will spoil while you are gone. No one wants to come to work with rotten, stinky foods waiting for them once they return. 

File your papers

Piles of papers are one of the biggest office offenders. They are everywhere from your shelves to your desk, and even on the floor.

While it is easy to get busy and tell yourself that you will start stacking papers to file once you get back from your holiday, the task is already too big for you to handle before you know it. 

So, file your papers before you go. You can create a system of trays and file folders that are labeled clearly to make sure that you do not misplace anything. The same thing goes to your files on your computer. 

It also helps that you assign a place for everything so that you could easily find the things that you are looking for. 

Once you get into the habit of putting things back to its assigned places, decluttering will be an easier task that is almost second nature. You can also keep some of the desks and drawers empty to make room for new items. 

Leave some air fresheners

Air fresheners are the best tools that you can use to keep your office clean and smell good. Don’t try to overdo it, though, as the smell can be overwhelming once it is overused. 

For customers and clients who are coming to your office, it could be frustrating on their part to inhale these intense scents or fragrances. 

Disinfect your workplace

The last thing that you want to happen is for you, or other employees in the office to get sick. Therefore, regularly disinfecting your workplace is vital especially during flu seasons and virus outbreaks.

At Maid Sailors Hoboken Cleaning Service, we advise our clients to use non-toxic hypoallergenic products and up-to-date equipment that prevent the spread of germs in the office. 

For instance, a mop that has been collecting germs for years is not going to remove the germs in your workplace. You can also choose to hire a professional cleaning company and they will have the right equipment to completely disinfect your workplace. 

Over to You

Whether you prefer to spend your vacation on the beach or couch, it will hardly matter if you are coming back to a messy workspace once your leave is over. 

So make sure to take the extra effort of ensuring that everything is in control by applying the cleaning tips listed above before you leave the office. That way, you can fully enjoy your time off!