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A lot of people nowadays work from home, whether part-time or full time as freelancers. As a result of this trend, one of the most sought-after home additions is a home office — a place where you can work peacefully and calmly without any interruptions.
Naturally, these home offices require some special equipment — like a desk, a chair, a
good excellent internet connection, and whatever else you need to be fully focused on your work.
Cleaning a home office is then slightly different than cleaning any other part of your home. Experts know exactly how to clean your home office as effectively and quickly as possible. Here are some tips and tricks of the trade so you can be the best cleaning lady EVER.
Your Computer and Accessories
No matter what kind of computer you use in your home office, it will get dirty to some degree. Homes are full of house dust and other particles and unavoidably, some of it will land on your computer. Not to mention other kinds of filth (i.e. kid and pet grime).
Chances are that you won’t resist the temptation to eat at your computer in your home office. It’s just SO easy. Crumbs of what you ate can very easily get between the keys of your computer, so you should probably start there.
Okay, a professional cleaning lady probably wouldn’t do this — but go ahead and unplug your keyboard, upturn it, and shake it a little. It will help get the majority of crumbs and other debris out. Alternatively, you can use compressed air to the same effect.
The rest of your computer will likely just need a bit of dusting every so often. Just remember, if you are cleaning your computer screen, don’t use a cotton cloth! A professional cleaning lady would suggest either getting a specialized screen cleaning cloth or using a microfiber one.
Microfiber cloths are ideal for dusting, not just your computer screen, but any surface. The best thing is that they don’t require any water or detergent — the fabric itself that works as a magnet for dust. And it is fairly easy to wash it in clean water after you are done.
Organizing Your Desk
Cleaning your home office means sifting through a lot of different papers, deciding what to keep and what to throw away. This is something a professional cleaning lady cannot do — only you know what is important.
Even in the modern time of super-fast internet and the omnipresence of computers, a lot of the most important documents we have are in paper form. Most doctors’ findings, the deeds to your home and similar are hopefully safely stored away somewhere. I keep really important papers in a fireproof safe!
However, even day-to-day things can involve a lot of paper. Monthly bills, receipts that you might need to keep and even regular mail can pile up very easily if you don’t have a system.
Create separate folders or boxes on your desk for all kinds of papers that come across your desk. If they are important – they go into the red folder. Junk mail – yellow folder it is, ect.
Make a habit of going through these papers at least once a week. Not only will you prevent the junk from piling up, but you will also ensure that you don’t forget anything important.
Just because this is your office, that doesn’t mean that the simple rules of cleaning and cleanliness stop applying to it. In addition to the things we already talked about, you also need to do the regular cleaning chores that a cleaning lady would do.
One of the arguably most tedious, but also the most important cleaning lady like chores is vacuuming. If you have a carpet in your home office, as most people do, it will trap a lot of dirt and debris over time, just like in the rest of your home.
This is doubly true if you allow children or pets to enter the office. However, vacuuming your home office is no different than vacuuming the rest of your home.
Your home office might be a special place where you can relax, but you still need to keep it clean and tidy like a kick-ass cleaning lady. Right?
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.