Spring cleaning can be as motivating in the workplace as at home because it spells out a fresh start.
By allowing fresh air in, cleaning from top to bottom, getting rid of old items and introducing new ones, the spring clean gives us all a chance to review and refresh our surroundings.
Dating back to the Persian new year, which falls on the first day of spring,, Iranians continue the practice of ‘khooneh tekouni’ which literally means ‘shaking the house’ just before their new year.
The origins are also said to come from times when homes were heated with coal, wood and oil and would become dingy over the winter months. When spring arrived and windows and doors could be opened, without freezing the inhabitants, everyone in the household would work together to empty the contents of the house outside and then sweep and scrub every corner.
Modern heating and air conditioning has changed this, but the urge to spring clean lives on, possibly because the longer days bring more sunlight in through windows which can out a spotlight on any dust or other flaws that went unseen in the darker winter months.
Basic biology might also be partly responsible. Less light in the winter months means that our pineal glands produce melatonin which makes us sleepier. When we are exposed to sunlight we produce much less melatonin, so we are likely to have more energy to clean.
In the workplace, a spring clean isn’t just about getting rid of dust and dirt but also sorting through files, getting rid of things we no longer use and putting items in place to help us organise our daily lives better.
Here is our handy checklist of just a few of the core items that every workplace should have to hand for the spring clean:
- Anti-bacterial wipes
- Microlite cloths
- Microfibre cloths
- Screen cleaners
- Multi-purpose cleaners
- Furniture polish
- Carpet cleaner and stain remover
- Letter trays
- Desk tidies
- Pencil cups
- Waste paper bins
- USB flash drives
- Memory cards