It’s that time of year – Spring time – a time for warmer weather, and the ever so needed, Spring cleaning!
Every spring, warmer temperatures motivate Americans to remove household dirt and grime that has built up all winter. While shaking out rugs and wiping down windows may seem like common spring cleaning practices, few Americans take the opportunity to organize and de-clutter the home office.
By cleaning the home office, you not only ensure better productivity but reduce the risk for identity theft – a crime which impacted 9.9 million Americans in 2008.
Here are some tips that I personally use when cleaning my home and office:
- Sort through piles of paperwork on your desk and in your office drawers. Place them into categories: ‘save’ and ‘shred’.
- Organize the ‘save’ pile into labeled folders and be sure to put anything confidential in a fire-proof lock box. The ‘shred’ pile should be properly disposed using a cross-cut shredder, such as the Fellowes PS-79Ci with Jam Proof technology, to avoid identity theft.
- Clean your office and get rid of dust and germs that easily build up on office equipment such as keyboards, telephones and cabinets.
- Refresh your home office computer by deleting old files you no longer use, backing-up any important data onto an external hard drive. Clean out your inbox and change all passwords.
- Plan ahead by purchasing organizational tools for your desk, such as computer rises and file folder holders. This will clear clutter from your desktop while keeping things within arms reach.
I hope you have fun doing some spring cleaning this year and remember be safe – get a cross-cut shredder Fellowes PS-79Ci with Jam Proof technology to help protect yourself from identity fraud!