Spring is right around the corner, and just as we refresh our homes during spring cleaning, our workplaces also benefit from a thorough decluttering and reorganization. A clean and organized workspace can significantly boost productivity, improve morale, and enhance overall work satisfaction. In this article, we’ll explore how to apply the principles of spring cleaning at work, drawing on insights from experts and recent research.

Declutter Your Desk and Digital Workspace

Begin your workplace spring cleaning by decluttering your physical desk and your digital workspace. A clutter-free desk reduces distractions and promotes focus. Delete unnecessary files, organize your folders, and clean up your email inbox. According to a study in the Journal of Neuroscience (Kondo et al., 2013), clutter can have a negative impact on your ability to concentrate and process information efficiently.  

Evaluate Your Digital Habits

Take a moment to evaluate your digital habits. Consider reducing the time spent on non-productive websites and social media during work hours. Research from the journal Computers in Human Behavior (Wilmer et al., 2017) highlights the negative effects of digital distractions on productivity. Decluttering your mental space can help your focus, clarity, and overall productivity.

Review and Reorganize Your Tasks

Spring cleaning is an excellent time to evaluate your tasks and responsibilities. Review your to-do list, prioritize your projects, and delegate when possible. Organizing your tasks can lead to increased productivity and a better work-life balance. A study published in the journal Work and Stress (Parker & Wall, 1998) found that effective task management can reduce stress and improve job satisfaction.

Refresh Your Physical Workspace

Give your workspace a physical refresh by cleaning any areas where grime may have accumulated over time, as dust and mold can affect your overall well-being. A clean environment can enhance your mood and create a more pleasant work atmosphere. Research from the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (Dijkstra et al., 2006) shows that a clean workspace can positively impact mental health.

Revive Your Mental and Emotional Space

Elevate your mental and emotional space, as well as that of your teammates, by participating in an engaging, educational, and fun activity. Learning to play hand drums as part of a team building or training activity is a great way to recharge, refresh, and connect with your colleagues. Not only does this type of experiential learning engender fun and communication, but also the session can include insightful learning on topics such as DEI, leadership, and change management.


Applying the principles of spring cleaning to your workplace can lead to a more organized, productive, and pleasant work environment. By decluttering your workspace, reviewing your tasks, and refreshing your physical and digital surroundings, you can boost your efficiency and well-being. Remember that a clean and well-organized workspace is not only good for your productivity but also contributes to your overall job satisfaction and mental health. So, embrace the spirit of spring cleaning and make your workplace a more productive and enjoyable space.


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Kondo, M. C., Low, S. C., Henning, J., & Branas, C. C. (2013). The impact of green space on violent crime in urban environments: An evidence synthesis. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 10(9), 4175-4192.
Parker, S. K., & Wall, T. D. (1998). Job and work design: Organizing work to promote well-being and effectiveness. Sage Publications.
Wilmer, H. H., Sherman, L. E., & Chein, J. M. (2017). Smartphones and cognition: A review of research exploring the links between mobile technology habits and cognitive functioning. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 605.