National Clean Your Desk Day’s all about preparing your workspace for the new year and beginning things on the right note. The holiday falls on the second Monday in January. This year, it’s January 14. Remember, a messy desk is an invitation to chaos! A clean desk, on the other hand, helps you focus, be more productive, and generally makes you feel good about your workspace. And when we say clean we don’t just mean physical clutter. That’s correct, your computer desktop counts too. Drag those files into a nice, neat folder!
NATIONAL CLEAN YOUR DESK DAY – HISTORY
The first office chair race
Bad Koenig-Zell, Germany, was the first place to host the Office Chair Racing Championship. Around 70 people participated!
A grand Office Furniture Expo
The Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia was all about new office equipment and furniture. The exposition featured fancy rolltop desks and novel new filing systems.
The first commercial offices
The first commercial offices began to appear in industrial cities throughout the the northern U.S.
Desk has Latin origins
The Modern Latin word “desca” means “table to write on,” and this gave birth to the word “desk”.
NATIONAL CLEAN YOUR DESK DAY ACTIVITIES
1. Say goodbye to the junk
Throw. Shred. Recycle. Cleaning begins with getting rid of what you don’t need.
2. Organize, declutter, and destress
A cluttered desk creates anxiety. And that doesn’t help when you’re in the midst of a busy workday.
3. Make it an event
Involve your colleagues. Have a “cleanest desk” competition. Post pictures of your desk on social media.
5 STUNNING FACTS ABOUT OFFICES
1. The typewriter changed the desk
Once the typewriter was invented, the design of the desk evolved — because the rolltop design no longer worked.
2. Darwin put wheels on the chair
Charles Darwin revolutionized the office chair by adding wheels. This helped him get to his specimens quicker while in his study.
3. Clean that keyboard
There are 16 million microbes on a typical office keyboard. Yikes!
4. Everyone loses things
The average office employee spends six weeks per year looking for something.
5. How clean is your office?
Only 3 percent of offices clean their equipment regularly.
WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL CLEAN YOUR DESK DAY
A. It helps you organize and declutter
This day pushes you to clean and organize your workspace and make it more functional.
B. It makes you more productive
The serenity that comes with cleanliness helps you focus better and gets things done.