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5 Tips to Celebrate National Clean Your Desk Day

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Last Updated on 15 December, 2022

Christmas has been over for a while, and the holiday season is ending. But who is to say that the holidays must stop in December? Did you realize that this week is a significant holiday worth honoring? Yes, Jan. 9, 2023, is "National Clean Your Desk Day"

Therefore, this is your chance to start the New Year as you embark on a new phase of your life. Why not start fresh by cleaning your office desk? Because as we anticipate the new year, the possibilities might occasionally feel overwhelming.

So, now is your time to get organized. Whether you work from home, in an office, or are a sales representative. However, it might sound like a thankless task but remember what Einstein said. -

"If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, what, then, is an empty desk a sign?"

Some people view the mess as evidence of their creativity. However, that creativity signal also reduces productivity for many creatives. Many keep their desks organized to foster serenity and peace. National Clean Your Desk Day is perfect for organizing your workspace for the coming year.

History of National Clean your Desk Day

We looked everywhere to find the person who started this day. It appears they were too preoccupied with cleaning to take credit for them.

It is uncertain how National Clean Your Desk Day was started. This holiday, observed on the second Monday in January, is probably the result of cluttered desktops during and after the Christmas season and New Year.

Nonetheless, it was a great idea to celebrate this as a national day. We cannot deny the benefits and positivity of this day.

For you to feel reenergized and motivated in the new year, we give our best advice for organizing your desk. Let's look at a few ways to celebrate National Clean Your Desk Day in your workspace.

Statistics Regarding Desk Hygiene

  • Up to 7,500 bacteria can be found on a workplace keyboard.

  • A workstation has 400
    times more germs than a toilet seat.

  • According to research, tidy, ordered workspaces encourage happier employees.

  • Those who work at clean desks can stay focused for an additional 7.5 minutes.

  • The average employee misses 9 days due to illness each year, which may be related to poor workplace hygiene.

  • A tidy desk boosts output and perseverance by 84%.


There are several benefits to keeping your workspace neat and orderly. Not the least: you will find things much more quickly, and, quite frankly, the aesthetics are much better!

It's a chance to clean your frequently disregarded surfaces and dust them. Additionally, it aids in getting you more organized to begin the year. Also, practicing proper desk hygiene measures for better employee health.

It's simple to become so preoccupied with your work that you neglect to arrange your functional workspace to maximize efficiency. In addition to giving you more room, a clean, organized desk may make it simpler for you to concentrate, bringing a sense of serenity and clarity.
Let's have a look at a few more benefits -

1. Better First Impression


Building strong relationships with clients who visit your company depends on making a great first impression. Messy and cluttered designs can make a bad first impression on clients by making the company appear unorganized.

2. Increased Productivity

Your desk will be considerably less distracting without all the extra sticky notes, office supplies, and stacks of documents lying around, allowing you to concentrate on the task at hand.

Maintaining a clean and organized workspace allows you to access important documents easily and quickly. Thus, giving you more time to concentrate on your work during the day.

3. Reduces Tension and Stress

Maintaining a clean desk can considerably lower workplace stress. A crowded desk can distract you and make it harder to concentrate on work, increasing your tension throughout the day.

4. Increase Happiness


A tidy desk is very important. There are no distractions, and your thoughts are clear and content. The process is easy to follow.

5. Reducing Absenteeism

A dirty workspace is detrimental to an employee's health. There are germs and viruses everywhere. Employees' health will deteriorate, and they will get sick more frequently if the workplace is not cleaned properly.

You can avoid getting sick frequently by keeping a bottle of hand sanitizer at your desk, thus reducing absenteeism.

Must Read: 7 Ways Clean Workspace Can Boost Employee Health and Performance

Fun Facts about National Clean off Your Desk Day

  • Full-size metal file cabinets with four drawers have a storage capacity of 18,000 documents.

  • An average desk worker spends about six weeks of the year looking for things.

The word "desk" is derived from the Modern Latin word "desca," which means "table to write on."

Ways to Celebrate It at Work

Do you have a cluttered desk? Do you have too much stuff that you don't even need? On National Clean Your Desk Day, you should put in some extra effort to declutter your office and make it a cleaner, tidier place.

It is a day to rejoice with others, so don't hesitate to involve your coworkers and make the event enjoyable. Even though organizing may seem like a very boring task, if everyone is on board, there's no reason why you can't add some fun and excitement while you're at it.

Everyone who works from home has the chance to organize their workspace and implement fresh ideas to increase productivity.

1. Assemble and Assess

Gather all the documents on your work desk and analyze their purpose. Consider the documents that may still be used and throw the others away. Organize all the documents according to their requirement.


Think about the items you frequently use at your desk. Make a list of stationery supplies you need to order.

2. Get Rid of Unused Supplies

Whatever method you choose, get rid of outdated paperwork, dried-out pens, trash, or unwanted stuff. The same is true for your laptops and computers. It's time to get rid of those outdated screenshots and organize your cluttered desktop.

Additionally, this is the ideal time to switch to digital. Important documents can be quickly scanned and stored securely on a disc.

Find non-profit organizations that could use spare materials like pens, unused notebooks, and accumulated envelopes. You can donate all the items that are of no use to you.

3. Rearrange Your Drawers

Utilize a drawer organizer to organize your drawers. When it happens, you won't have to constantly put your coffee cup above the stack of papers next to your computer.

Allocate a drawer for your distractible, such as your cell phone, stress balls, and the daily tear-off calendar with the comic you keep looking at.

4. Clean and Sterilize

Turn off your computer, then carefully wipe off the keyboard, exterior, and screen with a microfiber cloth and a cleaner made especially for electronics. To clean the spaces between the keys, use a fresh, dry toothbrush or a can of compressed air (tilt the keyboard first so that the debris falls out).

Remember to clean your mouse (and, if your mousepad is worn out, replace it). If you keep a landline phone on your desk, give the earpiece and mouthpiece a thorough cleaning.

5. Organize Your Computer


Photo by Gabriel Beaudry

Do not neglect to wipe your computer as well. And we're not just talking about cleaning it externally. We're referring to going through the zillion folders containing files you haven't touched in a long time.

Organize the mess on your computer. It will free up valuable storage space on your smartphone and make it easier to locate items when needed, saving you time from having to look around.

Tip: Don't forget to post before and after pictures on Social Media with the hashtag #nationalcleanyourdeskday.

To Sum it Up

You can celebrate National Clean Your Desk Day at any time of the year, regardless of your private or shared office cubicle. It will enhance you and your colleague's productivity.

After organizing and cleaning your desk, maintain it throughout the year by taking around five minutes at the end of each week to store clutter and clean visible surfaces. By doing this, you'll look tidy, arranged, and professional at the beginning of the week.

This article is written by Daina Barman who is a content writer and marketer at Vantage Circle. Besides being an epicure trying to cook every dish possible, she likes to dance her way around everything. To get in touch, reach out to

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