by Elaine Zeinner

Spring is finally on its way and with it comes a collective sigh of relief as we emerge from our months-long hibernation over the cold winter months. I’m based in the Midwest, where cold temperatures keep me and my brood indoors starting in November and through March – with a few (much-needed!) breaks here and there.

The warmer temps are the perfect opportunity to head outdoors for fresh air and take stock of the things you collected over the winter. That’s right – it’s time for a little spring cleaning.

While cleaning may not be at the top of everyone’s to do list, there’s something about starting the season fresh and little less encumbered by piles of paper and office supplies.

Boost your productivity with a little spring cleaning in your workspace!

1. Open some windows and get to work.

Fresh air can do wonders for the body and mind. Load up on allergy medicine, open those windows and take stock of what needs to be done in your workspace.

Create a to-do list to help keep you on track of what you want to get done, including when you’ll do it. Make a schedule that works best for you – set aside a few hours over a week or two or knock out your entire list in one day.

2. Address virtual mess.

An overflowing inbox can make it difficult to find important project details and easy to miss new messages. Spend some time over a week to clean out your inbox. Delete emails you’ve already addressed and create digital files for emails you may need to reference. An uncluttered inbox can help keep you focused, productive and even joyful.

3. Get organized.

Take stock of your office supplies and make sure you have all the pens, papers and notepads you need within arms’ reach. Go through drawers and toss dried-out pens, markers without caps and old supplies that no longer work. Head to the office supply store or scour online shops for fun (and functional) drawer organizers, trays or pen holders.

4. Get moving.

Now that the sun is out and temperatures are creeping up there’s no excuse not to head outside for a quick walk. Studies have shown that mid-day breaks that get the body moving also keep the mind focused. You’ll have more energy and attention to tackle the rest of your to-do list – without the caffeine crash of another cup of coffee.

There’s no wrong way to tackle your office spring cleaning list. Tell us, how you welcome the sun and warmer temps?