How to Get a Tidy Office in 15 Minutes

Think about this. You open the door to your office at 8am. You have a meeting scheduled for 8:30 am that you had completely forgotten about. You have to impress the client but your office is a mess. You have papers littered everywhere, a dusty table and you don’t have a cleaning service that can help you get rid of the mess.

You need to get your office together ready for the meeting and you need a couple of minutes also to prepare. So, how do you go about it?

In this blog, we will share some tips on how you can get your office together in just 15 minutes and spare yourself some time to go over your notes and keynotes for that crucial meeting.

What you will need

You can save time by going to the supply room and grabbing everything you need at once instead of making the back and forth trips every time you need something. Some of the things you will need include:

  • A box or bucket
  • A surface cleaner (preferably one with a pleasant scent)
  • Paper towels and cleaning cloths or wipes
  • Cleaning wipes that are computer-safe
  • Baking soda
  • A broom or vacuum
  • A mug or a pen holder to organize the pens and other small objects
  • Folders for the papers
  • Rubber bands or hair bands to organise computer cables


Now that you have everything you need, you need a clear plan of action that will allow you to do each job only once without a redo.

Start by picking up papers, clutter and large chunks of dirt. Start from the back of the office working your way towards the door. If you can’t make up your mind on whether to throw something or not, keep it in a safe location to have a closer look at it later.

Why not also read: 10 Tips to Increase Recycling in your office

Vacuum or sweep

Once you have all the papers and litter around the office in the box, it’s time to get sweeping if you opted for a broom or vacuum.

The idea behind vacuum or sweeping first before cleaning other surface is to avoid a redo that would take up precious minutes. Be thorough with the groundwork and make sure that carpet is spotless. If the carpet has unsightly stains or has a bad smell, sprinkle some baking powder and let it sit for a while before vacuuming it up. It will freshen up the room and conceal the stains until you can get them properly addressed.

Wipe down the surfaces

Now that the floor is free of clutter, it’s time to address the surfaces around the office. Pick a cloth and wet it with some water and a mild soap solution. Wring it, so you don’t have to keep wiping the surfaces over and over.

Start with high surfaces working your way down. Leave your office table for last because you need a bit more time on it.

When you get to the office table, start with the table and designate a place where you will wipe down pens and other small items. Make sure you organise everything as you wipe it. The last thing you want is to try to figure out after what goes where.

Wipe down the laptop or computer screen on the table and finally wipe the dust into a box. As you walk out to throw the dirt, tie down the cables and open the windows for ventilation.

And there you have it! How to clean up your office in under 15 minutes. Now you have some time to sit down and polish up for the meeting to make sure it’s not only your office that takes the day but your presentation as well.

To avoid the same rush in the future, it’s a good idea to have a cleaning company that can help you keep the office in tip-top condition at all times. Most companies have a flexible schedule and will let you choose how often you want them to come to clean up. That gives the ability to budget and pick a schedule that works for you and the office.

Here at CHOR we offer our affordable commercial cleaning services that are bespoke for your business, get in touch with our helpful team today for more information.

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