Clean Off Your Desk Day 2018 is on Friday, January 12, 2018: Ants on my desk!!!-__-"?
Friday, January 12, 2018 is Clean Off Your Desk Day 2018. Goodbye Messy Desk - Today is National Clean Off Your Desk Day ... Clean Off Your Desk Day,
Clean Off The Office Day heralds the start of some serious cleaning. Do you want everything junk, old documents and mess in your desk? When the answer’s no, go ahead and take chance to perform a little tidying!
Is your desk made of wood? They love to crawl on wood/particle board. I don't know why, but when we get ants, they crawl on everything that's like particle board/wood material (book shelves/walls/desk/etc.). But, you need to take care of the ant problem, where they're coming from. Try spraying some insecticide barrier around your home, and outside the barrier of your home. And, buy some good ant bait (Terro, Enforcer) and put it near your desk and around the home where you've seen them, and they should be gone within a week. Good luck.
How can I keep my room clean for more than 2 days?
I just want to encourage you! You are still very young, and to be taking the initiative to search online for how you can keep yourself on task is admirable. I wish I had been so mature at your age.
I am just learning now how to keep an entire house clean! It would have been nice to have learned then with just one room = )
Here's what I did with my house:
I made a list of everything that I wanted to do each day (dishes, laundry, etc.) prioritized it by when it should be done, and in which order, and then I wrote each task on an index card. I keep the index cards in a kitchen drawer and each day I spread out my index cards and I flip them over as I accomplish each task. Some days I don't get to each one, and that's okay. But over all this system has kept the major messes at bay.
How might this apply to you? What should be done each day? Make your bed when you first wake up. Clean up any dirty clothes and put them in the hamper, or start a load of your own laundry. Put anything away that was taken out throughout the day... makeup, clothes, homework, books, movies, etc. If you eat a snack in your room, when you are finished bring the dishes straight to the sink or pop them in the dishwasher. Just remind yourself not to let anything pile up. At the end of the day before you go to bed, nothing should be "left for tomorrow".
Once I became comfortable with the daily things, I moved onto a weekly list. When I would wash my sheets, when I would vacuum my floors, etc. You could decide to strip your bed on a Monday or Saturday morning to change your sheets, then vacuum the floor and dust all the wood surfaces. That shouldn't take long because if you keep up on the daily things you shouldn't have to spend an hour "cleaning your room" before you can really clean your room.
Then once you get the weekly stuff down... you can move onto "project cleaning" or as I call it in my home "zone cleaning". I have broken up my home into 4 zones. Each zone has 4 sub-areas that need attention. I wrote each one on an index card. And then placed them in order of importance, each day moving from zone 1 to zone 2 etc. I do this for 4 days out of the week. So by the end of the month I have gone through each zone and accomplished each task.
For your room you could have different zones like... closet... under bed... top of desk... inside desk drawers... tv/entertainment area... etc. and once a week or as often as you want give attention to one zone at a time.
Another great tool is utilizing something I learned from flylady.net It's called the "27 fling boogie". You take a garbage bag, and you go around the room looking for garbage, counting each item you find, all the way up to 27. I'm not sure why 27. But you just keep counting until you find 27 things you can throw away. Honestly, after doing this in my own home every day for a week, I was searching high and low for garbage to throw out. It forced me to declutter drawers and boxes and piles of things hidden deep in my closets. It only takes a few minutes and honestly can be a lot of fun!
Another great flylady tool is dealing with your "hotspots" which are places that seem to attract lots of clutter. If you can commit as a part of your daily routine, to never let these hotspots get out of control... maybe you like to throw your dirty laundry in a certain corner of your room rather than putting it in a hamper... or maybe you have a desk that is covered in papers and books. Each day, take a couple minutes and clear off this surface, clear out that corner, empty out that drawer. Whatever it might be, don't settle and allow it to get out of hand. Because you and I both know that it is these areas that tend to grow and grow until they take over the whole room.
I think you'll do great! Happy cleaning!
Tips for an organized desk?
-Get rid of pens and pencils you don’t need. The less clutter you have, the closer you are to having an organized desk.
-Have a place for pocket stuff. Your keys, phone, PDA, wallet, bluetooth ear piece, etc. should have a home. My ideal setup is to keep them in a drawer with wires already run for charging the various items.
-If you use something every day, it should be closer than something you use only a few times each week. This helps you keep an organized desk because items are located closer to you based on the probability that you will use them so fewer items need to be moved around where they can become disorganized.
-Move electronics out of sight. Your cable modem, wireless router, firewall, battery backup, etc. shouldn’t be on your desk.
-Easy to access files. Put things you need close to your chair. The more effort it requires the more difficult it will be to stay organized.
-Cleaning supplies. Keeping an organized desk clean helps you maintain the organization. If you clean your desk with Windex and a paper towel, make sure you have some nearby. This will help encourage you to wipe down your work surface which will encourage you to clean it off more often. It is all about making things as easy for yourself as possible.
-Lighting. Make sure you have enough light on your desk. Maybe it is just me, but a bright work area is easier to keep clean than a dark one.
And the last, keep organizing as you go! Make a small effort toward organization may not seem like much, but if you do it everyday, it will keep things headed in the right direction for you.