National Clean Off Your Desk Day

Well, wouldn’t you know it, I missed ‘National Clean Off Your Desk Day‘.

No, I’m not joking. It’s celebrated each year in North America, and it always falls on the second Monday in January. I imagine waste paper bins and shredders were overflowing and the cleaning sprays out in force in American offices on 9 January 2012.

This is a good time of year to focus on tidying up your workspace – an early bit of spring cleaning. Time to clear the cobwebs and the crumbs of sandwiches scoffed when you’ve been working through lunch.

Cleaning out your desk not only keeps the germs at bay, it makes you more efficient too. It seems Americans lose a working week each year, simply trying to lay their hands on the files and papers buried under the debris on their desks. Small businesses can scarcely afford the luxury of untidy desks!

National Clean Off Your Desk Day was the brainchild of Anne Chase Moeller, whose father published Chase’s ‘Calendar of Events’, a sort of almanac of important American dates. The story goes that she used to share his desk, which was incredibly cluttered, and in exasperation she decreed that he would clean up at least once a year. That was in 1982, and seeing as she was in publishing, she managed to get the day official status.

Wouldn’t it be a good idea to have a similar day here?

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