When you work from home, your spare time may be at a premium as you burn the midnight oil to meet deadlines and deliver products or services for your clients. This can mean that you don't have time to clean your home and home office — and that it's a good idea to hire a cleaning service for these jobs. Cleaning a home office can present some unique challenges, and it's good to prepare for the arrival of the cleaner in a variety of ways. Here are some steps that you should always take.
Close Down Any Programs You're Using
While your residential cleaner won't be cleaning your computer per se, he or she will want to dust around the keyboard and perhaps disinfect your mouse during cold or flu season. Additionally, the cleaner may also wish to shake out your keyboard to remove any food crumbs that can then be vacuumed up. You can prepare for these tasks by closing any programs that you have running. You don't want your cleaner's dusting rag to inadvertently delete something or send an email that you're not done composing — both of which are possible when someone is working around your keyboard and mouse and you have programs actively running.
Differentiate What Is Junk And What Is Not
Home offices can often get cluttered and appear disorganized to the outsider. Before your cleaner arrives, you should make sure that you differentiate what is junk and what isn't. For example, if you've balanced a folder of files across the top your garbage bin because you're short on desk space, you can't blame your cleaner for assuming that this file is garbage and discarding it. Similarly, if you have a couple receipts on your floor, the cleaner won't know that you're keeping them to file for tax purposes.
Deal With Any Sensitive Information
Depending on the nature of your business, you may have sensitive client files that you're responsible for keeping away from others. For example, if you run a therapy business out of your home, you might customarily have clients' personal files sitting on your desk before you file them. These files will reveal the names of the clients and, depending on the nature of your therapy, may also contain deeply personal notes. It's your professional obligation to secure these files where no one who enters your office can see them, such as in a locked filing cabinet. Contact a company like English Maids to learn more.