Spring Cleaning – your contacts to shredding your papers!

Rocky Mountains, office view
View from my office on a cloudy day.

March has started off very mildly here in the West. The weather has been warm and the flowers are already starting to bloom. Proving that a new season is upon us. Spring. Spring is one of my favorite seasons. It’s a time of rebirth in so many ways.  It’s a great time to do some Spring Cleaning.

Many people use the start of the spring season to do the dreaded “Spring Cleaning”. This normally means cleaning out closets & cabinets, scrubbing blinds, baseboards, floors and cleaning up the outside areas so they are ready for the outdoor activities that are just around the corner. Most of the time, this is hard work and not all that enjoyable. I participate in the dreaded practice of “Spring Cleaning” too, but this year instead of the dreaded ritual, why not mix it up a bit?

I think Spring is a great time to get your personal house in order but it’s also a great time to get your business or work house in order too. When was the last time you updated your contacts and made sure the email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers and names (who in your network has gotten married or divorced and changed their names recently?) were all correct? No one loves updating their contacts, but if you just sit down and do it, it won’t take as long as you think.

Spring is also a great time to purge old files, clean out your desk drawers, dust and clean up your work areas (don’t forget the shelves and any work tables or credenza’s). If you don’t have a shredder, there are companies that will come to your office and pick up or shred your files onsite for a fee. Click here for info on local shredding companies. If it’s not relevant or needed information, get rid of it. Less paper is better these days.

Since Spring is a time of rebirth and flowers starting to bloom, I like to spruce up my work station and add a vase of flowers or a green flowering plant to my desk or filing cabinet. It makes me happy to work in a space that is neat, tidy and decorated with flowers and other inspirational things that bring a smile to my face as I’m working away. My view out my office window makes me very happy and when I’m working, I usually have my blinds open so when I look up from what I’m working on or just need a quick break, I can enjoy the view (see the photo at top of post – my office window view).

If you live in an area where the winter is harsh and you hunker down, Spring is a also a great time to reconnect with people that maybe you haven’t seen all winter personally and professionally. Make plans to get together with those people in your life that you haven’t seen since the Holidays.

If you are a small business owner, this is a great time to plan a March Madness Happy Hour or a St. Patty’s Day brunch or open house at your office or local pub. Connect with your clients and ask them to bring a friend along, you never know who may need your service or product again or introduce you to a new client.

I hope your Spring fills you with new fresh ideas that will translate into abundance for the rest of the year!

*Little Miss Idea is a personal blog written by Meg Does – Meg Does offers Marketing & Administrative Services to Small Business Owners, Real Estate Agents & Entrepreneurs.  For more information on how Meg Does can help you with your professional needs, please email Meg at LittleMissIdea@gmail.com or leave a comment.