3 Quick Ways to Tune up Your Workspace

You know you’re supposed to declutter your desk and workspace. It’s going to boost your productivity. While you’re at it, here are three ideas to tune up your productivity:

Clean your keyboard

You shouldn’t be eating or drinking at your computer. But who has time for lunch? Here are 10 ideas for getting the dust and snack particles out from between the keys.

My favorite: Get a keyboard protector that covers the keys while you type.

Groom the mouse

Whether you have a mechanical or optical mouse, it can use some occasional gentle cleaning. There is a lot to clean on mechanical mice. The rollers can accumulate some tough gunk.

My favorite: I use the back of an Exacto knife blade to (gently) scrape it off.

Keep your wheels turning

I’m talking about the caster wheels on your chair. They pick up a lot of gunk down there. A simple collection of tools and rubbing alcohol can keep them rolling nicely.

My favorite: The rubbing alcohol – used sparingly – is a handy cleaner for all kinds of parts around the desktop.

What other little tune up tasks do you need to do to keep your workspace running like clockwork?

Carl Natale is a freelance blogger who writes about tips and advice for small businesses. He runs the site Expensiccino.com - a site about how top brands set their prices.


  1. Mike on the 17th September

    Cleaning the mousepad, and dusting my external LCD’s are way important to me too.

    Since the sides/thumb of my hand are always rubbing around on the mousepad, and dust on an LCD when looking at a black/dark design is really annoying.

  2. ronka on the 18th September

    Useful thanks !

  3. Bob Bessette on the 19th September

    Hi Carl,
    I am a freak when it comes to my workspace. I need it to be clean and organized. I regularly use the compressed air to get my keypad clean. There is nothing like it. I also use the sanitized napkins in the popup container to clean my keyboard and my phone as well as my desktop. It’s nice to know that there are other neat freaks like me out there.

    Bob Bessette

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