Organizing An Office And My Cleaning Mishap

Whether your office is in your home or in an office building you need to be organized to run that business efficiently. I know I’m not the only one that has spent countless hours trying to locate that one file or piece of paper that is critical in a lawsuit or a tax audit.

This week I was asked to help relocate an office. The business was going into a smaller offices. That not only meant getting rid of stuff but cleaning up for the next tenant.

Relocating an office is hectic. Just like when you move into a new home there are lots of things that must fall into place. Not only calls to electric, telephone, security company, vendors, customers, city, county, state, and federal agencies but you have to actually move and clean.

The move was going well. They say that many hands make light work and fortunately this company had several people helping. After two days of moving the place was almost empty. I was the last one to leave that night and the dirty floor caught my attention. I could not help myself, (obsessive compulsive) and thought I would give them a head start by cleaning that old floor.

bleachReading instructions has never been my strong suit. I grabbed the bottle of bleach and poured it in a little bucket with water and soap then poured over the floor in two areas that were heavily soiled. I got on my hands and knees and started to scrub. After a few minutes of scrubbing it was looking much better and I left it to dry.

About 30 minutes later I returned to the scene and realized something wasn’t right. The bleach was not as diluted as I thought it was.

Don’t panic, don’t panic, don’t panic.

So in a panic, I redid the whole floor, carefully measuring with less bleach and eventually it looked just barely OK. For sure clean, but a little mismatched. The fact that it was an old floor with character, worked in my favor.

Cleaning is easier when you have less stuff. Just make sure and read instructions!

One other thing. Don’t be tricked into thinking that bleach is always the answer. We need it and use it, just but be careful.



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