Friday, January 11, 2013

National Clean Off Your Desk Day

The following is an idea from my wife Beth Southworth, I invite you to follow her blog at:Frank Lee Family History Finding unusual days such as National Clean Off Your Desk Day are some of the most effective ways to motivate staff.  As we pull away from the holiday season, it is fun to celebrate for the pure joy of celebrating. 

January 14th is National Clean Off Your Desk Day.  Teachers could compete in a
contest vying for the cleanest/neatest desk.  Custodians could act as judges as
they clean classrooms after school that day.  You could include student desks,
too, and give awards for cleanest classroom. Possible awards include:  A life-size cut-out of Mr. Clean, a bucket of classroom cleaning supplies, cookies or donuts for the class.


  1. You might also consider some cute desk organizers, pen cups, desk calenders, post-it holders, monthly planners, or other items as prizes. Staples usually has a nice selection, and you can pick up clearance items throughout the year to stock up for 1/14. Even coffee mugs with the school's logo can be used in multiple ways - holding pens and pencils, binder clips, markers, or even for drinking coffee!

  2. A number of people in my office have a blast on Talk Like a Pirate Day on 9/19. We give each other pirate names, shout bad sea slang, and grunt at each other. If a certain administrator dressed as a pirate on that day, I bet it would boost morale greatly (and I would pay well for pictures).

  3. Becca,

    Thanks for the comments. My vision is to create a format to share ideas. The comment area is a great place to do this. I will try to remember to had Talk Like a Pirate Day next November.