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6 Tips for Spring Cleaning your Office Space

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 It’s the first day of Spring (hello tulips, ramps and Redhook Breweries Mudslinger Brown Ale) and that means it’s also Spring Cleaning Time!  For many of us, the weekend will be filled with decluttering, dusting and dumping in our homes, but don’t forget about the other space you spend so much of your time in, your office.  It doesn’t take a research company to prove that there is a direct correlation between productivity and clutter. Although the National Association of Professional Organizations has done just that and determined that paper clutter is the number one problem in offices today.  Studies suggest that the average person wastes over four hours per week just searching for papers.  How could this not add to the stress level of your workplace?

So whether you’re working from your home office or in a cubicle, here are’s top 6 tips for creating a more productive, clean, and organized workspace.


  1. Sort and File. Divide your workspace into specific zones and create a filing system.  Choose a system that works for you, whether it’s metal stacking trays or baskets.  Be sure to pick a method that you will stick with.  A good rule of thumb for deciding what deserves the best real estate space on your desk it that the items you need often, pens, a notebook, B&E Event Resource Guide, should all be within an arms reach. 
  2. Declutter.  Get rid of old papers, magazines, and other unnecessary items that have been lying around your workspace.  This also includes taking those empty coffee cups and Diet Coke cans to the kitchen to wash or recycle.
  3. Sort through the Junk Drawer.  This gets it’s own number aside from the overall “Organize” because let’s face it, this is most likely the worst area of your office, and possibly, there’s more than just one.  Toss those dried ink pens, sort through the post-it notes and try implementing a system just for these drawers.  Drawer dividers give everything a place and make maintaining organization a snap.
  4. Organize your Desktop. Spring-cleaning your workspace isn’t just about the tangible items that are cluttering up your space.  Organize your desktop icons, documents and emails. Organize your inbox like you would your paper files using folders, flags, or other functions available through your operating system.
  5. Dust and Disinfect. Use a microfiber cloth and disinfecting cleaner to wipe down all of your hard surfaces, including desks, chairs, tables, and shelves. Don’t forget about the phone, keyboard, mouse, printer, fax machine, and computer screen.
  6. Pleasure vs. Business.  Many of us have the pleasure of telecommuting for work in today’s corporate world and it’s important to keep that home office free of distraction.  Have a designated space for work mail and research tools and encourage housemates or family members to respect your space and keep their items out of your area.

 Happy Spring-Office Cleaning! 

Have suggestions or tips for Spring Cleaning the Office or other advice and tips you'd like to see featured on the B&E Event Blog?  Let us know in the Comments!


Lunchbox Laboratory - Open House - Feb 26, 2015

Lunchbox Laboratory at South Lake Union is having an Open House on Feb 26th from 5-7pm to showcase their great event space....The Rumpus Room.  Join them for hosted appys and beverages! AND if you book the Rumpus Room for an event that day, you'll get $100 off!!

The Rumpus Room at Lunchbox Laboratory
Feb 26, 2015  5pm-7pm
1253 Thomas Street, Seattle
More info here


Valentine’s Day Office Etiquette

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and although you’ve got the kids classroom cards and your significant other covered, you have no idea what to do for your coworkers and/or clients. In fact, do you need to acknowledge them at all?

Valentine’s Day is no longer seen as an intimate day to celebrate with only your nearest and dearest.  In today’s digital world, we’re getting some cards on our newsfeed, #MyWorstValentine #LateNightHashtags tweets and sharing the love universally to our friends, family, clients, co-workers and followers. At its core, proper social etiquette seeks to strengthen relationships, make others feel valued, and create a comfortable trusting atmosphere so why not ask your clients and co-workers to Be Your Valentine?

Here are a few quick tips on how to make the most of Valentines Day with those people you chat with while refilling your coffee mug or exchange a dozen emails a day with: 

  • A box of candy can be opened and shared with many and the only office fight will be over who gets the chocolate covered cherry bonbon.
  • Wish your clients and social media followers a Happy Valentine’s Day either on those Facebook, Instagram, and email newsletters. Wouldn’t a snapshot of the baristas at your coffee stand holding a sign that say’s “We Love Our Clients A Latte” garner likes galore?!
  • Don’t give co-workers anything too personal (Not sure if something is too personal? Go with your gut, if you think it is, then yes, it is too personal.)  Valentine’s cupcakes for your whole team is always a safe and yummy bet.
  • Is there a better reason to have (another) party at the office? Look upon this day as the opportunity it is, and celebrate the accomplishments of a well-oiled team working together to create the best they can. It can be a great way to build closer friendships among co-workers
  • Who cares if your fellow co-workers aren’t passing out Valentine’s Day cards to each other - Everyone enjoys giving and getting a little something, no matter what day it is.
  • Don’t leave anyone out. You don’t want to look like your smozing the boss by only given her/him a card or gift. 
  • We’re living in a digital world and we’re digital girls but who doesn’t love a handwritten note? Taking the extra time not only makes you an etiquette superstar, it makes a lasting impression on the receiver. 
  • Don’t forget to say “thank you”.  It doesn’t matter if you choose not to partake in a Valentines exchange with something monetary; your gracious acknowledgement that someone else took the time to think of you beyond the ordinary goes a long way. (This might be a good chance to work on that handwritten note to say thanks however.)
  • Some companies have rules about accepting gifts so make sure it’s all right to send a gift before you invest time and money into them.
  • Go ahead and wear red/pink/white/sequins! A silk cupid tie is sure to bring smiles to others faces (because we really all need to take time to laugh at ourselves and tacky ties are a good start!).

 Happy Valentines Day!


Best Wishes and New Year's Resolutions!

B&E sends all of you our very best wishes for a Happy, Prosperous and Healthy New Year!!  Our resolution for the New Year is to do a better job blogging this year, so check back soon!!




Shelby Sewell of Foodz Catering on KCTS Cooks!! YUM!

Just got the following from Shelby Sewell of Foodz Catering —

To see more of Chef Shelby's creative global cuisine, tune into KCTS 9 Cooks this Saturday at 11:40 AM. This biannual program airs all day on November 8th and features a segment filmed in the kitchen at the Sanctuary at Admiral. Shelby made Thai Shrimp on Coconut Rice Cakes with Green Curry and served on Chinese Soup Spoons, and Smoked Salmon, Pickled Ginger and Wasabi on a Coconut Rice Cake.



Getting the most from attending B&E's Northwest Event Show

The Northwest Event Show, produced by Banquet & Event, is just a week away and we want to make sure you get the most for attending our trade show. 

Here are some tips for making your day with us as successful as possible:

  • Are you attending to find a new team-building company? Do you need to host VIP's from out of town? Need transportation options? Make a list of the services you are interested in learning more about by visiting the show. Don't shy away from including your own personal goals along with those of your company.
  • Wear business casual clothing and comfortable shoes.  
  • Bring plenty of business cards to pass out. 
  • Don't worry about a bag to carry all the fabulous swag and promotional material you'll receive during the day, as your complimentary B&E bag will be given to you upon registration. 
  • Stay hydrated.  Beverages are available at many booths and we never turn down a cold shot of sarsaparilla.
  • Avoid any confusion at registration by pre-registering. Save, print and bring your confirmation email with you to the show for entrance.
  • Make sure your name badge is visible.
  • Have a pen and notebook ready to take notes on exhibitors as needed
  • Enter that raffle! Take advantage of the show specials, discounts and sales that are being offered exclusively for NWES attendees.
  • Don't be afraid to introduce yourself to others. We're all in this industry to support one another to create unforgetable events.
  • Attend the seminars and workshops if you can. These educational presentations are short but informative and allow you a moment to rest your feet while getting even more information on the latest trends.

We look forward to seeing you Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 11am-5pm at the Washington State Convention Center for the 2014 Northwest Event Show!


You are invited to Oktoberfest on the Pass at Kiana Lodge

Kiana Lodge Corporate Meeting Planner Open House
Tuesday, October 14th, 2014, 4pm-7pm

Kiana Lodge is hosting a complimentary special open house for corporate meeting planners during their Oktoberfest on the Pass event, October 14th from 4-7pm.

Surrounded by six acres of lush gardens and lawns interspersed with fragrant cedars and majestic firs, tour the stunning gardens of the Lodge and enjoy the spectacular setting of this historic waterfront property, located on Agate Passage, separating Bainbridge Island from the North Kitsap Peninsula.

Find inspiration to reimagine your corporate meetings, employee events, retreats and more while enjoying your favorite German foods; including their Signature Salmon and free liquor tastings along with a stocked cash bar & tasty brews. 

Finish off the day with homemade ice cream and inspirational ideas from industry vendors on how to create a “can’t wait to go back next year” meeting.

Call (855) 656-8873 or email us at to RSVP by October 9rd.

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