Fall is here and it’s the perfect time of year to give your company breakroom a refresher.

The breakroom plays a vital role in corporate essentials. Recent studies have shown that people can accomplish more when they are diligent about giving themselves mental and physical breaks during their work day. Having a luxury cup of coffee and healthy snacks just a short walk from your working space is definitely an attractive perk.

So what exactly makes an ideal breakroom? This question has a multitude of different answers, but one thing that ties into them all is organization. Here are a few helpful tips to help you refresh and reorganize your break room:

1. Storage

Having an efficient storage system in place that utilizes every inch of space is key. When planning to reorganize your break room, take a moment to look around and analyze the size of the room as the storage solutions you can use will be dependent on that detail. If you do not have enough built in storage space, such as drawers or cabinets, a simple kitchen cart or racking system can do the trick.

2. Labels

Labels are an easy tool to help keep everything in their appropriate places and even identify whose food is whose in the refrigerator. You can also make labels for the supplies located inside the cabinets and drawers so that they are easily identified to everyone.

3. Directions

Creating laminated instruction cards for brewing equipment and waste receptacles are very informative and take away the guesswork from employees and guests.

4. Refrigerator Rules

It’s common to let time slip by and forget about left over meals in the fridge. You can solve the problem of expired food being left in the behind by setting a date for when the refrigerator will be cleaned. You can keep a calendar up in the break room which will show the scheduled cleaning dates and even send out an email reminder.

5. Cleaning Supplies

Since the breakroom is a communal space, be sure to keep common cleaning supplies accessible so it encourages employees to clean up after themselves. A clean breakroom is a happy breakroom for all.