Monday, May 11, 2009

Declutter Fridays ~ Office

Yes, I said Friday and I am posting this on Monday... But I have decided that I am going to start posting the list every Friday for everyone else. It seems that most people have more time over the weekends. My husband has a rotating schedule... Very little consistency and the hardest part about his job so far. But Friday is just as good as any other day for me. :)

For this week, we are moving to the Office/Homeschool area! I feel like I already got a head start... but for me, this also means that I am packing up everything we don't use all the time, so I may need the weekdays to get it all done.

When I have a system that works for a particular area, I will share it here (and sometimes just to toot my own horn ;) )... But I am ALWAYS open to new ideas so if you guys have a great system that works for you for any of these areas in your home please send me links to pictures, or leave a comment with your genius in my comments section. You know how I love comments. :D

Things I try to remember when decluttering:

  • Be as brutal as I need to be.
  • Things that are broken and/or don't work should be tossed.
  • Make lists of things that are needed and be patient with filling those needs.
  • Don't declutter just to bring a bunch more in.
  • Try to be honest with the difference between needs and wants.
  • For at least a week, try to make do... sometimes I am amazed at what I find that will fill the void just by decluttering another space!

Office declutter challenge for the week of Friday May 8th - Friday May 15th (one for each day):

  1. School books and projects
  2. Art supplies (stored ones, too)
  3. Supplies (binders, paper, stored packing materials, etc)
  4. Finished work
  5. Desk
  6. bookcases
  7. Craft ideas

2 comments:

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

I don't know why this is, but for some reason our home office usually ends up being a dumping ground for things with no home. It drives me nuts! I was thinking of trying an adjustable shelving system on one full wall in there, to increase the storage space (which is part of the problem). Good luck with yours, and let us know how you do!

Chell said...

Oh this is a great one. I plan to tackle my office supplies ASAP. I have a feeling when I get everything out I will be amazed at the quantity, I am also going to force myself to test all the pens I have!!