Las week we launched the 3 part post series dedicated to office organization. If you missed that post, you can catch it here. I decided to break up this month’s challenge in 3, because of the amount of work many of us need to get done in this area.
Today we’ll tackle hacks 4 to 6.
4. Give space clearing a try.
The term “space clearing” is often related to Feng Shui.
The idea is that cluttered spaces, affect how you see and feel, and how they eventually end up cluttering your thinking.
I’m a firm believer of this concept.
When my sister and I were kids, our mom would come home from work and immediately complain she was allergic reaction to our mess. What she meant was that the toys, clothes, books, dishes, everything we had managed to scatter all over the tiny 600sq ft studio apartment, literally gave her anxiety, coupled with a headache.
As a kid, this was a strange concept, however the older I got, the more I could relate to mom’s allergy. Like mom, cluttered surfaces and spaces, give me anxiety, and I’m completely unable to work, think or even function. My sister on the other hand, is completely unaffected.
Your reaction to cluttered surfaces and spaces may not be as extreme as mine and my mother’s, however studies show that you are more likely to get things done, and complete more tasks if you are not distracted by things that don’t belong.
Using the same concept as before, assign one specific place (basket, box, etc.) in your home office where nearly all things will be gathered, and eventually sorted out to the areas in which they belong. Even if you don’t get to the gathering spot right away, getting used to keeping the rest of the areas clutter free, will help you get motivated.
Next, decide on a specific day of the week, or even time of day when you’ll take just a few minutes at a time to sort though everything that has gathered. Sorting is always the key when it comes to organization.
5. Forget the pretty matching desk accessories.
I have a thing for office supplies. They make me happy in the same way candy makes a kid happy.
In the midst of my excitement in the office supply aisle at any store I tend to look and want to buy all the pretty things. Years ago I went through this silver stage, and I spent a ridiculous amount on all things silver for my home office. There was a desktop pad, and a mouse pad, pretty paper sorters that were not functional. Pencil and paper clip holders that cluttered my workspace. A tiny trash can that held roughly 4 sheets of crumpled-up paper, but brought the room together… you get the idea.
The rule of thumb when you’re diligently working on keeping your home organized and simplifying your life, is to only purchase things that are functional. Don’t sacrifice space for the sake making things look pretty. There is always a way to work with what you have, save money, and keep your home organized.
Remember, you don’t have to buy all the things, just because they match.
6. Find creative ways to use what you have and dual purpose everything.
I am currently in the process of moving to a considerably smaller space. We’re talking about a nearly 2,000 sq ft difference. The move is temporary, however some real changes need to take place in our lives fast!
This move means we will not have a dedicated office space or school room, and finding multiple purposes for everything we do keep has become a priority. One of the things we will be keeping and likely buying more of, are these shoe cabinets.
We used them as school supply storage in our school room. They’re only 8’5″ inches deep so they don’t take up very much space, but they hold a great deal of stuff. Another absolute favorite, are magazine holders. They come in all colors and material so they will fit nearly every decor, they are inexpensive, and you can sort and store all sorts of things in these.
We’ll finish up this 3 part series with hacks 7 through 10 next week. In the meantime check out part 1 if you haven’t already and be sure to enter this month’s giveaway.
You can find previous challenges and posts on this series on the Organized 365 landing page.
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