My first tackle in getting organized was my home office. And, the best way to organize, is to pick an area and go with it. Don't try and organize a whole room you will get burned out and overwhelmed. The first area I choose is the desk.
When I tackle a desk or anything with drawers, I take everything out of them. This is the best way to clean out the clutter and put back just what you want to keep.
It's amazing the crap that accumulates in a drawer. Another thing I do is keep all "like" items together. My stapler, staple remover, and staples are all in one area. Believe me I learned this the hard way. Have you ever had to look in 20 different places for one thing and wonder why it wasn't with the rest of "it's group"?
Ummm, Yeahhh! I have...Can you say frustrating!!!
I also use a lot of containers especially in areas that have a lot of wasted space. If you have space, then utilize it. And, another thing I do is make labels. Especially for containers or drawers. Then I can see what's in them. So much easier, especially for those of us getting older and can't remember where are glasses are. Oh! they are on our head!! (Yep! I've done that)
I don't keep a lot of files anymore. Just important things like taxes, insurance, owner's manuals, etc. All my bills and banking stuff is paperless. And, I toss receipts once they clear unless it was something expensive and paid with cash. Look how I shrunk this file drawer down. I'd say I have more room for bloggy notes ;-)
The most used drawer in my desk....
I took everything out and measured the drawer for dividers. These file boxes fit perfect.
Oh the feeling of opening something up and being able to see everything.
Now that the desk was cleaned. I decided to hook up my new printer and clean the little space next to the desk. I knew it wouldn't take long and then I would be done with this whole side of the office.
If you don't know what to do with extra paper that won't fit in your printer. File holders are PERFECT.
Well, isn't that better.
I will blog about my desk accessories in another post. But, here's where I sit to hang with all my bloggy friends :-)
When you are organizing you need to set priorities.
- Set goals
- Establish balance in your life
- Don't be afraid to say "no"
- Remember that 80% of the time is spent doing 20% of the work
- Schedule tasks ~ Resist surfing the Internet or constantly checking e-mail, Facebook etc. I know believe me, easier said then done.
- Make to-do lists.
- Spend your time wisely
I will be tackling more of my office, and there may be a BIG announcement soon!!
Now it's time to get....
Have a CRAZY BEAUTIFUL week!