Week 9 of the Home Organizing Challenge! Can you believe it?! Only five more weeks to go. Getting through the middle of something that is long is usually the hardest part.
If you’ve fallen off track, it’s okay, regroup and get back in the saddle. Batch processing is extremely powerful so if you’ve missed a few weeks, combine a few of them and bust it out.
This week we are moving onto the Office. While this post will be focused on the Home Office, this also could apply to your work office space.
Here’s how you can get your office organized:
Clear entire desk and empty out each drawer. Put everything in one area, do not start storing anything yet. Stay focused during this step. It’ll be easy to get sidetracked because you’ll come across something you haven’t seen in awhile. The goal is to get everything in one pile.
Your desk and drawers should be completely clear. Take the time to clean your desk and drawers. This will be one of the few times nothing will be on the desk or in the drawers. It will also be one of the easiest times to clean it because you won’t have to move items around to get it clean.
Get a garbage bag. There will be quite a bit of stuff thrown out in this process. For whatever reason, the office desk tends to store the items that we don’t need or are broken. Having the garbage bag in the room will help keep the momentum going, if you get a garbage bag in the middle of it, it will slow you down because there’s a good chance a distraction will sidetrack you.
Start sorting items into piles by category:
- Office supplies (pens, markers, paper clips)
- Books & magazines
- Non-office items (any toys, kitchen items, etc.)
- Broken items (throw away immediately)
- Paper (right now only put the paper in a pile, don’t sort throw it yet, we’ll get to that next week)
Go back to the category piles and start eliminating what you don’t need. Start with the categories with the smallest piles and get rid of what you really don’t need. Anything that is broken automatically goes into the garbage. Pens, markers, or any highlighters that are slightly dried out, get rid of them. For books, that you no longer need, look to donate them to the local library or Goodwill if you feel bad about throwing them away. For Magazines, get rid of them. As a former magazine hoarder, you will not go through them again. Hang onto a few of your absolute favorites and get rid of the rest. If there are a few articles or pictures you really love, take a picture of them and load them to the notes on your smartphone, Evernote, or Trello.
Assembly & Organization
- You are going to start with the main focal point of the desk which is the computer. It should be at the center of the desk.
- Next, you’ll want to sit down at the desk while you work through the next few steps. This will help design a system that is going to work best for you.
- If you already have a utensil organizer put that where it’s easy for you to access. Chances are it will be either to the left or right of the computer. If you have kids, you might want to try to put it somewhere where they can’t reach it.
- Keep a notepad or post-it notes close to the utensils. There’s always that moment when you need to jot something down quickly.
- Dedicate a space for only your daily planner or notebook, keep it here at all times so you know where to find it. If you put it in your handbag when out running errands, make sure to put it back in the same spot so you always know where to find it.
- Use drawer organizers to organize any supplies that won’t be sitting on the desk. Make sure to use drawer liner to prevent the organizer from moving around when the drawers open and close.