(This post was written for SUZANNE, who requested on Facebook some advise on creating an organized and inviting office space) Here ya go, Suzanne!
You want a tip? Here’s a tip.
STOP MAKING EXCUSES. AND START GETTING ORGANIZED. (…Ouch)
I get it. We don’t have time. We’re all incredibly busy and extremely over booked, BUT If we truly realized how much precious time is wasted because of our clutter and lack or organization, we would stop what we’re doing and make the time to re-organize. Getting organized and creating a work space that is productive doesn’t have to take days. And I’m speaking at myself, I’m right there with ya.
And with that I’ll get right into the real reason you clicked on this post.
1.DE-CLUTTER. Or Purge. (So I should have prefaced this post saying- “Warning, this post is not for HOARDERS”) To me, there’s nothing more euphoric than purging a crowded space. My husband finally figured out this is actually my “love language”.
For your office, this may look like temporarily taking your chair, trash can, and other large items out in the hallway.
From there, it would be a good idea to also remove other miscellaneous boxes/bags and anything on the floor except your desk. (If this office organization is less of an overhaul, you may only need to remove the obvious stuff.)
2. CLEAR YOUR DESK. Or your “Zone”. This means literally take everything OFF of your desk. Don’t worry about organizing it as you take it down, but rather removing the object. Once this is done, you’ll see the residue and coffee mug stains that need to be cleaned and wiped down. Ah, now doesn’t that feel GOOD?
3. FIND A LABELING SYSTEM. Since we are trying to make this time quick and efficient, for now a labeling system can be as simple as masking tape and a sharpie. (In the meantime, the OCD personality in you might enjoy ordering this label maker on Amazon!) A labeling system is essential so that your new office actually remains uncluttered. Every bin, tupperware and piece of paper needs a name and a place.
4. TAKE AWAY WHAT DOESN’T BELONG. If you have storage boxes, find them. Look at your office area. If you haven’t touched an item in over a year, chances are you won’t need them next year either. (Grab your sharpie and masking tape) Take your items and put them in freshly labeled boxes “to be filed”, “saved”, “desk” and “donated” or just…dare I say, throw it away. Clear the clutter! Remember, you’ll be returning these items back to where they came from, but for now, set it in the hallway or in a box so that you can focus on what’s most important.
5. CLEAN, RELABEL AND CLEAR . Grab that vacuum or broom and give it a quick clean. Open drawers and clear what’s inside them, put them in your boxes labeled “desk”. Wipe drawers clean. Simple. Done.
6. CREATE TRAYS (or FOLDERS). Label 3 trays, if you choose, “INBOX”, “OUTBOX”, AND “TO BE DISCUSSED” box. (If you do not have a tray, for now you can use a storage box lid, and in the meantime order these!) Also, if you feel it necessary for your family, it might be a good idea to label a tray or folder. “WOR” for Waiting On Response. (I actually went to Ikea and go this system and I love it.)
7. CREATE FOLDERS and label them, “To Read”, “To File”, and “To Act On”. Get creative! (Actually use all those pins you’ve been pinning!) These folders should remain standing on your desk for you to be able to quickly access at any time. And although the contents of these folders are hidden, you know that they’re there when you’re ready to access them…like weekly might be a good idea.
AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST…
8. MAKE .IT. HOME. Once you take a few minutes to put papers and mail where they belong, take a minute to step back and envision your space as welcoming and homey. You want your office to be a place where you enjoy sitting down to “work”. This means creating an environment thats not only comfortable but is clutter free. Bring objects back into the room only if they have a good fit for your vision. Think task lighting, think thick rug, or inspirational wall art, or pictures of your cats. (Lets not get carried away though) Don’t be afraid to use that chair or that old end table in another room or set aside for a yard sale next summer.
(OH HEY! If you want some more inspiring clean office photos, check out my PINTEREST page!)
THANKS for reading, ya’ll rock.
CHRISTY the COLORISTA
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