My Office: Time to Declutter and Reorganize
In Late in December, I sat down and starting planning for my New Years Resolutions and 2017 Goals. One of those top goals for this year was to declutter and reorganize my entire home. Now, let me first start by saying, I’ve never been like my Mother, who has been a “clean-freak” her entire life. I normally let things pile up until I can’t take it anymore. This results in a week-long cleaning process on my end. The good news is that my Mother lives with me and she helps to keep the house tidy daily so I can work on all my other responsibilities and projects. However, she’s visiting family in Michigan and I’m not sure when she’ll be back.
I created a regular cleaning list as well as a plan to declutter my whole house while she was gone. You see, although Mom is talented enough to keep all our belongings tidy and neat, she doesn’t realize that we have TOO MUCH STUFF! She spends her days here doing laundry, making beds, vacuuming and dusting when needed, and other “piddling” (as she calls it) duties around the house. When something is out-of-place, she would rather find a new home for it instead of thinking about the amount of “clutter” we have. Luckily for me that Mom has a good memory and can recall where everything is at.
So, decluttering the entire house before she comes back is my mission. We don’t need all this stuff and it’ll give her less to do when she returns. She is pushing 70 years old. I don’t want her to have to feel like all she is here for is cleaning the house. I want her to enjoy the rest of her years on this Earth, however long that may be.
I’ve already completed my office. Unfortunately, I forgot to take before pictures. However, I can give you some after pictures of the room shortly. Before I do that, I’d like to give you an idea of the differences between how things look when Mom is here, versus what they look like now. To show you what I mean, take a look at these two pictures below:
The left picture is how my Mom keeps my bedroom on a regular basis. The right picture is me without my mother’s help. So, can you understand the dilemma I’ve been faced with? A mission to make a total home makeover/declutter/reorganize before she returns!
This is my creative space – the place where most of my ideas are realized. So, it would seem that I would like to make this room tidy at all times. One thing I know, is although I hate to clean, I definitely cannot be productive in a place that isn’t clean. I don’t know how many hours I’ve wasted just sitting at the computer wondering where to start on my tasks when I can’t find anything I need to complete them. So, the office seemed like the best place to start for me.
Now, without any before pictures I need you to close your eyes and envision this “before” space with me. This room, which is a good 10 x 15 ft. space if not more, houses everything I need to do my four jobs (Avon, Treasurer for our American Legion Auxiliary Unit, Blogger, and On-line Instructor). Picture with me if you will, 2 – 4 drawer filing cabinets, 2 – 8 cubes Ikea shelves – filled with the bins ( to the max I might add), a six-foot table, a full-sized desk, a couple miscellaneous pieces (an ottoman and a small table) and ELEVEN plastic drawer organizer stand thingamabobs! I could barely breathe let alone find my chair on some days.
The Steps Taken
Well, to complete this task, I first took every last thing out of the room besides the two filing cabinets, the table, the desk and the actual Ikea shelves. I removed everything – all the plastic drawer things, all the cubes in the Ikea shelves, every piece of loose paper, pens, books, EVERYTHING.
Then, I went through each item – one by one – to determine if it was actually needed in this office. I can’t tell you how much stuff I got rid of, but I can tell you a full truckload went to the garbage, most of the plastic drawer things went to the garage for the garage sale and I have a ton of stuff in a spare room waiting for the garage sale as well.
I only brought back into this room the items I needed for productivity.
Here is the final result:
When we have to leave, we lock the docks in this room. So it’s only fitting that I keep their bed and toys in here. There were three sets of stacking organizer drawers where the dogs bed and toys are now. These organizers stacked all the way up to the white board. I can now walk up to the white board and use the thing now! I now also have a work space at the table that I can use in addition to my desk.
On the other side of the room I have my Ikea stands with their cubes. The labels on these bins identify the contents within. As you can see there are some empty bins there. I may remove them to add more pictures or something eventually. But I’m waiting until I get through the entire house to see if I need them for storage also.
Finally, this is my work space – my home away from home so to speak. I spend countless hours at this desk every day and need to have my supplies within easy reach. These two stacking plastic drawer thingamabobs are all that remain. Labels are on these drawers as well.
There you have it, the finished project. I also reduced a LOT of clutter from my bathroom and I am so in love with the results.
What room in your home do you need to declutter and reorganize the most? I’d love to hear your comments.