Week 1.

organizing the home officeFor two years I’ve been planning to get the office in order and I start the process and then business gets in the way and I never finish. Worse yet, in no time at all the mess is back. So today I analyzed the problem and I see that I always do a temporary fix so things look better right away but I never get to the part where I install a system to keep it that way. A few months ago I set up a plan then got too busy to implement it. So maybe I should start backwards, first visualize and plan.

So today I decided to make this a challenge. I challenge you to join me in decluttering and organizing the home office. I was going to make it a 10 day challenge but let’s get serious. That is overachiever talk and I don’t think it will ever happen. How about 8 weeks? We can do that. Right!

Week 1. Visualize.
Write a few sentences that describe how you want the room to look and feel. What specific challenges do you have in the space? Are there enough shelves, a file cabinet, storage? Is your chair comfortable? Get it all in there.

Now….work out a rough plan that you can refer to while we work each week. Sleep on it and write down things all week as you think of them. Don’t dig right in and make the mistake I kept making. Let’s take it step-by-step and get it all done in a way that will allow us to stay organized.

Facelift in 15: Set a timer for 15 minutes and clear off your desk. Don’t get caught up in it…just do it. Click these photos to see what I accomplished. Not perfect but not bad for 15 minutes.

See you next week. We will create a file system that will give everything a place.