Guess what? I finished cleaning my desk a week before I expected to!
I was on a roll this weekend and COULD NOT BE STOPPED. Thanks to an understanding husband, I was able to work over 8 hours this weekend on my hot mess of a desk. Dang, it feels good.
All of my dolls are organized and my shelves are sparkling clean!
They serve a purpose again! They’re not catchalls for things Cooper shouldn’t get into anymore.
I hung up the word SIMPLIFY on the shelf as a constant reminder of my goal.
Remember that pile of garbage on the right? GONE! My scanner is put away (I don’t use it that often) and my broken-beyond- repair printer that I loaded things on top of is ready to be e-cycled.
On top of my cabinet, I have a little section for papers & pens now. I recovered the pen container that Cooper drew all over with a new piece of paper. It made me feel good that it has a “fresh start.” All of my notepads, stickies & post-its are within arms reach now and there’s also a dedicated section for where I charge my cellphone and I’m super happy about that.
Let’s take a look at the insides of the cabinet. They’re dramatic!
Here’s DRAWER 1:
And what’s inside of it? OFFICE SUPPLIES. I know where everything is now. Post-its, paperclips, paper, stapler, YOU NAME IT. Let’s see if I can fend off the grubby hands of a super curious 3 year old boy… He’s already gotten into this drawer twice!
Here’s DRAWER 2:
Nail polish in tupperware, batteries, important cables, blank cds & dvds live in this drawer.
Here’s DRAWER 3:
Cooper’s drawer! Filled with art supplies and activities for us to work on in the future.
So how did I get to this point? A LOT OF WORK.
This is how I “organized” myself:
I tackled one thing at a time.
I went through every little part of my office and sorted things into piles:
-THINGS THAT DON’T BELONG IN HERE
-TO FIND A PLACE FOR
-PENS/PENCILS & ART SUPPLIES
-JEWELRY THAT NEEDS TO BE PUT AWAY
-COOKBOOKS TO RETURN TO THE BOOKSHELF
-TO ASK MY HUSBAND ABOUT(everything went in a box for him to look through)
During my sorting I looked at the One Bite at a Time e-book I downloaded from Simple Mom and was relieved when I saw this quote. It was exactly what I needed while I was looking through piles of buttons, pens, papers and office supplies.
While I was taking a break after hour 5 of working, I saw this:
Gretchen Rubin (writer of The Happiness Project) also kept me going with her tweet!
I was DEEP in mess by the afternoon.
One of the most OVERDUE chores was sorting through my pens. Many of them don’t work anymore because SOMEONE forgets to put the caps back on… It was good to reduce the stress of using pens that don’t work. This is a big deal, believe me.
Let me tell you…IT WASN’T pretty. Many times I wanted to just walk away and shut the door.
I almost thought about stopping and picking up another day but I powered through. I had to!
Now I have this clean desk and life is good! No clutter with a lot less paper.
I was even able to do a craft project (which I quickly cleaned up) on my desk today.
There you have it. The beauty of a clean desk. It makes such a difference, doesn’t it?