Good morning! I hope you are doing well and are still focused on getting organized!
Let's chat about office clutter. Home offices should provide space to peacefully and efficiently work, but clutter can stand in the way between you and that goal. Make your workspace work for you by organizing office clutter. It makes no difference whether you have a dedicated room or a simple corner. Below are a few ideas and photos to give you inspiration in your own space.
-Use filing cabinets well, labeling each file folder and using a system that works for you (color-coding different categories can be really helpful!).
-Use that vertical storage! This is one of my favorite tips for any space. An over-the-door shoe rack can effectively contain all of those small office necessities.
-Shred all documents that you don't need anymore.
-Incorporate at least one comfort item, such as a radio, a plant, favorite picture, or something to make you smile like an "easy" button.
This is a very important question to ask when organizing your spaces. It is hard to know where to put something if you don't know why you have it, or how you use it. When you begin to remove excess stuff and organize, make sure to find the function of each item before keeping it. Here are a few questions to ask when trying to determine if you truly need the item.
-Have I ever used this?
-When was the last time I used this?
-What is this item's purpose?
-Will I miss it if it is no longer here?
-Is there a different purpose for which I can use this?
-If I decide I need it in the future, can I replace it easily?
Finding the answers to these questions will make it simple to let things go, or to find the proper place for them if you have decided they have value in your life.
P.S. Anyone else think of Schoolhouse Rock when they read that first question?
"What gets measured, gets managed." - Peter Drucker
The quote for today comes from Peter Drucker, managment guru. I remember many crucial insights learned from him back in my college business courses. This idea of measurement is a crucial first step in getting organized. You have to know what you have, whether it is time or stuff, before you can decide what to let go of, better contain, or create a system for.
What will you measure today?
It is an amazingly helpful product that comes in a small package. Sugru is a moldable glue that turns into a flexible silicone rubber after 24 hours. We have used it to successfully repair a fraying electrical cord, and loose bike cable as seen in the photos here. It can also be used to create hooks, corral cords on a desk, and use wall space to keep belongings organized. Check out this video below for more inspiration in your kitchen!
What would you do with Sugru? I would love to hear about it in the comments!
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