Wednesday, March 20, 2013
organizing the office
From the desk to the junk drawer we typically save much more than we need. I unfortunately have 3 "catch all" areas for papers, mail, keys and anything else. This week I took the time to dump all these things out on a clean surface and see what was essential and what wasn't. Now I am looking for strategies to keep my mail, office supplies or keys in order. Here is my what I've learned so far:
1. Decide what belongs on your desk, in your junk drawer and on your counter. This will help you put things where they belong rather than dumping them wherever you walk in.
2. Learn to differentiate between important items and less essential items. From here take the extra time to decide what makes it into your space, what can wait and what needs to be immediately thrown out. For example junk mail never makes it into the house for us. It goes directly to the recycling bin so we don't have to make that extra trip later.
3. How do you want to divide paper, mail, bills? Try and keep bills out of the junk drawer and create a system to organize these items. Create categories like "needs immediate attention", "to be filed", and "to look at later". The trick is finding a consistent time to look through these piles.
4. Invest in ways to file the things you want to hold on to so you can close them away and let the room feel less cluttered.
5. Next time you bring things in the house figure out if you can handle it right away. For example, I have started to rsvp to shower or wedding invitations the minute I get the invitation. That way that invitation doesn't sit and weigh on me every time I look at it. It is amazing how good it feels to cross things of your list instead of letting them clutter your mind and home.
These are simple strategies but they have helped me so far! I hope I can maintain this spirit of simplicity throughout the year...