Home offices can turn into storage spaces for random stuff so easily! This can make them so hard to declutter. I love this story from one of you, sharing how working through the process, even in an overwhelming situation, works.
If you don’t know what process I’m talking about, you can check out my decluttering page for lots of links, or for a step by step guide to decluttering, check out my book: Decluttering at the Speed of Life.
I want to share an update. I cut the boxes in my home office in half mostly by getting rid of easy stuff and duh items and trash. Those first three steps have really helped me.
Now I am at the hard stuff with 15 boxes to sort.
I am finding the hardest step for me is containerizing this room. I have 2 book shelves, 2 desks and a reading chair in this room along with a closet with a filing cabinet and a shelving unit for office supplies.
I like to delay decision-making and having to put everything away as I come across it is teaching me a lot.
I have to declutter books and office supplies in the moment, and wow! So hard.
But I can’t add any more containers to this room or it will impede its function. So, containerizing is what I am doing and redoing and redoing. Again and again in this small room.
I just wanted to tell you that your system works for me. It is a lifesaver in fact. My secret hoard has always been papers and my office. And I am actually getting through them. Even if all I do is toss trash and easy stuff at first it helps me keep going and keep going. And keep going.
Yes, you can share it. I don’t mind at all. I have read every organizing book out there but none of them spoke to me in such practical, concrete steps as yours! So, I want people to know how helpful it has been.
A Writer from Utah.