Operation Office Overhaul: Tiny steps
On Saturday night it hit me that I let two weeks of school vacation go by without making a dent on the mess in my office. It would have been the perfect time to get everything cleaned out. On the other hand, I spent a lot of QT with my son doing things like polymer clay sculpture, visiting friends, and catching up on errands. It wasn’t like I was a couch potato for two weeks.
Anyway, this realization prodded me to do a little something toward Operation Office Overhaul this weekend. I didn’t take any photos, but on Sunday afternoon I:
- Cleaned up a pile of papers, books, and CDs in my doorway, and vacuumed the walkway into my office. Now when I enter my den, at least I see space.
- Got rid of a laundry basket full of beans (don’t ask) sitting underneath my desk.
- Emptied out the wastebaskets
This hour or so of straightening up made a difference. When I walk into my office, I actually see a bit of open space and it energizes me. Sorry, but I’m the type of person who relaxes around open space — clutter makes me feel anxious and stressed, and I do my best work when there’s not a lot of visual distraction. (Or aural. I can’t write with music playing, unless it’s Handel or Bach.)
My goal this week is to work on my office an hour a day, between 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. I want to clear out the shelves in my office by getting rid of books I don’t use and recycling magazines I won’t ever read. I also want to clip and scan the two years’ worth of clips I have piled up around the office.
How will you start sorting your office this week? Add your comments below. [db]
(ETA: Lest anyone think I was joking about the laundry basked filled with beans, I present photographic evidence below.)
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