National Clean Your Desk Day

National Clean Your Desk Day

So today is Clean Your Desk Day.  Really.  

Clean yours in 9 easy steps.

1.  Sort like items with like items.  Start with loose business cards, then move on to paper; office supplies; pens and writing utensils; food; personal items and decor; photos; miscellaneous and trash. 

2.  Toss anything that is definitely trash and move on to your paper pile.  

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Organizing vs. Decluttering

Organizing vs. Decluttering

If you're curious as to why this home organizer is always talking about decluttering, not organizing, it's because there are 2 ways to get organized:  Own less stuff or buy more shelving and bins.  

I'll let you decide which is more attractive.

It's just physics. There is only so much storage space in our home and only so much attention we can give to our stuff.  We all flow between numerous roles everyday:  Employee, employer, parent, child, sibling, friend.  All of those roles take energy and at the end of the day, there isn't much bandwidth left to deal with stuff. 

Stuff is organized if it has a specific home.  A place on the shelf, a spot in your drawer.  A place that it returns to after each and every use.  Everything else is clutter. 

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Taming Books - Sorting By Color

Taming Books - Sorting By Color

Now that you've sorted through each shelf and are left with the best of the best, let's figure out what to do with them.  You could just leave them as is, or we could add a bit of pizazz. 

One of my favorite ways to do this is grouping by color.  Pull all those puppies off the shelf, start with red and put them back up in color order.  I find red, orange, yellow, green, blue, white, black to be the prettiest way, but do whatever feels right to you.  The reverse of that works well too - see below.  Whatever moves you.

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