Finally inspired to make remodeling an opportunity.
This week is all about moving the clutter of my life from three rooms and closets, into the rest of my house so it looks like it threw up on itself.
I decided to do it in fifteen minute spurts, taking little breaks (like this) in-between. We're getting the floors refinished, and instead of feeling overwhelmed, I've decided now is the time to finally get the worst of these rooms (my office) reorganized. While I'm flinging (like with like) things into boxes, the possibilities of putting back far less stuff into the same places is invigorating! I'm sending out the bookcase to be refinished, so when I finally fill it back up, only the books/magazines/office programs I use will be at hand. My goal is No Surface Clutter.
I decided to trash the things I don't want as I put them back into place instead of getting distracted while the rooms are being emptied. (Some things are an easy do-it-now fling, others I'll make choices on then.) I'm measuring drawers for a few organizing devices while I can see what's coming out of them, and setting up a much simpler filing system as I sift through what's truly important. I'm dumping books, papers, unused address labels, stationery, magazines and anything else I haven't used in too long. I have empty drawers!
I was dreading this job, but am finally seeing it as the impetus I needed to get the lead out on freeing up more time and possiblities for my life. You know I started out in this room being very organized, but as time goes along and things accumulate, it kept getting harder to stay with the orginal systems.
I can handle this (I keep repeating to myself) and am trying not to let the filing bog me down. I know I don't have to refine this today! The reason I'm trying to deal with this now is so I don't lose the important stuff amidst the boxes, but can put my hands on it right away. I have been in the process for the last week of setting up a colored hanging file system (red for action like mail/subscriptions, green for financial, yellow for health, etc. and regular dark green folders for long term filing.) All this is going into a rolling crate that I can store under my desk so it's handy and accessible. I'm writing on labels for the moment to speed the process along. My motto this week is ''Get It Done''.
Does anyone have any more good tips for me as far as paperwork or anything else for that matter?