Do you have a room in your house that ends up being the dumping ground for papers, pictures and more? That is what has become of my home office. It shares space with the playroom in the basement and over the past few months, it has been collecting more than its fair share of random items. I am a big believer in finding a home for everything so this area was a big stress.
|The scary “before” shot|
Now it’s time for week 4 of Project Simplify. It’s pick-your-own hot spot this week and I knew it was time to tackle the home office. Don’t miss the giveaway at the end of the post to help you get started organizing your home management projects!
I realized that it was time for the home office to share the burden of organizing both the grown-up’s stuff and also the kids’ craft stuff. It’s more fun to enjoy crafting time when you can put your hands on crayons and paper quickly.
|Vintage glass containers with chalkboard labels|
The clean out project came first. It took a few hours, including a few with my husband to do the all important task of weeding through our filing drawers. We were left with bags of papers to recycle, items to be donated, pictures to be added to albums (hundreds of them at that) and finally a clear work space to decide how to organize what was worth keeping close by. I suggest doing this first to make it easier to then decide what types of containers you may need, instead of buying containers first. I decided to use what I had and give them consistent labels to help create some cohesiveness.
The hutch is my favorite area as everything now has a home, and I can find my glue gun super fast! I used the Chalkboard Contact Paperthat I also used for my Pantry Project during week 2. My favorite craft punch is the Tag Punchbecause I can create tags from any paper I have on hand.
I wrote on the labels with Wet Erase Chalk Marker for large labels and then use a very skinny line silver marker for mini drawer labels. I like how the black and white labels looked so I tried to be consistent throughout the office area.
My working desk is now cleared off and I can give all three of my major projects their own space. I am using a Naked Binder for my blogging paperwork, including their binder dividers and pocket folders. These binders appealed to my eco-friendly self as they are made from 100% post consumer waste board. Absolutely no plastic. For my other two volunteer projects, I’m in the process of creating binders to keep the paperwork from getting scattered around.
I’m also starting to use the invite.L daily planner. It has grid lines and space for me to write to-do lists for the blog, farmers market, Parent Talk and just everyday home stuff. Now I don’t have multiple lists going and it’s helping me prioritize what I need to tackle first. Plus the cover is in French which always brings a smile to my face.
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I hope this organization series has inspired you to tackle some of your own hot spots. I think sharing organizing tips is relevant for Random Recycling as it can help you find items to repurpose, or save you from buying a new stapler when you really have two buried in a drawer. I have found Organized Simplicityhelpful in reminding me that less is more. The less stuff laying around, the faster it is to clean your house. There is also a sense of calm that exists when you walk into a room and don’t see a pile of to-do’s staring at you in the face. I hope you have enjoyed this series as much as I have, and your home has too.
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To see even more organization ideas: SimpleMom, TidyMom, BlueCricketDesign, Frugally Sustainable, Your Green Resource, and OrgJunkie
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Emily Roach is a culinary nutrition expert and works with clients to create a healthy lifestyle design. She loves teaching her kids how to cook, playing tennis and inspiring women to take control of their health. Emily does one-on-one consulting, cooking workshops and speaking engagements.