In light of the Spring semester starting for me this week, I decided I should probably clean up my desk. It’s my main homework area, and I don’t function well in chaos.
Also, Jen from iHeart Organizing is doing a January challenge called “project paper.” She has some great tips on organizing all the paper that accumulates over time. I figured this would be a good step one for me before I tackle my file cabinet.
Here’s the unsightly before:
Gross, huh? That’s what it’s been like for the last month. Yuck!
I took everything off the desk, file cabinet (yes, there’s a file cabinet hiding in there!), the floor surrounding, and everything in the teal organizer (my “to file” stack) and moved everything out into the middle of the office. Then I sorted everything into two piles: Keep and Toss. I sifted through the Toss pile to make sure I got everything with our info on it to throw into the fire place for burning (unless I get a paper shredder in the near future), then I took everything else out to the garbage can. After that, I put the important things back in my teal “to file” organizer – I still haven’t cleaned out the file cabinet from last year’s stuff, but I will get to it soon! I put the books and backpacks away, filed the coupons, etc. I got it all cleaned up. Then I dusted…haha.
Here’s the after:
So much nicer, yes? Now I’ve got plenty of space to stash this semester’s stack of textbooks, notebooks, binders, etc. and lots of room to work on assignments & read my textbooks.
The project took me about 35 minutes. I even had time for a game of hide-and-seek with my kitty.
There she is!!!