I just wanted to let you know that I am making some changes to my blog behind the scenes, so it might act a little funny over the next couple of days. It should be back to normal in a jiffy! I couldn’t think of a really great “wonky” picture to put here, so you are getting a “Happy Fall” picture instead. 🙂
Every week I post about a clutter hot spot in my home. I’m currently working on my desk, including a box of paper clutter I filled up from the desk a few weeks ago.
I started again with that paper clutter box. I haven’t touched it since last week, of course. Except that one thing was added to the box. That’s not what’s supposed to happen!
I set the timer for 10 min. and went to work, with the same basic process that I used last week. I was moving a little slower today, so after 10 min. was done, I wanted to make more progress, so I set the timer for 5 more minutes. The recycle bag is not just from this week’s project. It includes papers from last week and some others from throughout the week.
I gave myself 15 minutes to deal with my little piles and work on the desk itself. I was so excited to get to work on the desk, that I forgot to take a before picture, but here’s how it looked after that 15 minutes, plus I went just a few minutes over.
My Take Action pile is there to the right of the computer, and some unopened mail is there on the left.
What I am learning:
- I need to make time for actually dealing with the Take Action pile. You know, maybe I should spend some time taking action.
- Blogging about my progress really motivates me!
- If I keep the same pace on that paper clutter box, I should have it emptied in 2-3 weeks. I hope I can pick up the pace a little more!
What motivates you to work on paper clutter?
A couple of weeks ago I invited my MOPS group over for a play date. Doing things like that is a stretch for me, mostly because my home is not usually ready to be seen by the outside world. But I love having people over. I love connecting with people and having good conversations.
And I think it’s important to connect with people in person, and not just through email or Facebook.
I also know that inviting people over motivates me to clean.
I focused on the main floor of our home, which includes our living room, kitchen, and powder room. I was just hoping that there would be no desire or need for the guests to explore further.
I took lots of before and after shots, so here we go:
Living Room After:
And if you are looking for a yummy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip muffin recipe, my friend Kristen over at The Fugal Girl can help you out!
The play date was fun!
- Starting early was important, and helped a lot! Of course, things weren’t perfect, and I acted like a crazy lady for the last hour before they arrived. I know if everything was maintained better, that would make it much easier…. we’re working on it… slowly… and that’s OK.
- I didn’t know where to start, so I just started by the front door. It worked.
- I tried to focus on having some cleared horizontal surfaces. I learned this from my sister, and Rachel over at Small Notebook wrote a nice post on the topic. Any cleared surface really helps!
- I want my home to be welcoming, not scary. I think I achieved that goal.
- I swept the floor while I was on the phone this week, without even thinking about it. Strange, but good!
- I’m thinking about an experiment where I make myself go to bed at 10:00 PM for an entire week no matter what and see how it impacts my productivity.
I’m linking up with Orgjunkie’s 52 Weeks of Organizing!
OK! I’m feeling good about things this week. I started to deal with that box of hidden paper clutter. The whole box was just too overwhelming and I knew I didn’t have time to do it all, so I set my handy-dandy timer (I use the one on my oven) for 10 minutes and I went to work.
I decided to just make some quick piles and not bother with boxes/bags/containers. Part-way through, I made those labels for the piles using envelopes from the recycle pile, to help me keep on track.
My piles included:
- To File
- Mr. RSS (That’s anything for my husband to deal with)
- Take Action
Next I dealt with each pile instead of leaving them there for days to get all mixed up again by a certain toddler. Why didn’t I think of this idea before?? (I forgot to set the timer for this part, but I’m estimating it only took me 5 min.)
- Recycle – into a recycle bag. Easy!
- To File – The pile was so small and not so overwhelming, so I actually filed everything right then and there. I’m not even kidding. Crazy.
- Mr. RSS – I put his pile on his desk for him. I’m sure he’ll be thrilled!
- To Take Action – Well, I moved that little pile to the desk, right next to the computer. Not much action on it yet.
But, wait! There’s more!
I set the timer for 10 min. to work on the desk. After that, I really wanted just a little more time, so I did 2 more minutes and then 1 more for the finishing touches. So, that’s 13 min.
What I am learning:
- Small chunks of time seem to work well for me.
- The timer helps me stay on task, work quickly, and have the end in sight.
- It was good for me not to set up boxes to sort papers because:
- That takes time, or I need to find my old boxes which are….somewhere….maybe in my room?
- I feel the need to keep the boxes to use again, or wait until they are full. Then I have boxes sitting around somewhere. Not good for me.
- In the case of a quick sort, the papers are not getting out of hand, and It helps me to deal with them more quickly.
How is your desk doing today?