2007-05-02

I got organized!

BEFORE




AFTER!
All clean, minus my laptop (my hubby was using it to play text twist when I took the photos :)


One of my main issues with my office area was that I needed it to have separate "areas" to keep my various tasks organized but not mixed. I took this wooden drawer unit off my desk, and put it underneath, and it now houses my church work.
These hanging "files" are where my hubby will put anything that is mine, instead of putting it on my desk. That way hopefully I can deal with it and put it where it belongs. These aren't huge, so it will keep me from letting too much pile up.


This drawer unit now houses the extra scrapbook supplies that aren't in the front closet. Since it's on wheels, I could even take it out to the living room if I needed to.
I moved these dividers from the shelf on the side of my desk onto my bookcase, where they are more contained and handy. Each one is for a different are (church, personal, household, support-raising) and I use plastic sleeves and envelopes to organize things within the divider.
I cleared off most of the decorative stuff, but purchased this bowl from Kelly so I could still keep my sand and rocks on my desk :)Other than the above bowl, I limited decorative/nick-knack stuff to the side shelf. I put away loads of nick-nack stuff, Unfortunately, my garbage also goes on the top of the shelf because it keeps the hound from getting into it. Beagles!
1. What was the hardest part of the challenge for you and were you able to overcome it?

I think the hardest part was to look at the "big picture" in terms of how to use my space (how to divide it into manageable but usable spaces)

2. Tell us what kind of changes/habits you have put into place in order for your area/room to maintain its new order?

I've changed my approach from trying to use everything I have to help me organize to only using what I really need. I put away containers I wasn't really using but had on/in my desk just because I had them. They are stored in an easily accessible drawer, so if I need a container for something, they are easy to get to. And as I said before, I cut WAAAAAAAY down on nick-nacks. I stored them in the closet so that I can rotate them if I want to (many of the things are gifts from kids etc.) but no longer feel like I have to display EVERYTHING.

3. What did you do with the "stuff" you were able to purge out of your newly organized space?

In addition to what I mentioned above, I spent a lot of time purging and putting things back where they belong. I now have a designated spot for more things (like my microphone headset and web-cam or all my computer installation discs etc.) I recycled, filed and plain just got rid of what I didn't need and knew I wouldn't need in the future.

4. What was the biggest lesson you learned from this experience?

I think the biggest thing I learned was that tackling a project like this was much easier to deal with in smaller chunks. I only "required" myself to work on it 20 minutes at at a time, but I usually ended up working longer, knowing I had my own permission to quit after 20 minutes. Of course my office area looked worse for quite awhile because I had stuff spread all over the floor etc. In previous fits of organization I would make a bigger mess, get frustrated and sick of it after a couple of hours and then end of throwing everything back the way it was or worse. By giving myself permission to leave the mess longer, it actually helped me be more clear about what I wanted.

5. Now that you have completed the PROCESS, do you think having and keeping your space organized will make a difference in your life?

I think I will end up using my space more. My husband shares the office with me, and he has complained that I have my laptop out in the living room instead of working at my desk (yes, he wants to keep an eye on me :) ) My current scrapbooking buddy is moving away this summer, so I will probably be doing more solo scrapping, and now my desk is wide open for me to do that. Plus I just like the way it looks much better!

7 comments:

Troy said...

I'm really proud of you, hon! You stuck with it and that wasn't easy...

T

jdoriot said...

Great! I love your polka dot organizers and the wooden drawers...very neat. And using the hanging fils as a place for your dh to place your stuff is a brilliant idea...I need to use that one! I also love your dowl with the sand and rocks...very pretty. I had to shake my head in agreement when you mentioned taking away storage that you didn't need or weren't using...I have gathered about 8 baskets/containers that were not being used! lol!!

Kara said...

Looks great! I love the polka dot organizers too :D

Rean Day said...

What a GREAT idea with the hanging folders. We need some of those at our house for mail. Paper has to be the hardest thing to organize. Well done! I like how you have designated areas for your many tasks.

Rean Day

Elizabeth said...

Wow Heather, I am inspired. When I have a desk again, I'm sure going to be looking to you for advice and support. Way to go, persevering one!!

Jana said...

Looks good! Congrats on your finished project.

Victoria said...

WOW im impressed.