|I plan on arranging the room differently as soon as inspiration|
hits. For now, I'm just happy to have the desk.
You may recall one of the things on my new year list was to purchase a desk in a final attempt to organize paper work. I did just that. The office space was empty because, to be honest, I was too cheap to buy a desk. I've gone along these past years (3.5) using small containers for the hanging files and all of the other items needed to run the economics of a home. Things never got where they belonged because I would forget which container they went in or the 'I'll do it later' mentality set in. In the past I would use the right church, wrong pew mentality. All this did was upset me when I had to search for a document. To keep my sanity I sprung for a desk. One with a drawer that is specific for hanging files. It's in the office along with a matching bookcase.
I don't know why I didn't do this years ago. I found that the space is so cozy that I'm going to purchase a love seat and TV for my down time. A couple of lamps and some cozy curtains and I'll be good to go.
I've set up the room to include the small stash of craft items I have as well as paperwork and office items. I'm using containers I have collected from around the house to house everything. Although I have placed the hanging files in the appropriate drawer, I have been going through each item and discarding what I don't need. As an example: I don't need every electric statement that comes in each month. The statement has a chart on my usage for a year so each month the usage can be compared. I do need all of my financial statements so 2015 was organized by month and placed in a bin designated for long term storage.
Also on the agenda is organizing the gift wrapping items. I purchased an organizer that holds even the long rolls of wrapping paper. I have all Christmas supplies in one and liked it so much I have another organizer coming in the mail for all occasion items. I also bought bins for the holiday decorations. The ones I used this year were kept and others were donated.
An additional area I have completed work on is health and beauty - cosmetics. I have more than I can use in two years so I thinned out my supply of creams that my daughters can have if they like. They are sample items from a large cosmetic company, but they are great for winter months. I use them on my hands at times even though they're made for the facial area.
The kitchen cupboards got a run through to be decluttered. I found a few items I don't use so they went out the door.
|The junk drawer - before|
|The junk drawer - after. I don't need 10 pens and pencils|
at my fingertips. The extra are going to the office to be stored.
If I don't use them in this coming year, They will leave the house.
Pantry (again) DONE!
Organizing is one of my favorite things to do. I get a sense of accomplishment from the activity. Do you enjoy organizing? What's on your agenda this month?
Addendum: I bought a famous maker cleaning pads for the hard woods that attach to the Swiffer handle. Imagine my surprise when my dog began to sneeze then not be able to breath. I put her out in the fresh air and re washed the floors with hot water and a rag. The dog responded to my efforts. I remember now why I began to make my own cleaning products.