Do you ever feel like you are drowning at your desk? There is paperwork everywhere, files are disorganized, everything is piling up and there's no more space for anything? A year ago, I remember looking around my craft room/office area and not even knowing where to start. I LOVE to craft and if there's a machine or a gadget, I had it. I'd saved all the scraps from every project for the next project, or for my girl scouts troop. Who knew when I would need it again. I'm a curriculum designer so I had samples of almost every project I'd ever designed. I had other materials I had collected as examples of things I wanted to design someday. I went to school FOREVER so I had all the work from my undergraduate, teaching credential and graduate degrees.
I loved being able to see the fruits of my labors. I also hated how full everything felt. It stressed me out. My office was full of odds and ends furniture. Nothing matched, there was ton of color (which I love) but it was chaotic. Every surface was full and yet, I didn't feel like the room represented who I thought I was on the inside. I'm a highly organized person. Everything had a place. The thing is, I didn't need it all. I wasn't using it. I was holding on to the idea of the stuff. I DIDN'T NEED IT.
I started out slowly. A bag at a time. Slowly letting go of supplies and materials. It was hard at first. Then I went through the school work, projects, piles of papers, etc. What I found was there were certain items that had value to me. The rest were expendible. I didn't miss them when they were gone. As I kept repeating the cleanout cycle each month or so, I'd find more things that I didn't really need.
The space slowly became more and more open. The clutter less and less. Surfaces weren't cluttered. I didn't need all of the storage containers, shelves and organizational items I had in the past. Cupboards were empty and I was ready to get rid of more and more. Now, there are still a few things I need to let go of, but overall, I love the space. The furniture reflects my personality and my workspaces have only the things I use regularly on them. Everything has a place and there is space.
I'm sharing this story because I know I'm not alone. My sister in law once texted me this meme. At the time, I was absolutely this person. I had so many supplies. There was NO time to use them all, nor did I really love them. I was addicted to the idea of using them and having them. When I let go of the idea that I might use them someday, it was easier to let go. The more I let go of, the lighter I felt.
Now, on a monthly basis, I do a clear out. I pick a space and clear it out. I pack it all into my minivan and drop it at a donation center. This week, I am challenging you to do this in your workspace. Here's a list to get started:
Party & craft supplies
Memorabilia/ photos you don’t need
Old notebooks/ school books that are no longer of use
Old magazines/ books you’ll never reread
Old mail, manuals, receipts & paperwork
Dried out pens, markers or broken pencils and crayons
Old business cards
Shredding that needs to be completed
Extra wires or cords that will not be reused
I can't wait to hear about your successes! Tell me what you achieved this week!
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