I am pretty much starting from scratch in the form of home office organization - its pretty bad really but we are making great strides. First up in the battle is our little secretary desk that sits in our kitchen - it was a complete wreck and a place that I was pretty much avoiding due to over stuffing and clutter. Here it is in all of its glory...
First thing I had to do was just get everything out and then come up with a sorting system to get it all in order.
I used some extra storage bins I have to use as sorting stations for all the the paperwork, bills, etc that we had shoved in the desk. I also had a bag for trash (which there was a lot of).
I also sorted out all of the little knick knacky things and instead of waiting until later to worry about it I immediately began to put away everything that didn't belong in the desk to its rightful spot. This is so essential in getting organized...make it a no procrastinating zone while you are working.
Just so you can see that I did have a spot for everything - here ya go. The "keep" things are going back into the desk and everything else went to its correct location.
Ok, back to the paperwork. Since we don't really have a home office room or very much space I wanted to keep our filing system simple, easy and functional. Since this is all new territory for us, just getting something in place like this is huge - maybe it will develop into a great system down the road but I'm ok with this for now.
So I found these pretty files at Target and a pretty magazine file at Office Max and started there. After I had sorted through all of the paperwork I gave each paper pile a file folder and label - making sure to file away in date order - woohoo for organization! All of these file folders are filled with items that we might need easy access to and also will need to be quickly filed away.
Oh, I used some washi tape for the labels, a cute little trick that Jen from I heart Organizing shared on her blog. I love that it makes it pretty (i'm all about that) and the washi tape is easily removable so if you need to change out a file its easy to do.
Ok, so not the most exciting project, but a long overdue one. The feeling you get from de-cluttering and organizing really is so great - and the fact that you can make it pretty and fun is just an added bonus. This job was a little more time consuming than our junk drawer but well worth it - honestly it was one of those, I wish I had done this a long time ago things.
I have more organizing to do in our desk and office areas so I will share them soon! Happy Organizing!!
Have a wonderful weekend!!
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