January. 31 days. Chelle’s home office organized. Is it possible?
Join us on this 31 day organizing journey!! You can do anything for 31 days right? Or is that for 21 days? Just choose a space in your home to organize, follow our daily assignments and keep up to date (and inspired?) by reading our posts each day. That is if Chelle isn’t sleeping under shelf liner paper in the fetal position!
Starting 2014 with an organized office can only propel one to great heights, right? Follow the whole series here.
DAY 1 – THE ADVENTURE BEGINS
Our first day started with me totally forgetting that we were supposed to meet. We had just talked about it that morning but after shopping all afternoon with the kids and then sledding with 6 kids I was only thinking about thawing my frozen toes in front of the heater when Chelle texted me, “Are u coming?”
I was about to make homemade pizzas with the entire family plus 3 of my 9 year old’s friends but instead my daughter, Bridget, and I headed over to Chelle’s house in the freezing cold and had a bowl of chili and a frosted sugar cookie at her house first. Yum…
So, no matter how your first day goes or if you don’t even start on the first day (because it is New Year’s Day), I don’t want to hear any whining! I had to get out of my house, exhausted, starving with half frozen toes to organize at 9:00 at night! No whining!!
Then, it took for.ev.er for us to get started. Chelle had to take before pictures, get ink for her printer, print off our agenda so we knew what we were doing (my printer was “offline”) and clip up her hair with a hot roller clip from 1980. It pays to have a messy office, you might just find a hair clip right when you need it.
I just sat waiting patiently. I ended up checking my email, looking up an error message to find out why my printer won’t work, feeling my legs go numb because I was sitting outside the office door on the floor.
At least we had Bridget to help take pictures of us working.
We finally get started on our assignment for DAY 1. It is an easy assignment. Assess your space. I began by asking Chelle 5 simple questions.
DAY 1 – ASSIGNMENT: Assess Your Space
Ask yourself the following questions:
- How did your office get like this? (If you are doing a space other than your office just replace “office” with your space for the rest of these assignments) I had my office fairly neat and ready to work on a big digital family album project I was completing and getting the final touches done on my daughter’s Senior video for graduation party when…my computer crashed. Where was that brown paper bag when I needed it? Chaos ensued as I scrambled to recover pictures and video that I had on the computer and redo the projects for my daughter. That was May and it’s now January. My husband did get tired of stepping over the mess to get to the printer and piled things to the sides of the room one weekend when I was out of town. It has been too easy to close off the door and forget about the mess but I want my office back!
- What do you like about your office? Color of walls, big desk that Jimmy made, it’s my own space, it’s quiet and roomy
- What works in your space? What is organized? having a swivel chair on rollers so I can work at desk, table, and printer easily, large desk, location is private, I have a large file cabinet with files that is low and easy to access
- What is most frustrating? Disorganized? Aside from desk, don’t feel like I’m using space efficiently. I have a chest of drawers but I don’t use it very much, and I never know what’s in it. Shelves – not sure how to use built in space best – not using except to pile things up, the lighting isn’t equally distributed-the windows are in one corner of the office. Good natural light there but not on the other side of the room especially where the built in is
- What would be the perfect end result? Describe what that looks like? What does it feel like when you walk in? Neat. Pictures on walls that inspire me and make me happy, memorabilia displayed and on the walls. A designated area for business stuff – dry erase for planning, place that is quiet where I can focus without interruption. A comfortable chair in the corner that I can comfortably work on my laptop and think and write. Supplies easily accessible for other family members when they are using the printer which is the only one for the family. Personal and business projects separated and organized, photos put away safely.