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?
Starting 2014 with an organized office can only propel one to great heights.
Day 3 – Assignment: Analyze Your Clutter
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You may be repeatedly frustrated by an area that seems to constantly attract clutter. This exercise will reveal to you why clutter is building up there. It may reveal your need to be more diligent at making decisions. Perhaps you need to create some homes for items that are homeless or maybe you need to add a hook for your keys. Maybe you’re too busy and haven’t devoted enough time for cleanup. Dissecting your clutter could lead you to a new cure for the clutter areas that are a pain in the . . . neck.
To analyze your clutter begin by choosing one clutter zone, one area that tends to attract clutter. Pick up one thing piled in the clutter. Ask yourself, “Why is this here?” It works best if you write the item down and the reason why it is there. Keep picking up random items in your clutter and continue. You may begin to see a pattern. Read below to see what Chelle discovered.
Let me start Day 3 by addressing the fact that Tracy and I are looking extremely hot in the batch of pictures taken for the first few posts. We were going for the, “Christmas break, no makeup, sweatshirt, semi-clean hair” look. As Tracy mentioned in a previous post, we have worked some of our 20 minute sessions back to back in December. It would have been too difficult for us to get photos, work on the office and get posts together for the first week of January. Those pics show real life for us that night during the holidays. I’m sure there were remnants of queso and powdered sugar somewhere on my clothes.
Analyzing my clutter
I guess there’s nothing more exciting to me than analyzing clutter but this is what Tracy says our next step requires. Will it reveal some deep and dark longing that was never met during my childhood? More likely it will reveal the fact that I haven’t taken time to designate homes for lots of items in my office. Bummer, I would really like to blame this office mess on someone else.
Alright. I’m ready. Start a list of items I have in my office and why. Hmmmm. This process would be a lot simpler if there weren’t so many boxes of photos all over the place. Oh, ya photos…in boxes, in albums, random piles. I do a lot video and other projects that involve photos. This list starts with photos.
- photos, photo albums and random photos
- office supplies, pens, pencils
- brown paper bag (which came in handy to avoid hyperventilating) Remember, I’m the one who doesn’t really like the whole organizing process?
- my daughter’s school work from her senior year end of year project
- memorabilia including my kids artwork, my 40th bday volleyball, and the Oscar guy (all of which make me happy)
- A pile of old t-shirts for a sentimental t-shirt quilt to have made. Other random items have apparently made it to the pile. Memories of mission trips, high school choir and volleyball teams stitched together along side a bath towel, bed sheets and a pair of socks. What a treasure.
- containers from my son’s bedroom
- a squashed flat cereal bar
- a clip for my hot rollers which I used to pull up my hair which contributed to my hot look, also a headband
- some willow sticks for decorating (and for stabbing Tracy for not wanting to spend time talking about all my fascinating memorabilia)
- other decorating items
- my black baseball cap which I wear to keep the sun off my head or for organizing my office
- “I pooped today” button (doesn’t everyone have one in their office?)
Now on to the second part of the assignment, “why am I here?” I mean, “why is this stuff here?” In piles? All over. This is obvious when I take a look at it all. As I said in Day 2, my office began to get out of control seven months ago when my daughter was graduating from high school and my computer crashed.
My office got crazy fast as I rushed to put together projects I had to do again. My office soon became a dumping ground for things that had no home . My kids’ bedrooms are on the same level as my office. Items from their rooms were also put there. I ended up closing the door and keeping everyone out, except for use of the of our one and only computer printer.
So there you have the analysis of my clutter.
P.S. Tracy thought I should write each reason with the item above…forget that. I am good at summarizing and I see the trend. My reasons are obvious. I am a failure.