30-Day Organize-athon | Day 15: Declutter Your Home Office

30-Day Organize-athon 15

Welcome to the 30-Day Organize-athon!

In today’s 5 minutes we’re going to express-declutter your desk, den, study, or home office area.

Let’s start.

Day 15: Declutter Your Home Office

Step 1: Grab a large garbage bag.

Step 2: Quickly making your way around your desk, den, study, or home office area, toss these items into the bag as you go:

  • School or college notes and texts – unless you just graduated they’re likely to be out of date
  • Equipment you don’t use – such as a 2-hole punch if you use 3-ring binders
  • Excess stationery you won’t use this decade
  • Knickknacks that provide no meaning, beauty or inspiration
  • Reading piles you’ll never get to – which, let’s face it, means most reading piles
  • Books you’ll never read
  • Old computer or software manuals
  • Birthday, Christmas and greeting cards – unless they’re genuinely special to you
  • Outdated printers, scanners, fax machines (check for disposal info with your local council)
  • Defunct phones, computers, cells, PDAs etc. (ditto)
  • Abandoned projects and hobbies and the various accompanying supplies, storage containers, etc.
  • Old notebooks not needed for reference
  • Old lamps, chairs and other equipment in poor condition
  • Doubles of staplers, hole punches, scissors, rulers, etc.
  • Any item you haven’t used in the past 12 months
  • Anything broken, yucky, tatty, or inconsistent with your standards of professionalism, especially if you work from home.

Step 3: Put your bag by the door or take it straight out to the car. (Take it to the tip as soon as you can.)

Step 4: If there’s something genuinely valuable in there, put it into a separate charity store bag. If it doubt, don’t over-analyze – toss it.

And you’re done!

Got an Extra 5 Minutes?

  1. Return items that don’t belong in the home office area to the proper place – the kids’ bedrooms, the living room, the kitchen, etc.
  2. Neaten anything else that lives in the home office area.
  3. Straighten the desk and wipe it down.
  4. Pop a cushion on the chair to make it more comfortable.

Now don’t you feel like doing some work here?

The 30-Day Organize-athon Mantra

Move fast. Don’t overthink. Let it go!

Start the 5-minute timer now.

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See you tomorrow!

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156 thoughts on “30-Day Organize-athon | Day 15: Declutter Your Home Office

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  2. Krista says:

    Thanks for the 5 minute motivator to get the office clutter off the desk! Needed it as I’ve been dumping in here the last couple weeks instead of filing. Finished!

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