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  • School or college notes and texts – unless you just graduated they’re likely to be out of date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  • Outdated printers, scanners, fax machines (check for disposal info with your local council)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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Michele | Get Organized Gal

Michele is into writing, books, simplicity, love, TV, productivity, and staying thin in a world of chocolate.

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

  1. Pam M. says:

    Well, we started on this today but considering this room has been a bit neglected lately, it is going to take more time to finish it completely. But, we got a nice head start today and accomplished a lot. So, done for today, just not for good 😉

  2. Desiree says:

    Ok, so it’s not reeeeally organized. It was so bad, I swept it all in a box (ok-3 boxes), and all this was on a desk that is about 3-1/2 x 1-1/2 feet! Still need to schedule going through the boxes, but I do feel like I can breath. Hey, I didn’t know the desktop was white!! Did this earlier this week.

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  4. Hope says:

    I have to say I disliked this one the most. I.can not find away to keep my daughter’s room clean
    Can you help me with any tricks? Did my five. _

  5. Miriam B. says:

    Will do this one once all the books I sorted out are for sale online or in the fleemarket box. (Took me hours to do this one yesterday, but it feels good!)

  6. Dawn says:

    Office desk is clean the rest will take a bit. But proud of myself to have stuck with things this far. All tasks have been done so far the last 2 weeks

  7. Mary M says:

    This was hard…I work out of my home and so I have a lot of piles of paper – mostly things to do NOW, things to get done asap, things that need to be done with a deadline and things to do whenever. So I made new folders and put these things in an action slot in the front of the file cabinet . I can now just take this hanging file folder out of the cabinet with the 4 folders inside, take it to the desk and work on it and then put it away when I am done…helps.

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