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Welcome back to 30 Days To An Organized Home (also known as the 30-Day Organize-athon)!
In today’s 5 minutes we’re going to express-declutter your desk, den, study, or home office area.
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4 thoughts on “Day 15: Declutter Your Home Office”
Our group has made the following decisions:
One large garbage bag
Make your way around your desk or home office area, sort toss these items into the bag as you go.
Anything broken, yucky, tatty, or inconsistent with your standards of professionalism, especially if you work from home. Trash.
Donate knickknacks that provide no meaning, beauty or inspiration
Reading Pile: Only keep the ones you refer to most
First edition books keep. All other books you’ll never read donate to local schools or library
Old computer or software manuals donate to educational facilities
Create a scrapbook for Birthday, Christmas & greeting cards that are genuinely special to you
Outdated printers, scanners, fax machines (check for disposal info with your local council)
Defunct phones, computers, cells, PDAs etc. Donate to be fixed & sold for a small fee to low income people otherwise not fixable item will be properly disposed of
Abandoned projects, hobbies & needlework supplies can be sold at consignment shops or yard sales
Old notebooks not needed for reference trash the paperwork & keep the notebook for future use
Discard old lamps, chairs & other equipment in poor condition
Keep as a backup in case one breaks doubles of staplers, hole punches, scissors, rulers, etc.
Any item you haven’t used in the past 12 month’s personal choice: do I have a reason to keep this item or should I donate the item?
Valuable items sell at consignment shops or yard sales
Our group has made the following decisions: Grab a large garbage bag.
School or college notes and texts – personal choice
Equipment you don’t use – such as a 2-hole punch if you use 3-ring binders donate or garage sale
Excess stationery donate or have a garage sale
Knickknacks donate or have garage sale
Reading piles donate to center or art classes
Books keep if 1st edition or collector’s edition; donate other books to book club/library
Old computer or software manuals Keep current & file the rest or donate computer collector or computer classes at schools or colleges
Birthday, Christmas and greeting cards – unless they’re genuinely special to you special cards should be kept – place them in photo albums or memory box or create scrapbooks
Outdated printers, scanners, fax machines (check for disposal info with your local council) donate to charity groups or schools or colleges
Defunct phones, computers, cells, PDAs etc. (ditto) old phones can be sold otherwise donate to a local facility for rehab & sell to disabled people at a low price
Abandoned projects and hobbies donate craft supplies you won’t use; otherwise keep as supplies are expensive = taking a break & coming back to the craft items.
Old notebooks not needed for reference keep or donate to schools or colleges
Old lamps, chairs and other equipment in poor condition if broken & not repairable trash
Doubles of staplers, hole punches, scissors, rulers, etc. keep doubles supplies are not made as sturdy as they used to be; or donate
Any item you haven’t used in the past 12 months personal choice
Anything broken, yucky, tatty, or inconsistent with your standards of professionalism, especially if you work from home. Trash
This may take a few hours, but it is time well spent as this is becoming the “catch-all” room in the house! But, no more! Toss, toss, toss!
Done I now got a cleaned surface to work on and can find my work tools easier!