Day 8 – Home Office
We’re about to start a 2-day project with your home office area. Don’t freak out; you can do it.
Don’t do it!!
Don’t picture 12 years’ worth of tax receipts spilling out of a shoebox or the pile of need-to-file bills shoved in the back of the drawer waiting for you to have some extra time. Concentrate on getting this project done in small, manageable chunks.
Clear everything off your desk!
Use the large work surface as a staging area. As you empty out each drawer, create piles of similar items on your desktop. Continue until you have emptied every possible place there is for clutter to hide in this room or work space.
You will probably have a lot of piles: bills, tax documents, house paperwork, investment stuff, warranties, and insurance policies. A lot of accumulated paper, right?
You’ll also have desk supplies: staplers, staple remover, pens, pencils, paper clips, paper hole puncher and all the other necessities of a well-stocked office.
Don’t worry about organizing this today… Just get it all out in the open.
Concentrate on sorting through it a bit.
Remember one is usually better than two. (How many staplers do you really need? Which pens do you actually use all the time?)
Anything that doesn’t belong in this room needs to be returned to its home. Clean the drawers and shelves that you will be using again so that everything is ready for your next day task.