Alice Osborn

Write from the Inside Out

Are You a Clutter Bug?

Posted by on Jun 3, 2013

Are You a Clutter Bug?

 

My desk before the clean up

My desk before the clean up

I sure am! But things were getting a little too hairy and I was afraid I might fall into my piles of paper, notebooks, binders, and file folders and not come out. My in-laws’ visit this past weekend gave me an accountability date and I filled our recycling bin with over 100 lbs of crap after my cleaning spree. Not looking forward to having to roll that sucker out onto the street. Why did I wait so long in order to clean out my files, the top of my desk, the bottom of my desk, the sides of my desk, etc.

 

 

 

 

  1. I didn’t want to take the time which I felt could be used for doing client and my own work
  2. It was easier to let things pile up than take the time to sort it all into categories
  3. I didn’t want to feel exhausted after cleaning
  4. I was scared that once I started I wouldn’t stop and there’d be more to clean! (kinda true)
  5. My filing cabinet was stuck

 

Yes, it did take more than a few days, hours at a time to pare down my office, but now I can see what I’m doing and feel so much better!

clutter 3Yes, I was tired after the cleaning and my allergies perked up thanks to all of the dust, but I moved some serious energy! I also didn’t to buy any organizing supplies. Turns out I had enough hanging file folders, notebooks, folder labels, and notebooks. I pulled out papers I didn’t need, filed the ones I do need and saved the outer coverings. Bonus!

Now the only challenge I have it maintenance, which I’m going to do a better job at than last time!

So , if your paperwork is getting piled into a cool tent-like structure, your books-to-read own their own dust fence, and your spouse is embarrassed to know you—then it’s time to ditch your work at the moment and clean! I promise, you’ll have renewed energy and confidence—after you take your nap. 

After the clean up!

After the clean up!