This is embarrassing. But I am going to let you in on what my computer desk used to look like. Take a gander at this:
And that's not even the worst it's been. But the problem was I had two computers (my laptop and a big clunky one) and a huge printer and a ton of paper. And my filing cabinets on both sides of the desk were full.
So recently I took a day and redid the entire office. We bought this cool new computer desk that looks like an armoire when it's all closed up. But it holds file drawers, binders, paper, and all kinds of stuff. Take a look now:
I just feel so much better. Now I don't always work there. I frequently take my computer into the dining room and work where the kids are. But when I am at my desk, I can find things, and everything has a place.
The neatest thing is how we bought that armoire. It was $1000. But it was also discontinued. So they gave us the floor model for only $497. And it was already assembled. Life is good.
I find so often when I get frustrated about clutter the problem is not me. It's my furniture. I really have no place to put important papers or computer equipment or yarn or whatever it is I'm trying to hide. In my old age I'm beginning to realize that it's better to invest in good pieces of furniture that have storage than in cheap stuff that doesn't. I will never buy anything again that does not have some sort of a drawer. Even my kids' beds have drawers under them!
It's not that we have a lot of stuff. It's just that you want to be able to find it. We do purge quite frequently, but you have to keep on top of it. Even what you do have you won't be able to find unless it's in a logical place.
I feel so much better in my office now. I redid the whole room as a guest room. I've never had a guest room before, but now that we can close the computer away, it looks more like one. We have a futon in there, and I've moved my sewing machine into my closet so that I have a sewing nook. That's not ready to be photographed yet, but after another day of tackling, maybe I'll show you that, too!
Do you need some inspiration today to clean up some small part of your home? Don't fret about it. Just take 15 minutes. Just 15 minutes. You can do it. Even if it's overwhelming, doing little bits in little bites can make the job seem more manageable.
So tackle something today! You'll feel infinitely better.
Labels: computers, organizing, Tackle it Tuesday