Spring Cleaning: Office Edition

Some people love cleaning, but I imagine most people dread it. clearingclutter_#8-2

Although most people who dread cleaning sure feel great about it when it’s done! (I’m in that category).

 

I do like the ritual of spring cleaning. I like clearing out the clutter that’s accumulated over the winter and finally storing coats and other items that we use regularly during the cooler months. Today, I have a challenge for you: extend the spring cleaning ritual to your office.

 

Whether your office is in your home or outside your home, giving it a good once-over can do wonders for your mood and your productivity!

 

You may find that many of the things hanging around in your office are remnants of half-done projects or projects you intended to start but didn’t have the time or energy to begin. Evaluate these items and decide whether to keep them, file them, throw them out, or give them away.

 

I don’t know about you, but eliminating clutter makes me feel re-energized. It gives me a fresh outlook and motivates me to get things done. I love that feeling!

 

If you are organizationally challenged, I recommend two great books to help you get started:

  • 30 Days to a Simpler Life by Connie Cox and Cris Evatt. I’ve been referencing this book a lot lately as I move into my new office. Through practical, simple tasks, this book can help you gradually transform your living space, room by room. It has helped me organize my new office in a logical way that’s conducive to helping me stay devoted to my work.
  • Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui by Karen Kingston. A helpful introduction to Feng Shui, this book can help you realize how all the outdated possessions around you can get in your way on a variety of levels—preventing you from being productive and from getting what you want out of your life and career.

Something I’ve learned from these books is that cleaning can help clear mental blocks, too. If you are feeling stuck in one area of your life, I recommend clutter-clearing the section of your home or office that needs it most and see what it releases for you.

 

If you find it hard to let go of things, have someone who is not attached to your stuff help you with the process. This can be a hired organizer or a friend with a keen eye to what really suits you.

 

The important thing is to get it done—and you’ll be glad you did!

 

P.S. If you feel it’s hard to get rid of something, take a photo of it store the image in an online photo album—then jettison that clutter!

 

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