Declutter Challenge: The Office/School Area

3524862401_65452a40baFor this week, we are moving to the Office/Homeschool/Homework area!   Here are some great tips to think about:

When I have a system that works for a particular area, I will share it here ¦   But I am ALWAYS open to new ideas so if you guys have a great system that works for you for any of these areas in your home please send me links to pictures, or leave a comment with your genius in my comments section.

Things I try to remember when decluttering:

  • Be as brutal as I can be.
  • Things that are broken and/or don’t work should be tossed.
  • Make lists of things that are needed and be patient with filling those needs.
  • Try to be honest with the difference between needs and wants. Don’t declutter just to bring a bunch more in.
  • For at least a week, try to make do… sometimes I am amazed at what I find that will fill the void just by decluttering another space!

Office declutter challenge for this week (one for each day):

1.           School books and projects

2.         Art supplies (stored ones, too)

3.         Supplies (binders, paper, stored packing materials, shipping stuff, etc)

4.         Finished work

5.         Desk

6.         Bookcases

7.         Craft ideas

Want to see our other Declutter Challenges?

How about post your successes to our flickr group?   We’d love for you to join us!

11 Comments

  1. I just decluttered my office and although it was hard to throw stuff out I did it and it feels so new and fresh. Purging is always worth it after your done. I give away things we haven’t used in awhile to different charities so it’s a win win! Thanks for sharing your tips !

  2. I packed up my living and dining rooms to do a reno. That was 6 years ago and I still have boxes of stuff (china, vases, glassware, etc) in the crawlspace that I occasionally might need but really, I’ve done fine without. I feel so much lighter without all the bits crowding my space I may never pull out the boxes. Decluttering is about being brutal, like you said, but it works.
    I have to get into my office and do the same thing soon…
    Thanks for the reminder.

  3. Great list! I will be redoing my desk area since we just replaced our printer, to ‘clear out the old’ and such. I love what you’ve got going on here, I love meeting people who like to clean and create lists just like I do 🙂

  4. I like the way you have the area broken down over the week. My hubby is taking my son out of town this weekend, and I am planning to declutter the bedroom while they are gone. We have made some progress over the last few months, but I just want to get the last of it OUT OF HERE!

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