5 Keepin' It Tidy Tips for your Home Office Space
1) Keep all the items you need within reach. This will keep your area stocked of all the items you need & you won't have them strewn through out the house.
If there is need for these items also elsewhere in your home then buy extras & keep them where those are most needed.
For example, if your desk is the only place there is a pair of scissors then you may have to go track them down when you are trying to work & need them which can lead to other distractions.
Your desk space should be equipped with ALL you need right there!
2) Have a trashcan, shredder, & recycling bin right at your desk. This will help you immediately discard of things that are trash, need to be shredded, or need to be recycled so it does not pile up on your desk. Then plan on tending to and/or emptying them once per week.
3) Take a pic of your tidy desk. If it's not tidy, then spend some time getting it organized then take a pic of how you would like it to look. Then either print the pic & put it near your desk (you can even laminate it) or just keep the pic on your phone or computer.
4) Set a timer for 15-30 minutes before the end of your work day to tidy everything back up. You can set this as a daily alarm on your phone. So if you end your workday at 5pm then set the alarm for 4:30 or 4:45pm on the days you work at your desk.
5) During those 15-30 minutes, put your desk/office area back to match the pic as best as you can. You can also create a checklist to use to ensure you don't miss any steps.
Tidying our desk is a habit you have to develop through consistency & repetition. This can take time, but it is so worth it so try to avoid wanting to fall back into the habit of not doing it especially if you're tired.
Remind yourself that it could just take 15-30 minutes of your time if you always stick with it or it could cost you hours of your time if you let it go.
Plus, it's great to be able to pick up and start fresh each day with a tidy desk, tidy office, which can help you have a tidy mind!
I needed to find something hot pink for an event that I am attending this weekend. So I went to shop at my boyfriend's (inside joke with the hubby) aka Ross! I love Ross!
I especially enjoy days like today where I had plenty of time for this hunt. I went up and down every clothing aisle. Unfortunately, I never spotted anything hot pink, but since I was already there, had the extra time, and actually could use more dress clothes I was picking out things that were my taste and style & putting them in the cart. At the end of it all I had about 18 clothing items that consisted of shirts and pants.
Not only would it have been pretty expensive to go ahead and purchase everything, history tells me that even though I picked them out does not mean I will like them once I get them home.
How many of us have clothes in our closets with the store tags still on because we have never wore the items? Check your closet right now & count how many you have. How does that even happen? Didn't we see those cute jeans at the store & think they were so cute that we just had to have them.
Here's the answer. We loved them on the hanger, but not on us. And that's ok. We don't have to love them on us. However, in order to keep our closets tidy we need to only have the things in there that we love & will wear. We need to have a reasonable amount of clothes for the space we have. If we don't love it then it needs to go. It's that simple! Now let's talk about a few preventative ways for this not to happen in the first place.
1) Don't buy out of your emotions. Yes, we do actually all need clothing, but if you find that you are getting a high out of buying lots of clothes then feel guilty later when you come down from that high because you have overspent then you may want to look to friends and/or other resources for help. In these situations, there is could be a deeper issue involved.
2) Try on the clothes at the store before purchasing them. Do not bring anything home that you did not try on at the store. Make this a new rule for yourself. First, that you always try on everything & then secondly that you absolutely love it on YOU. This will drastically increase the likelihood that you will wear it. If you purchase them on-line then try the items on immediately & return them ASAP if when you try them on you don't LOVE them on YOU.
3)If you love it, but it's a little tight still don't buy it. But you say that you plan on losing a few pounds. It's always about NOW when we are purchasing our clothes. Does it fit you now? Does it feel amazing now? Is it something you love on YOU & you can wear right now? Why? Because if you don't lose the weight then you have a piece of clothing that is basically just being "stored" in your closet. You have a piece of clothing that will stare at you and make you feel like a failure that you haven't lost the weight yet. And you have a piece of clothing that once you do finally decide to get rid of it you will have lost money. Even if you sell it you normally will not receive the original ticket price. And doesn't this process sound daunting when you could prevent the entire scenario by not purchasing that item to begin with if you don't love it on you & can wear it right now.
4)Plan your clothing purchases. Keep an inventory of all your clothing & what pieces go together. As you need a new piece or pieces, for example, maybe you need some business clothes due to a new job. Make a list of what you need beforehand to help keep yourself buying what you truly need.
My trip to Ross was for something specific but it turned out to be for all kinds of things since I did not go in with a very specific list for the dress clothes I need. The good news is I decided to put almost everything back because I knew that I needed to make my list & be more intentional about my wardrobe so that I will avoid having things in my closet that I am not using. I hope this has been helpful and encouraging to help you keep things tidy!