Welcome! I have decided that 2016 is my year to get my house in order for real. I’ve created a week-by-week guide focusing on one area at a time. Yes, I realize a year is a long time. But I believe it’s the time line needed to make the thorough and permanent changes. No more surface organizing – we’re getting down and dirty!
So let’s get started! Each week we will have an assignment, an area of the home to clean up, clean out and organize. And since cluttered homes are harder to keep organized, there will be an additional challenge each week to help you purge items from your home!
52 Weeks to a More Organized Home | #4 The Office/Desk
I was going to tackle this later in the challenge, but this is something that I must get done ASAP. And since I’m doing this challenge right along with you, this week we’re going to tackle the office/computer desk/work area. It’s up to you to decide what area of your home fits this description. For me, it’s my computer desk which is in the room that doubles as the office/homeschool room. So for this week, I’m just going to focus on the office half of the room.
Here’s what I have to work with this week:
Yep, that’s my desk. Where I work for hours a day. I think I have all the desk accessories and workspace organizers I need buried under there somewhere. I just need to clean out and use them properly.
If you’re doing the 2016 Clean Out Challenge you shouldn’t have ANY trouble finding your 40 items to toss this week if your desk looks anything like mine!!
Your additional challenge this week:
- Let’s keep returning things to their places. Make it a habit this week to grab one thing from a room before you leave that doesn’t belong in that room and either return it where it belongs, trash it, or add it to the donate box.
- If you’re doing the 2016 Clean Out Challenge you should have tossed 130-140 items already and you’ll need to toss out about 40 items over this week. (For what it’s worth, I’m NOT counting things going in the yard sale boxes as part of my 2,016 items. I’ll count them when they’ve actually sold. I’m only counting things trashed, re-homed or taken to goodwill)
Are you going to join me in having a more organized home? Comment below! Leave your tips, questions and suggestions! Let us know how your week went. I’ll be honest, I’m about 40 items behind on my 2,016 Item Clean Out Challenge…
Also, tell me about problem areas in your house – everyone’s home is different and I want to make sure we cover all areas during our 52 weeks!
Last week we were supposed to find five articles of clothing per family member to donate/trash/yard sale. Did you do it? Did you do more? I didn’t get rid of any of Hubs clothes (he has the least of all of us and it hasn’t been that long since I’ve been through his). I got rid of a few things out my closet but the one that got the most cleaning out was Bug’s clothes. He had a LOT in his closet that was too small and needed to be moved out.
Don’t forget to come back next week!
Are you going to join me in having a more organized home? Comment below! Leave your tips, questions and suggestions! Let us know how your week went. Also, tell me about problem areas in your house – everyone’s home is different and I want to make sure we cover all areas during our 52 weeks!
Last week we were cleaning out under the beds and the tops of the closets. We were also supposed to find TEN items to throw away or donate. How did that go? Do you have more space under your beds or in the tops of the closets? If so, GOOD! You’ll be able to use that space to put away things that are currently crowding your house!
Don’t forget to come back next week for a new challenge!