How did I know it was time to organize my office? My children would bound into the room and I would scream, "Look out! Don't let the piles of books and papers fall on you!" Not exactly the welcoming message I'd like to send to my beloved offspring.
Executing the plan to organize my office was surprisingly easy, considering how many weeks (months) I'd procrastinated the chore. I set aside a few hours on a Saturday and methodically worked my way through piles of paper, tossing as many as possible and sorting the rest into file boxes. I started with the desk, because once the surface was clear and uncluttered it inspired me to tackle the rest of the room. I didn't end up with the immaculate office I'd pictured, but at least it gives me a starting point. This time I'm determined to hold the line against mess -- and possibly even push back until I could put Martha Stewart to shame.
I like to have everything important within arm's reach from my desk chair, and the surfaces clear of clutter. (Stacks of books don't count as clutter, to me.) How do you organize your office?
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