One of my goals for this year was to get everything in the office in order. My first order of business was to take care of the paper clutter. I really try to keep things in order, but sometimes I just throw the mail, or something else on the desk. And then I repeat that. Over and over, until it ends up something like this…
Ugly. Bleh. You want to know another secret? If I need to clear away the clutter in a hurry, do you know what I do? I take everything off the desk and do you remember the bins in the shelf behind the desk? They look like this…
Ugly, but I’m being real. I use those to clean in a hurry. Two of the three may look like that. Maybe.
Then I tackled the baskets one at a time. I payed the bills and attended to the things in the “Now” basket (and caught up on a little Secrets from a Stylist. I heart Emily Henderson. I think we could be friends in real life. Call me)
Then started my 2012 Filing System. I like to keep everything for the year. Just in case. I know there are those scanning things and lots of bills are paperless (which I take advantage of on lots my my bills), but I just feel better having all the paper stuff in one place. I made a list of all the categories I needed and made some labels.
Then I put it all together, started filing. We got the file box at Target for $13.99 and it has plenty of room for the whole year. If you’re keeping count, that emptied bin #2.
Then I just put the box in a safe place (lots of personal info in there!) and put my desk back together. I added this area so I could keep my personal calendar in place as well as have a space for my work calendar when I bring that home and any other little odds and ends that are in limbo. The frame is a project for another day.
And on the other side I have everything else I need. Sharpies, sharpies and more sharpies. It’s an obsession but I make no apologies. I corralled them all with a $3ish paint bucket from Lowe’s. There is also a coaster for my coffee mug and a little bird vessel for paper clips and teeny post-its.
I even started on the shelf behind the desk. The two offending bins are clear so I added some labels to the magazine holders to keep me organized.