Currently, I don’t feel comfortable in my home office. There is too much stuff lying around on my desk, the drawers are too full, I need to clear up the filing cabinets, and I also want to sort out and give away some of my books.
However, I don’t have the time to do all the work in one go and decided to do it step-by-step.
This is an example of my small-step projects:
Decluttering the drawer with the office supplies
Recently, I had 30 minutes before I had to leave the house to meet a client, and I was determined to finally get the drawer with my office supplies sorted out.
I followed my own advice – the sequence of actions I listed in my post (read more):
I set the timer, and took a photograph of my cluttered drawer.
I emptied the content of the drawer on the floor,
sorted out what was broken or no longer usable,
and sorted the rest into categories of like items.
Now I created 3 piles:
to give away (e.g. note pads I never use),
to keep in the drawer (one exemplar of all the different things I regularly need),
and to store away (all duplicates and extra stock)
I cleaned the drawer, arranged the ‘keep in the drawer’ stuff nicely, and put the ‘to store away’ things in a storage box.
My drawer looks very organised now, and I know where to find more supplies as soon as something has been used up. And it took me 25 minutes to get the job done!
Yes, I start to like the ‘strategy of small steps’:
How do you manage larger decluttering projects?
Do you divide bigger tasks into smaller steps? How does it work for you?