Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Attempting Organization: Visual Strategizing for Our Home Office

When I decided to take on this project, “Attempting Organization,” I pictured that every week I would tackle a whole room in my home, and every week I would be able to put up a “Before and After” post allowing you to revel with me in the glory of pure, sweet, organization.

Guess what? Life had other ideas.

I’ve watched week after week, and “weekend” (or at least my days off from work) after weekend slide by without the scale seeming to tip one iota towards the side of organization. I took this photo a few weeks ago, but this is, by and large, what our home office still looks like today:


Ouch. It pains me a little to share this with you, but I’m hoping that public shaming will help me get my rear in gear on this project.

Part of the problem is that even after reading Ms. Morgenstern’s sage advice, I insist on trying to jump right into the MIDDLE of an organizing project without giving the PREPARATORY work the attention it deserves.

So instead of getting discouraged with the fact that I seem to not be making any progress on this beast of an office mess, I’ve decided to step back and re-envision how I’d like the space to function.

As you can see, there are at least three distinct areas (or should be) of the office (and this is just the side of the room you can see in this picture): My desk, the computer table, and Gil’s desk (he gets the small one because he doesn’t actually want a desk to sit at, just a landing spot for his incoming items).

In the spirit of putting an oxygen mask on yourself before putting one on those beside you, I’m starting with my own desk.

Here, after weeks and weeks of thinking about what items I’m always looking for or needing by my side when I work, is my VISION for my finished desk:


Intrigued? Me too. I’m not going to go into detail about any aspects of this yet, but stay tuned. I plan to look carefully at each aspect of this project as I go along, but for the time being I’m just happy that I have come up with a plan for where I’m headed–I’m confident it will help me get there.

Posted on Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 at 11:02 am.
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