So, we’re all home and things are getting messy. Those of you who know me can attest that disorganization is not my game. I looked around our designated spaces and found crap scattered everywhere.
I had to bring up a folding table to add as an extension to my desk because my computer took up all the space. In other words, I felt our rooms getting smaller and cluttered. This can be a choking experience if you’re working from a small space to begin with.
For those who have a limited amount of room, it can be very daunting to add more stuff to your space without feeling overwhelmed. Personally, all of my bookshelves are filled (so I can’t put stuff there) and besides, my desk is nowhere near my bookshelf.
I had an idea to use those rigid food shopping totes to organize my area. I placed a couple under my folding table. I organized my notebooks and journals in one, and my work binders in another. This way, I can grab and exchange materials as needed without having a lot of stuff all over the place.
My daughter is pretty neat and tidy. She has a big desk that accommodates most of her materials. My son, on the other hand is a paperwork nightmare. I walked into his room to find an explosion of worksheets and notebooks. He also had about ten thousand power cords and adapters plugged into nothing.
I ran up to the attic and got a recycled and very cool Easter basket. I had him throw all the cords, power adapters, mouses, computer gadgets, etc. into it (I needed to vacuum). Then, I ran to the garage remembering we had an old milk crate there with a couple of basketballs in it. I had him stick all his worksheets, notes, notebooks and binder in it.
Disclaimer: I didn’t badger or force him to organize any of the papers in alpha order or the notebooks according to size. However, that would be my personal choice!
In any event, things are looking much better. My husband is using an old drop leaf kitchen table as an extension to his desk. So far, no clutter, but he does have a bad habit of leaving napkins and tissues everywhere. So, he earned a spare waste basket upcycled from the basement. Cheers!