Between the holidays, working on my wardrobe, and focusing on decorating our living room, there’s nothing left in my wallet for everything I want to do. I got a new desk at the beginning of the summer, loved it, and then promptly let clutter build up around it for the past two months. Junk mail? Throw it on the desk. Clothes for Goodwill? In a bag to the right. Magazines I might read? Under that notebook I never use. It got to the point where I wasn’t even using my desk, and that’s just silly.
After reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I tackled the mess around my desk. I went through every paper, filed and recycled until the surface was clear of anything unnecessary and I finally had room again for my laptop. Because that was kind of the point of having the desk.
Then I got busy again. Typical. But I didn’t let the clutter build up again.
Then, this past weekend, I set up shop. I put my computer back, lit a candle, put a mug of tea on a coaster and grabbed a pen and paper. And I used my desk again. The things I was doing (putting together an editorial calendar, drafting blog posts, planning my wardrobe for winter) were things I’d been putting off because I felt like I didn’t have time. That wasn’t the truth.
I just didn’t make space to do those things. Physical space.
Clearing the distractions, the mess, the unnecessary, to make room for what matters works wonders for your personal well-being and productivity. I don’t know about you, but I just can’t be productive on my couch.
Until I cleared the mess, I kept thinking “If I just had … then I could use my desk/be productive/get things done!” The wall above my desk is still bare. I still don’t have a tray for papers, or a notepad for jotting down ideas. My desk is not decorated or fully put together. It’s not perfect. That will have to wait a little longer until some other projects are finished. However, the act of simply decluttering made so much of a difference on its own, that I don’t feel so much of a need to decorate it right away. I’m being more productive and saving money. That’s a good feeling.
Is there something in your home you could simply declutter, rather than redecorate to make it feel fresh, fun, or useful again?