Recently I re-did my home office. Everything got moved to another room and the old room got cleaned and painted. The closet that had become the piling and dumping ground was turned into a fabulous display of function and beauty. And, all the gnarled nests of wires connecting this essential piece to that essential piece got nicely tucked into unseeable corners.
While the old office worked, I felt unpleasant in it. It was dusty and cluttered with not enough space for everything. Since we moved into this house 5 years ago, we had not tended to this room as we had other rooms. And, I had grown to tolerate the functional disarray. That’s what happens. We just get used to the stuff around us – and every time you turn your attention to that pile, or the box of whatever, or the sticky drawer, it sucks energy from you like a vampire.
It’s time to turn that energy vampire into a source of focus and inspiration.
I like organization and beauty. Having my space that way helps me to focus, to feel gratitude, and to be efficient. I like knowing where everything is and having those items I use regularly at my fingertips, and those less important ones stored away. I like my trash can within arm’s reach and all the things I pull off my shelves to be within an easy roll of my chair. I like to look at the art and the order and to feel the pleasure of the beauty.
What about you? Imagine the space you occupy the most. Is it ideal for you now?
I didn’t just clean up the stuff you can see in the photo. Nope. I went through every drawer and every file. I tortured my husband to do the same – as much as I could make him.
I asked the questions, of him and me, ‘Is this of value enough to keep? And, if so, how do I want it stored?’
I shredded, and threw away and donated A LOT of stuff. I went to Ross and Target and gleefully bought beautiful storage containers for those items that stayed put.
And voila! It has happened. I now occupy a beautiful room that gives me energy instead of sucking it from me.
And, the new office has room to grow. Not every drawer is packed full. Not every shelf is stacked.
There is room for more to come in – not stuff necessarily, but opportunities, ideas, change, growth.
It was time to clean out the old to make way for the new.
What about you? What kind of clean up or reorganization could you do that would make way for new possibilities?
As for me, that hall closet better watch out, ‘cause it’s on my radar!