Oranizing Project Number One: Office

One of my goals is to get more organized. I moved down to Oregon sometime at the end of May last year and I still feel like I haven’t unpacked completely. For example, there is  a huge box in the garage full of items that were suppose to go to the Goodwill back in the first week of June. Now it’s even bigger because every couple of days I walk through the house and pick up something I feel doesn’t have use anymore and walk it down to the basement and place it in the ‘Goodwill’ pile. Well, first I assess it and make sure I can’t make it into something else. But, most of the items have been sitting in that pile for a couple of months now and I’ve realized it’s time to get down to business.

One. Room. At. A. Time.

Starting now.

I’m taking the next two weeks to organize our office. I said I was going to work on one room a month and I think that is very doable. In fact, I believe I could probably do TWO rooms a month. Whoa!

Now, I understand it may not be  exactly where I hope it to be by the end of these two weeks because for starters, I still have several things to get for this massive office project to get done but it will be a whole hell of a lot more organized then it is today. And my anxiety level will subside. At least until I start on the next room.

So here is what I am looking at:

* D and I don’t have drawers in our desks so a lot of things just end up piled on top. It’s frustrating and gives us both the overwhelming need to pick up our trash cans and push everything into it in some dramatic fashion.

Project: Figure out a way to reduce the pile up on our desks.

* We had one of those old 1970’s gross brown sliding doors on the closet which gave me the creeps so I decided to take them off. Now I am left with a lot of clutter fully exposed and realize it’s unexceptionable to me.     

Project: Organize closet so it is efficient and usable.

* I also want to move my sewing machine and craft supplies upstairs cause let’s be honest, I never go down into the basement where it currently lives because it’s dark, dank, and cold this time of year and a little on the scary side. No, I take that back. A LOT on the scary side.

Project: Create a ‘crafts’ space in the office by putting a desk in the closet for my sewing machine and all my supplies.

* D is running his families vineyard and future winery, Omero Cellars (I guess this is where I can give a little shameless plug) out of our home office and our file cabinet is rather messy. It’s time to label, label, label those files so everything is extremely easy to find.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Project: Create a working system and organize the file cabinet

For the most part, this is what’s needed to be done. Like I said above, I may not have it 100% finished by the end of these two weeks because I still need to find a desk (preferable and old one I can refinish) to put in the closet as my craft table but it should be pretty darn close.

To start things off, last night I finished painting and stenciling a desk organizer I found at the Goodwill some time back…this summer. It felt good to finish it and I really love the way it turned out. It’s not perfect but well, neither am I so it’s fitting. And it get’s me one step closer to being organized. Amen!

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