If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you will know that we are in the process of renovating our whole house and the latest project is our home office. The office used to be in the smallest bedroom, upstairs. The location was not ideal and there wasn’t enough storage space, hence there was always a mess! Unfortunately I didn’t take any ‘before’ photos as I was too embarrassed! I did however take a couple of ‘during’ photos, which you will see in a while.
First of all I just want to share how the office part of the room looks now, in the new space.
So hubby has been busy hiding all of the leads under the desk to make it look neat. I’m still waiting for the grid to be fixed onto the wall – we can’t figure out how to do it so if anyone has any tips, they would be very much appreciated! You can see our new purchase from Ikea in the background – a gorgeous Bonsai tree, which is still alive after two weeks!
The filing cabinet has been a God send! Our old office had a wall of open shelves and these box files took up a lot of room, but the contents are hidden away nicely now, with the added bonus of being easy to find!
It was more of a battle when it came to filling the desk drawers, as hubby is a bit of a hoarder! I mean, how many staplers and hole punches do you need? These are the discarded ones:
These are the pens and pencils that made it into the desk drawers!
If you think that’s a lot, you should see how many we threw away!
This whole process got me thinking about de-cluttering and how hard it is, which leads us to the title of this post (finally!!) I began to do some research into how best to tackle this mammoth task and discovered there is a wealth of information out there. I’m going to share with you what I found useful.
This post from becoming minimalist has some great advice and links to even more interesting reads.
Good Housekeeping have some great tips for organising the messiest rooms in your house.
An interesting read is this what not to do when decluttering from Apartment Therapy
This article on the Kon Mari method by Dr Northrup made me rush out to buy the book “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying: A Simple, Effective Way To Banish Clutter Forever” by Marie Kondo. Well not literally, as I’m not buying any more books to clutter up my house, I rushed to the computer and downloaded it to my kindle!
I hope these links have given you some food for thought and inspired you to declutter too!