Want To Work Better? De-clutter!

As we head deeper into July it can only mean one thing. The summer holidays are fast approaching! I don’t know about you but I love spending less time in my home office and more time in the sunshine with the children. However I could really do without my office becoming a dumping ground! It happens every school break and I spend days getting it back in order. OK that’s an outright lie! (Sorry Mum) My office is a huge mess, books, scraps of paper, general clutter everywhere from May Half Term! Oh the shame!

“Stuff” has a detrimental effect on our brains: 

Did you know, that too much clutter around the house can have a significant impact on your overall well-being? Excess stuff, junk, and clutter can inhibit our brains from reaching their optimal functioning capacity. This must be why I spend so long procrastinating on Facebook! *starts to tidy office* But of course, we like our sentimental things, and a display cabinet (well spaced and stocked of course) can be just the right compromise between too much stuff and the stuff we really love.

De-cluttering your home office can be easier than you think:

De-clutter as your day progresses. ie. Open, sort, and organise your post straight away.  Just like with our Do it, Ditch it, Delegate it technique for organising our emails, take the same approach with the post. Also, shred any unwanted paper/envelopes when they arrive rather than piling them up. Avoid using the printer, look at how you store your files on and offline, before you know it you’ll be a paperless office and your productivity will increase.

The de-cluttering process requires a systematic approach. If your home office/house is really bad look at a more manageable bite size approach taking one room or one box at a time and working your way through to a de-clutter, stress-free working and living environment. Keep on top of daily chores, clearing away dirty coffee cups, emptying bins, and dusting. Being organised and de-cluttering doesn’t just look good but it feels good!

Do you have any top tips for keeping your home office area de-cluttered and stress-free? I’d love to hear them.

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  1. July 8, 2016 / 10:42 am

    Great post Joanne 🙂 As a professional organiser a top tip from me would be investing a bit of time to plan the changes before you start. It’s important to have realistic expectations for yourself of how you will keep things up. Have a think about how you work now….where do the ‘things to do’ end up? Do you have book storage in a convenient place? It is easy to tidy up, but if it’s unrealistic to maintain it can make you feel deflated.

    I’d be happy to come and have a chat with you about some ideas if you like.

    • July 8, 2016 / 11:39 am

      Kerry maybe we should do something together for Lemur LinkUp!

      • July 8, 2016 / 11:54 am

        Sounds like a fab idea, I’d be up for that 🙂

  2. July 8, 2016 / 11:06 am

    My desk is at the breakfast bar in our kitchen, I have a huge pile of paperwork and books etc next to my pc so I’m definitely not the best person to ask for tips!

  3. July 8, 2016 / 11:25 am

    I need to declutter my entire home as I have not done it since December last year. Thanks for the tips
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  4. July 8, 2016 / 12:30 pm

    Great post we don’t have an office but our paperwork needs a good sort out as it gets either dumped in a drawer or on the dining room table.

  5. July 8, 2016 / 3:29 pm

    I so need to declutter! This is something I am looking forward to doing when the twinnies start full time school in September x

  6. July 8, 2016 / 4:16 pm

    Thanks for this post, I’m really crap at decluttering as I’m too sentimental x

  7. July 10, 2016 / 8:43 am

    I go through stages of decluttering, if I do it, I do it properly otherwise I just move piles of stuff from one room to another x

    • July 10, 2016 / 1:25 pm

      I’m so with you on that one … I love to move things around! Mainly for dusting purposes!

  8. July 10, 2016 / 1:56 pm

    Hubby is forever moaning at me to declutter……..I never get round to it lol

    • July 10, 2016 / 6:36 pm

      My mum used to have a sign that said “Round Tuit!” she never got round to most things … a bit like me!

  9. Alexandra Ashton
    July 12, 2016 / 9:39 am

    Decluttering is one of the most satisfying feelings ever… Or at least organizing stuff including sentimental items you don’t want to get rid of in a tidy manor.

    Thanks for the post! Love the 3 D approach to emails! x
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    • July 12, 2016 / 9:45 am

      It’s really handy, even when I’m on holiday my emails are organised as I stick to the 3D’s. I might not do anything until I get home from hols but at least I don’t have to trawl through rubbish!