Overall I would only give myself a 4 or 5 on a scale of 10 for my work on paper clutter this week. Part of it is that I didn't have - or create - enough time this week to attack all of the paper piles in the house. Another part of it is that I physically can't get to some of it - in particular the stash of nostalgic paper clutter that I have set aside to potentially scrapbook (more on this when I get to #8 on my 2011 goals list, getting my craft room in order). Because I have issues with paper in many areas of the house, I decided to focus primarily on the most visual, and certainly a significant, problem area...the office. Or more specifically, my half of the office desk. Okay, perhaps my paper has the tendency to take over more than half the desk.
Here is the before picture of my desk at the beginning of the week. As you can see, I don't do a good job of sticking to a "file, don't pile" regimen.
|Before: my less-than-organized desktop.|
|Before: from homework storage to reminder notices to the children's artwork, a lot of paper ends up on our refrigerator.|
|Before: the garage door is sporting unusually low clutter volume in this "before" picture, but it is certainly cluttered enough.|
|More paper than I know what to do with? Check!|
A method of sorting to help pare down my paper clutter? Check!
Remote control to keep those movies rolling? Check!
Without further ado, here are my "after" pictures.
|Wait! Is that a desktop I see?|
|So nice to be able to open the fridge without the fear of cascading papers.|
|I got rid of the papers behind papers that tended to build up on this door.|
hot spot #2 results post over at Simple Mom. What helps you stay on top of the flow of paper into and out of your house?
**As a reminder, the Pyrex giveaway ends today, so please be sure to leave a comment by midnight tonight on Monday's post if you'd like to be entered to win. I'll be randomly drawing the names of, and contacting, two winners on Saturday.
"The opposite of simplicity, as I understand it, is not complexity but clutter." ~Scott Russell Sanders