Organizing Catharsis

After all of the guests, entertaining, shopping, cooking, and cleaning over the past few months, spring cleaning may not be very high on your list. 

Over the years, however, I have found that doing spring cleaning right—going through your home room by room, taking everything off of shelves, out of drawers and cabinets, wiping everything down, throwing away unwanted or unused items, and then putting the room back together again—is a monumental task and can’t be done in a weekend.

  So I am choosing to Nest Pretty and spring clean one room each month, beginning with my office.  

For those of you that follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you know that I have been organizing my office this month, taking just 15 minutes a day and one drawer at a time. I always set a timer because I like to see how much I can get done in such a short time.

But I also find that if I spend too much time spring cleaning, I don’t want to go back to it for a while. So fifteen minutes a day is manageable, doable, and sustainable for me.

Benjamin Franklin once said: “For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.” That’s a worthwhile return. I have organized four drawers in my office so far. So if we do the math, four drawers at 15 minutes per drawer means I have earned 60 hours! Not bad! 

As I spring clean my office, I am trying to divide my office space into specific zones. I have a zone for general office supplies, but I also have a mailing center for when someone buys a Young Living Premium Starter Kit from me. I like to send out a little thank you card with a couple of small gifts. I have created an area just for those items so I can get my cards and gifts out promptly. It also helps me know when I’m running low on things.

I am also using this opportunity to get my papers organized and prepared for my accountant. It’s good timing since we just finished the year. And I would like to file my tax return as early as I can so I can get the good news (that we will have a return) or the bad news (I owe the government) as soon as possible. I don’t want any surprises come April. 

So if you have a large office full of papers, receipts, bills, and check stubs, don’t be overwhelmed at the idea of cleaning and organizing. Just divide up the room and do a little each week—one drawer at a time. Set a timer for 15 minutes and see what you can accomplish. 

Choose to Nest Pretty with me and spring clean one room in your home every month, starting with the office. Because small choices—everyday—add up to a beautiful life. 

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