I spent three days this week trying to organize my office (or what used to be our dining room), which hadn't been seriously tackled for a few years. I COURAGEOUSLY took the above picture. I went through boxes and files, moved piles of books, magazines, etc. trying to make my space work for me.
I am not an organized person; I really have to work at it. I ached and was exhausted by bedtime, which came quite late.
I have learned a few things that are holding me back from an ORGANIZED state and may be helpful to you:
CHOOSE AREAS OF WORK. What are the three main areas of work for you? For me it was writing nonfiction, fiction and historical research.
LOOK AT SPACE. Determine what amount of space you have available.
PUT LIKES TOGETHER AND PURGE. Place similar things in piles and see what you have. Put books, notebooks and files in separate stacks. Then purge.
LET GO. You have to say, “let go” at some point. I found magazines and papers I have had for over 25 years. I found a typed outline of notes from a 1996 conference I attended. Many of them have no lasting value and they are taking up space. But, I am a keeper and found it difficult to throw one out even when I had two copies!
TRY SOMETHING. Don’t think that once you put something somewhere it has to stay there. You can remove it and put it somewhere else, if it doesn’t work.
How about you? Do you have one tip of organization that you could share?