We've said this to our kids many times. Now it's our turn. TQS did articles in the past on organization and you have books and articles you have read over the years. So it is NOT a lack of information that is cluttering your life. It is lack of motivation. So today we are becoming your personal trainer.

Let's start with your office. This week (today) get your office organized. Here is how. First attack the paper mess.

Get 4 folders and a trash can. Label the folders:

  1. Bills  - This will include anything banking plus all bills.
  2. Reading - This is for items you need to read but haven't gotten to yet.
  3. Activities - This is for quilting, art, family activities, and church.
  4. Filing - Items that just need to be filed. Be sure they need to be kept. Many things are now retrievable on your computer.
  5. Trash Can - Be vicious. Throw everything away that doesn't make you cry to part with.

KEY:  Don't work on any of the papers. Put them in the folders and get the mess organized. This should not take more than 15 minutes - 2 hours. Once you finish you will have a good idea of what needs to be worked on right now.

#10 Pennylm 2019-03-27 05:59
We recently moved from one State to another and I am feeling buried in paper work. The taxes are done and some of the filing, but there is still so much to do including reorganizing filing drawers. Thanks for the great tip. This is next on my list. Happily, my desk does not look like the one in the photo, but I bet that whoever it belongs to has some kind of idea where things are. Even the biggest messes have some type of organization.
#9 Candie Quilter 2019-03-19 12:25
Sad to say it looks like my sewing room when I have projects going. I like the idea of fold and trash can side by side and to not review stuff but to just make order and declutter first.
#8 Michele 2017-01-03 15:06
I started last week! Both my desk and my sewing room!
The REALLY hard part is keeping that way - gotta train!!!
#7 babawawa 2017-01-03 11:04
Less guilting. More quilting. Please. After a year long tutorial about organization I would love to see the space used for quilting lessons!
#6 Barbara 2017-01-02 23:19
Wow ! And I thought my mess was bad. I don't bother with organization but just work from the top down. This is why I love winter. By the time spring arrives, things are starting to look fairly reasonable and I feel much better about myself.
#5 shirley 2017-01-02 16:51
WOW Looks like they need a filing cabinet and a shredder
#4 Carol 2017-01-02 12:58
I am in the process of doing this now, but I have 2 more receptacles:
To be shredded
#3 Gloria Smith 2017-01-02 12:53
:lol: looks like one of my previous bosses desk!! It was hard to believe but he was able to find any document he needed!!
#2 Kay 2017-01-02 12:27
Sad to say but this doesn't look too bad. If we started getting rid of papers today, it would take more than 2 weeks.
#1 Joanie quilter 2017-01-02 10:21
OMGosh. Is this for real? It's even beyond my husband's mess.!!!
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