When your space is clear your mind is clear-you can work without distraction. — The Joy of Less, p. 160.
Why start at my home office? It’s where i write and coach others. I need a inspirational, functional workspace to enable my best self.
Philosophical Concept: “See your stuff for what it is” (Ch.1). Jay writes that our stuff can be divided into three main categories and two sub-categories:
- Useful stuff that must be USED to add value, not a potentially useful item (no duplicates)
- Beautiful stuff that adds aesthetic value to gaze upon and should be prominently placed to enjoy
- Emotional stuff, i.e. gifts, heirlooms, souvenirs…did you even want them in the first place?
- Two other categories:
- Other accumulated stuff, e.g., cleaners, leftover, stuff to display or contain stuff
- Other people’s stuff…be fair!
Do: Assess your stuff, engaging in questions about how it entered your life, how often you use/see it, how it would feel if you didn’t have it.
STREAMLINE: Starting Over (Ch.11).
Decluttering is infinitely easier when you think of it as deciding what to keep,
rather than deciding what to throw away — The Joy of Less, p. 67
The key to starting over is to take EVERYTHING out of the designated section….
Tip to self #1. STOP & clean the entire space well. Have a cleaner, paper towels and a trash can handy.
…then bring things back one-by-one selecting only what you truly love and need so you can “live lightly with function and beauty.”
My Home Office Story. The task was daunting so I started on my desk, then got motivated to clear my workspace…but rest took a week. When i asked for feedback our oldest daughter said, “curtains” that WERE torn and loaded with filth that’s embarrassing to admit. Jay’s office plan worked well, but since i sought light & inspiration i also removed the curtains and am trying natural lighting. My experience:
- Declutter. Start with the junk that’s broken, not usable anymore or you just don’t want.
- Narrow down to the bare essentials. Keep going. Get rid of the excess quick, so you don’t have second thoughts.
- Contain. “A place for everything in its space is the single best way to keep a tidy desk:” Modulization & setting limits were required. Our annual tax time file clean up (the month before) was very beneficial.
- Maintain. This my problem!!
To maintain my joyful office space i must:
Tip to self #2. Embrace tidiness: Don’t rush: put everything in its place before i move on.
Tip to self #3. Stick to essentials: Only buy what we need or i really want.
My BEFORE: AFTER Workspace Transformation
This post is 2nd in “The Joy of Less” blog series using book by Francine Jay. It’s part of my annual lenten quest of spiritual growth where i simplify, sacrifice and strive to embrace what our Lord wants me to be. It’s also part of my annual New Years Resolution Plan for 2017.
Where will your journey start?