I worked on the smallest bedroom in the house way back here. It’s kind of a girly space so I call it “The Diva Room.”
Since this room wasn’t changing during the major renovation, once it was painted and cleared up we used it to house all kinds of clutter that we would later need to sort.
While we’ve used this cozy room as a guest quarters when we have a full house, it’s also our office in the home. The desktop computer, printer, copier, fax machine, and files are all housed in the little niche behind the closet.
I share this office space with Charlie so it’s not easy to keep the desktop clutter free. I don’t throw his stuff away and I hope he doesn’t throw mine. I use the top drawer in the file cabinet and he uses the bottom one. Maybe I can just file his extraneous papers in the bottom drawer in a “pending” folder.
Chrissy at Organise My House has a 20 week decluttering scheme with a worksheet that admonishes to answer these questions before starting to move things. In general I’m not a successful declutterer probably because I jump right in and don’t really assess the situation. So starting in this tiny room with big intentions I’ll begin with “The Assessment” this time.
QUESTION – What do you do in this room?
This room is a guest room. We also use it as an office where we keep bills, financial files, a computer that is NOT connected to the internet on which I store my electronic checkbook and from which Charlie prints his music gig invoices. It is used more often as an office than a guest room.
QUESTION – Based on what you do in this room, what do you need in this room?
As an infrequent guest room we need:
- a bed
- a side table
- drawers for storage
- a chair
- place for a suitcase
- light and/or lamps
- some hanging space
As an office we need:
- a desk
- a chair
- file storage
- a computer
- a phone
- a fax
- a printer
- a copier
- office supplies: tape, stapler, clips, etc.
QUESTION – Is there anything else you want/need to store in this room?
I would like to keep the papers, designs, and swatches from the house renovation in the tall chest of drawers. In the tiny closet I would like to keep gowns and costumes which are not worn often.
After forging a path to the desk I dusted the electronics with a microfiber cloth and vacuumed the rug and floor including the tangle of wires near the printer.
So far I’ve found about 10 staplers – not staple guns, staplers – which will be reassigned. Why do we keep 10 staplers? Why can’t we find a stapler when we need one?
Next on the list: Relocate one-by-one the clothing on the bed. Still on hangers, every piece is not a pearl and I hope to be ruthless in my purge.
What are you tired of in 2015?