Would you like to know how to declutter your office? I can give you a very recent and personal example. Remember yesterday when I said the minimalist perspective isn’t for everyone, maybe even your spouse? Well, that’s still true.
But I had a cool opportunity to put my passion to good use when my husband texted me the other day to say he was feeling cramped in our home office. I’ve posted pics on Facebook before about how the shelving in our rental home is a frustration to us because they look odd empty and we don’t want to fill them up. Chris has always been supportive in approaching things with a minimalist mindset, and he’d had enough and invited me to minimize some clutter for a more peaceful work environment. It was time to have a decluttered office!
Here’s a BEFORE pic:
As you can see, it wasn’t horrible. I think the fact that much of the rest of our home is more peaceful feeling is what made the office feel even less so. The main issue was that, with unnecessary items hanging around, the environment wasn’t comfortable to work in.
My approach was simple and took about 45 minutes.
1) Clear off all the shelves.
2) Put the unnecessary shelves under our guest bed.
3) Remove the second chair (not shown), the second in/out box tray set, and the smaller framed photos (which felt too small for the scale of the wall unit).
4) Only add back what is needed. In this case it was a printer, monitor, laptop, phone, and a chair. A few decorative items were left to add color.
Here’s the AFTER pic:
I believe our environments can positively or negatively affect our creativity. Until this week I’ve avoided doing work in the office, and yet I happen to be typing in this very office right now due largely in part to the fact that the room is now much more peaceful.
What could you remove from your office today to make for a more enjoyable work experience?
Dana Byers and her family are passionate about adoption and online ministry, and they sold all they owned in 2007 to live a mobile lifestyle overseas and expand online ministry practices globally. She’s the author of “The Art of Online Ministry” and recently moved to Oklahoma to become the Community Pastor for LifeChurch.tv Church Online. All opinions shared here are expressly her own.