Our household has been in the midst of serious remodeling for the past two years. My husband decided he wanted to renovate our out-of-date kitchen first, and that led to new floors in all the back bedrooms. Of course, you can’t have new wood floors without painting and installing new closet inserts. At least you can’t in our house.
In his defense, my husband does all the work with my son. That’s actually the reason I don’t provide much “input” other than approving all the colors my husband has already picked out for me to choose from.
But now it has come down to the most serious of all spaces: my office.
I’m convinced that once I get all my reference books together with my research notebooks, my computer and various other writing materials, that I will be a prolific if not necessarily gifted writer. But — the cleaning out and organizing of “stuff” has to come before the remodeling.
Learning that 82% of what we keep we never use was a huge incentive for clearing out the office. Fortunately, as part of my job for the library system, I arranged several organizational workshops and I learned about a great system: S.P.A.C.E.
Sort – create different bags or boxes for things to keep, toss, giveaway, move or sell.
Purge – decide what to donate, toss, sell or store based on criteria. Have you used it in the past year? Is it broken? Would it be expensive to replace? Does it meet the current purpose of the space?
Assign – create zones such as active use, reference, archive.
Contain – use shelves, drawers, bins, bags and creative storage ideas to hold the items you are keeping.
Equalize – develop a new habit of maintaining the space. Don’t put it down, put it away!
The first steps were accomplished this weekend, and I look forward to posting an update when the “Steampunk Office” is completed later this summer.