Can’t Do It All? You Can Do This!

Can't Do It All? You Can Do This!

Do you have a space in your house that has become the catch-all for everything that doesn’t have a home? We do, and it’s our office.

When people come over and we need to stash a pile of books or a craft project that’s in-process, it gets shoved in the office. We shut the door and choose to deal with it later.

The problem? We rarely go back and deal with it. The stashed goods create piles that continue to grow.

The other problem? I happen to be a bit very OCD about my workspace. I’m never productive when my space is filled with clutter. The office being cluttered has caused major problems with my productivity levels.

I’d love to lock myself in the office for two days straight and get the whole thing cleaned and organized and be done with it. Whew. That would be amazing. Unfortunately that just isn’t possible right now. With homeschooling and design projects with deadlines, I need a different approach.

Eating the Elephant

One bite at a time, right? That’s what I realized today. I could either come into the office and try to plow through my work day without fixing the chaos, OR I could make a small dent in the clutter and then get to work.

I chose to make a small dent by spending ten minutes putting away a layer of stuff. While it didn’t make a huge difference in the overall feel of the office, it made a major difference in my ability to cope with the clutter. I know that the burden is slightly lighter.

But It’s Still a Mess

Yes… Yes, it is. But I’m motivated now. I know that I can spend ten minutes and make a difference. And if I do that a couple of times each day, I’ll have spent a couple of hours this week. I’m guessing that a couple of hours of decluttering and organizing will make a big difference.

Do yo have a messy zone like my office? Want to join me in making a dent in the chaos?

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Worth Reading This Weekend

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Dolphin Tale 2 Free Homeschool Curriculum {Plus a Giveaway}

Dolphin Tale 2 Free Homeschool Curriculum

If you've watched any TV or listened to any radio lately, I'm guessing you may have seen or heard the previews for Dolphin Tale 2. Emma is SO excited about this movie. I'm guessing that part of it comes from her study of swimming creatures last year. … {Click to read the full article}

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Five Free Kindle Books

Out of the Storm Free Kindle Book

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My Week in Pictures

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I just cleared the pictures off of my phone's camera, and I realized how many everyday pictures I had stored on there. Just for fun, I thought I'd share a few of them and give you a peek into the past week around here. This picture pretty much … {Click to read the full article}

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How We’re Preparing to do Battle with Viruses

How We Battle Viruses

A respiratory illness that has already sickened more than a thousand children in 10 states is likely to become a nationwide problem, doctors say. ~ ABC News Statements like that can cause panic to strike the heart of parents, even the parents of … {Click to read the full article}

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