Yesterday I had a rare day off, so I tackled a huge project that’s been looming over my head.
My desk area. (Cue the ominous music.)
A little nook upstairs in our gameroom/playroom, it’s the perfect area for all my craft supplies and sewing machine. A few years ago, we decided to set up the desktop computer here as well.
I’m not even sure when I cleaned this area last, but it was long overdue. The junk had multiplied.
It took me most of the day. I ended up with three large bags for Goodwill, four big bags of trash, and a couple of boxes of stuff that needed to go back to where it belonged.
I changed out some of the artwork, pared down the craft supplies, threw out TONS of old papers, and now I’m excited to sit down and get to work.
A Desk Overhaul
Here’s a picture of what my desk looked like earlier in the week. It was a nightmare. And it’s almost impossible to get decent pictures because of how this nook is positioned in the room. It’s super shadowy, even in the middle of the day.
And here are some shots of the finished product.
I didn’t purchase anything new to organize this area, opting to use things I already had. I’m pleased with how it turned out and I hope I can manage to keep it tidy so I will actually enjoy working here.
Having a clean work space makes me happy.
Declutter Your Space, Change Your Outlook
It’s a radical thing to declutter a space that’s been untended for too long. It changes your perspective, your outlook. It gets you excited about new possibilities. It brings life into the mundane.
And there’s a spiritual lesson there of course. The more I read, the more I pray, the more I learn. . . the more I realize what a cluttered place my inner life is.
My soul has accumulated so much junk over the years. There are wrong beliefs, core lies, and false assumptions shoved shamefully into the secret places of my heart. I’ve given up precious real estate to thoughts and ideas that don’t belong. . .and they need to be rooted out.
When I cleaned out my desk area yesterday, I removed everything. Pulled it all out to the middle of the room as I dusted every inch of the furniture and vacuumed in all the crevices.
Once the area was clean, I slowly started putting things back.
- First the essentials. . . the things I use frequently.
- Then I put back anything useful, even if it’s not an everyday item.
- Finally, I added things that are dear to me, things that make me happy. . . photos of my kids, meaningful artwork, decorative touches, a scented candle.
If it didn’t fit into the category of necessary, useful, or dear, I ditched it. Only the things that mattered stayed. Everything else had to go.
The Art of Spiritual Decluttering
It’s what I long to do with my heart as well. To shine the light into the dark corners, clean them up and weed out the junk.
And then only keep what is needed, what is useful, what is dear and true and beloved.
A little spiritual housekeeping to match the decluttering extravaganza that is this first week in February.
I don’t know about you, but I feel inspired. I think February is going to be a great time to get started on some heart renovation.
What areas of your home or heart need to be cleaned up right now? What steps are you taking to get your 2016 decluttering underway? I’d love to hear your ideas and thoughts!