Shoeaholic No More



January 2014



De-cluttering Horizontal Surfaces

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I had a limited amount of time for my de-cluttering “project” the weekend before last. I decided to tackle 2 horizontal surfaces that are magnets for clutter: my dresser and a card table I am currently using in the office as a work surface/desk.

This is my dresser before. Many of these things don’t even belong here. I know it’s weird that I don’t have a photo in that frame in the corner… Maybe if I can’t one to go in there soon it’s clutter?! I never thought about that until I was writing this, I didn’t even think of that while I was working on this space. The idea that taking photos of your space to give you a different perspective has just proved itself.
This is the card table I use as a desk. I haven’t purchased furniture for my office. I hope to in the future but not until my consumer debt is paid back and I have cash in hand. This surface is so cluttered I can’t use it as I intended, so I’ve been doing all my paperwork on the dining table which is not ideal.
I decided not to focus on the whole room in this case. I simply wanted to clear off the dresser and the table. The rest of the room may still be a disaster (the office) BUT all I had time to focus on was the table.
The only things I got rid of are these:
Don’t worry, I did recycle them. Everything else was just stuff not in it’s place. I put all of it away. Afterwards, the surfaces look like this:
I know there’s still clutter around and under the desk, but again I was focusing only on de-cluttering the desk surface for the time being. (Ignore my dust please!)
The dresser looks infinitely better too. I think I slept better that night, the room is more peaceful, and I feel less stressed when there isn’t crap clutter everywhere.
Both rooms still need work, but I am making great de-cluttering progress.

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Kayla is a mid-20s single girl living in the Midwest, USA. She is focused on paying off her consumer and student loans, while simplifying her life and closet. You can join her on her journey at ShoeaholicNoMore or follow her on Twitter.


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