Shoeaholic No More



May 2014



Office Declutter: Before and Better

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I hesitated before writing this post because I didn’t think the “after” photos really give justice to the hours and hours (literally) I spent working on paper work and decluttering in my home office. The “after” photos of my office declutter are still not pretty. There’s still plenty of work to be done in there, but I decided to follow advice from Nony at A Slob Comes Clean‘s recent post: Being Okay with Better. I also decided to call them before and “better” photos, rather than before and “after” photos.

Here’s the before:

Office Before 2Office Before 3As you can see, the “office” is basically just my dumping ground at the moment. Mail, bills, magazines, and all kinds of random crap stuff just gets stashed in this room and on the black and white desk, which was also stashed in this room. It sits right in the middle of the room with only a small walkway around it.

Ideally, I’d like to get this room to where it can actually function as an office. Right now, I do most my paperwork and office work on my dining room table, which is not ideal because it is a bar-height table and it’s not comfortable to sit with my legs dangling for that long, I’m short so I can’t reach the bars on the stools very well to rest my feet on them.

Side note: my dogs like to “help” me with decluttering projects and you can spot them in these pics 🙂Office Before



After spending about 4 hours at a time 3-4 times for a total of about 16 hours, the office went from that to this:

Office Better 2Office Better 3Office Better

Now, you might be wondering why it took so many hours for this change. Long story short, I went through every single piece of paper in the 2 drawer file cabinet and from a couple of the paper piles on the black desk and the piles by the yellow plant in the before photos.

I shredded, tossed and “archived” all the papers that were from past years. I took out 3-4 13 gal bags of trash and shredding and I can now use my 2-drawer cabinet to hold the current year’s stuff, which was also on the black desk before.

Yes, I’m aware that the black desk is still covered in crap stuff, as is the black folding table, the big office chair and one corner of the room by the bookcase. Like I said before, this isn’t an after shot, it’s just a better shot. 🙂 I have a long way to go to be able to fit everything into my future Tiny House, but I can’t wait to get there!

Do you always finish projects or do you sometimes have to settle for better?

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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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