Organising the home office – Decluttering big items

My office has become a dumping ground for big items that don’t have a ‘home’. Exercise balls, a mirror, hiding behind the filing cabinet are old pictures we have taken off the wall and bits of cardboard for kid projects.

My next step to organising the office is to remove the ‘big’ items cluttering the room. The small items such as excess desk accessories, one to many staplers will come soon, but today we are concentrating on creating more space in the room.  

I have removed the exercise balls to an unused corner in our wardrobe.  I have put the mirror and pictures in my donations box as we don’t have the wall space anymore to hang them.    



Today’s task for you is to remove and find a better home for all the big items cluttering your office/workspace.

What is cluttering your space?


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Lea May 4, 2012 - 4:12 PM

Our study contains the remnants of a recent children’s room rearrangement. I have to sell or donate a cot, rocking chair and a baby rocker, as well as wait for council pick up to get rid of the mattresses. It’s been in the too hard basket, but I’m going to take photos and get it happening this weekend.

Katrina May 4, 2012 - 9:23 PM

You should Lea, make it the weekend to get ontop of it. Can you use gumtree to donate your items?

Amanda May 4, 2012 - 5:48 PM

This SO sounds like my study at the moment – last week I had a major decluttering day in there. Since losing our spare room (it became our daughter’s nursery), our study has become our ‘dumping ground’ – the home for items to be donated, items to be sold, items to be sorted etc. I’m gradually getting there but as you say, it’s the big items that need organising first before I can even contemplate sorting through drawers and so on 🙂

Katrina May 4, 2012 - 9:26 PM

That’s right, by getting rid of the big items it will help you to work out what you want to make of particular areas, easily access everything around these areas making it to organise the space. Would love to see a pic of your office when it is finished!

Metta4 May 4, 2012 - 7:22 PM

At the moment, my study is full of Sunday paper supplement magazines that I want to get around reading one day, loads of old photos that need sorting, paperwork and paid bills that I’ve been procrastinating for too long to do the filing, and general clutter bits and bobs that have no real home in the rest of the house (how do people manage that don’t have a spare room/study … where else does this ephemera end up?) I’ve been sorting through books and CDs this week that are now waiting to be put out for the Garage Sale Trail so hopefully I might get a few dollars out of them? 🙂

Alyce {Blossom Heart} May 4, 2012 - 7:56 PM

Can’t wait to set up our office/sewing room in Japan! Following this series avidly, thank you!

Katrina May 4, 2012 - 9:27 PM

I’m so excited for you and can just imagine all the gorgeous fabrics you will find over there!

Suse_T May 4, 2012 - 10:04 PM

I am at the moment a SAHM, but by profession an accountant. You will never guess which room has the most clutter at my house. The office is the one I procrastinate on so often. It is my dumping ground for all things I don’t want Master5, Miss3 and Master 10mths to touch, plus all the normal office stuff. It also has my sewing cabinet stuffed in the corner.
Today in the bit of time I had while Master 10mths was napping (currently teething so very clingy) I organised the paper that was on top of my printer. Only a small dent, but I am making a start.
Thanks for the motivation

Suse_T May 4, 2012 - 10:06 PM

 The amusing bit, in the paper was last years tax paperwork, lodged with the ATO, but not put away in my office and all the stuff for this coming year, which now has it’s own neat little file 🙂

Katrina May 5, 2012 - 8:57 AM

That is such a great start Suse_T and soon after making small little dents over a few days it will be one big achievement.


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