Happy National Clean Off Your Desk Day! It couldn't have come at a better time- I just got back to work after a little stay-cation and my work desk could have used a little tidying up. While I usually would have dreaded it, I've recently become obsessed with organization so cleaning my desk was a task I was looking forward to!

It's a new year and while I try to stray away from new year's resolutions, I decided this year I HAVE to make a change! I said the exact same thing two years ago when I discovered Marie Kondo's "KonMari Method" where you clean a mess up in hopes of "sparking joy". For the most part, I did it- but it only lasted a few weeks. After a few weeks of tidy drawers it went messy. 2020 was no help either, between the pandemic and political chaos, "sparking joy" was at the very bottom of the list. Then, something changed.

2020 was a hard year for mental health- and I was no stranger to it. While scrolling through TikTok- because that's my favorite place to be nowadays, I stumbled upon "organization" videos. The more I liked those type of videos, the more TikTok suggested more for me. I was oddly satisfying to see someone turn a messy area into a beautiful, organized area.

How satisfying are those videos?! I could spend hours watching them. However, I knew that just watching them wasn't going to make a difference in my life, I needed to actually get off my butt and do something! Then, I discovered "The Home Edit"- well, actually, the show is called "Get Organized with The Home Edit". The show centers on expert home organizers Clea and Joanna organizing the homes of celebrities and everyday people. It inspired me!

When it was time to put up our Christmas decorations, I gathered all the tools necessary to organize everything. I focused making sure there was a place for everything. I did the same when the time came to take down the Christmas decorations. I was able to handle one area at a time- living room, kitchen pantry, refrigerator, laundry room and closets.

It was definitely a huge project, and I don't think I'm quite done yet. What I've learned in the past two years that I've started this decluttering journey is it takes a lot of work. It's going to take maintenance and dedication- but it's also rewarding! The satisfaction of my shelves looking organized has definitely "sparked joy"- and it only took about two years for me to get it!

 

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