If you have seen National Treasure you know what I’m going for here. Today, I invite you to sit down at your desk … and clean it out … if you can. If your desk is totally overwhelming, just start by removing 27 items. If you actually find a national treasure, call the Smithsonian, not Nick Cage. (And please, credit me with the discovery!)
Twenty-seven items to remove from your desk (no secret combination necessary):
- Grocery store ads
- Church bulletins
- Envelopes from bills that you paid online
- Broken pencils
- Dried up pens
- Red pens – or any color that you don’t use
- Kids toys
- Anything that was ripped out of a magazine
- Receipts – scan first if you need them for tax purposes
- JUNK MAIL
- Cards that someone sent you
- Old printer ink cartridges
- Business cards – scan or enter into your computer or phone
- Old photos
- Kids “art” projects
- Broken stapler
- Staples that don’t fit in your stapler
- Paper clips – when is the last time you used one?
- Paper weights
- Paper bills – Get these switched to on-line
- Checkbooks for accounts you no longer have
- Charging cords that don’t work or don’t fit
- Old cough drops, gum, mints, etc.
- Old “TO DO” lists
- Your chair if it’s broken, uncomfortable, or you don’t use it anyway
- Anything that isn’t yours
Don’t overwhelm yourself. If you haven’t seen the top of your desk in years, just start with ONE pile or ONE drawer. Remove the items you KNOW you don’t need and you will have the space you need to work on the rest of the items. Move quickly and you will be amazed at how much you are shredding, burning, recycling and throwing away!
The AMAZINGLY SIMPLE way to declutter your desk (and pretend that you are in a movie)!