On Monday and Tuesday I made some time to declutter my work station. Well actually I decided to eliminate my work station completely since I never do any work there. After we donated our very old desk top computer early last year, we got a new laptop computer to replace it. My original plan was to then donate the desk which never happened. Instead the desk turned a sewing station and continual home for the printer. I do not sew regularly, nor am I printing documents every day. The desk was now a storage unit for all things office related, sewing related, and miscellaneous.
I love having more space than anything else, most likely because in dance studios beauty is always created in that open space.
I’m still a dancer and always will be. To this day having the open space and wood floors allows me the flexibility to dance and stretch, and also pull out the portable ballet barre when needed. It is also nice to be able to lay out yoga mats without needing to move anything when my husband and I do yoga together.
I tend to write articles at the kitchen table or on the floor at the coffee table. I decided that I can easily move my sewing machine to the kitchen table if I plan to sew something just as I did before when we had the desk top computer. In the meantime I’ve moved my sewing machine to my closet.
I am realizing that when I have furniture that I do not use or anything that has drawers or compartments, it tends to become storage for clutter.
This project isn’t complete just yet. I still need to discard a few things that were “stored” in the desk, while giving a few other things that I do use a new home. It takes consistent effort to monitor what I bring home and what I decide to keep. Although it makes sense to have organizational compartments, my goal was always to eliminate the storage containers completely. I know that this consistent decluttering will also make it easier when it comes time to move which I hope to do soon.
Without the desk there is much more room in our living room and I know that it won’t be missed. What is gained is a new space to crochet and read that feels better than having my favorite blue vintage chair in the middle of the room by the television. To see more from my home go here. To learn more about my decluttering process Decluttering 101 is the article to read. I wish all of you who are traveling today and tomorrow a safe trip and a very Happy Thanksgiving!
What are you grateful for today?
(Images by Dawn Michelle)