Today is the first day of spring and what better way to start those spring cleaning projects. Today I’m going to start with my workspace.
Organize your Workspace:
My workspace is the main part of my room where I write down ideas, schoolwork, work on projects, etc. As busy moms sometimes the workspace becomes the catch all area. Reading books, hair products, lotion, combs, brushes, paperwork, bills, etc. I had it all… Every Monday morning, I go to a moms group called: MOPS (Mother’s of preschoolers International) and we meet 2x a month, we get to hang out with other moms and eat.
At this particular meeting, we had a speaker named Peggy W. Barnes who is life coach, organizer and speaker, she gave great tips and spoke on being the “Organized Mom” What does it take to be her? You know, that person that has everything in its place, organized and clean… As moms… No one has time for that! (Lol!) So Peggy gave us some great tips to stay organize and encouraged us that what works for one mom, may not work for someone else.
Why you should declutter:
Here are a few reasons why, having a cluttered workspace can cause stress, anxiety, and guilt, from the article Psychology Today.
Clutter bombards our minds with excessive stimuli, causing our brains to work over time. As moms, our brains already working overtime. We don’t need anything, unnecessary, stopping our creativity as mompreneurs.
Clutter makes it hard for us to relax physically and mentally. We need a space as mompreneurs to get things done.
Clutter causes us to get anxious and guilt. We don’t need this in our lives at all.
Here are some Quick Tips to get you started:
I was tired of looking at my cluttered workspace. I do everything at my desk. I go to school, online, I blog and vlog, full time. So a lot of my time is spent at this desk. You look at this video, where I exercise and show my cluttered desk… It was like this for about a month!
Declutter– Limit the amount of items on your workspace. If you have projects, don’t use post-it notes, use your planner or the calendar on your phone (Which is what I use), to write down anything that needs to be done.
Utilize– Use what your not using. In the video I had a box I got from the dollar store, I had pushed aside that I wasn’t using and ended up using that for my desk. In the video, I mentioned my box was used for my memory cards and anything related to my computer. It’s out of the way from little, curious hands that like to get into things (Out of sight out of mind).
Minimize– Throw away as much as possible. I had a plastic bag and it was very helpful to just go through all of the unnecessary paper that was creating clutter in my work area. Anything I was not using or would ever use was thrown away.
Organize– Everything needs to have a home. The papers I did need, I had a spare folder and put that on the side of my computer desk. Easy access to the things I need. Anything I will need later, I can easily get to, without having to stress to look for it.
Inspire– Hang something that helps to motivate, inspire and encourage you to think, create and inspire. In the video I have a plaque of a poem, my husband wrote me (Everytime, I look at it, it causes me to smile, it makes me happy). I also have an inspirational quote, I LIVE by and it’s a great reminder for me in the things I do in my school and work life.