Elizabeth's Cure: An Officially Efficient Office

Liveblogging the January Cure 2014

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As a home-based freelancer, I spend a lot of time in my office or in coffee shops across the Twin Cities. So when it comes time to clean or spend a little money in my home, the last place I want to invest is the place where I work. It's just not very fun. The January Cure got me thinking it was time to change that.

My focus from the beginning of this cure has been on simplicity. This newfound clarity has me thinking about a two key questions as I go through every room in my home:

  1. What do I needin this space?
  2. If it's not a need, then will this item substantially add to my enjoyment of the space?

In the office, these questions become especially pertinent, because it's overrun with tech that I used to need, but no longer use, and the closet has become a repository for "deal with it later" paperwork and junk mail. My list for the office was simple:

  • Recycle or shred all old papers and files
  • Repaint the desk or get a new one
  • Clean out "junk" closet
  • Hang new art
  • Donate old tech

I decided to order a new desk (Target's Threshold Basic Desk) which matched the modern aesthetic of my previously unhung art (Half 2 print and Rocket Ship print). Overall, it was about $50 more than painting my old desk, but painting in my garage in Minnesota in January seemed unbearable.

Cleaning out the junk closet and recycling and shredding old papers and files was a slog, but it got done. It helped to pull all the papers out onto the floor and organize by toss, shred or recycle. The tech donations were easy thanks to these handy tips, and once those two tasks were tackled, there wasn't much left to clean in the closet.

The office wasn't necessarily a mess, but it wasn't efficient. Now, I'm feeling less stress when I walk into the room, and I'm even a little excited to see how the space evolves now that it's more of a clean slate.

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(Image credits: Elizabeth Giorgi)

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Liz is a writer and filmmaker from Minneapolis. She was nominated for a Webby and won an Emmy for Science of Watchmen, a documentary short about the physics in the comic book movie. She’s a tech obsessive, verified nerd and total Anglophile.

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