The geekdaddy and I are currently undertaking a rather sporadic decluttering project. Having lived in the same house for 14 years now we’ve acquired a lot of junk and clutter, and neither of us are what I would call naturally tidy people. We’ve made great improvements to the lounge and kitchen over the last few months, and our attention has now turned to our office. In our office (which used to be the dining room) we have installed four desks which over time have become more and more hidden by piles of paperwork and miscellaneous clutter. We have a long term plan to remove one desk and replace it with shelving which will give us more space to put things, and hopefully reduce the clutter, but we need to do a bit of a sliding puzzle to move stuff around enough to get the shelves in to start with.
I’d been on the look out for an under-desk pedestal to give my workspace a little more storage space, but everything I’d seen was too expensive. On a whim the other day I decided to see if Ikea did anything suitable, and was delighted to discover the Goliat – a £25 pedestal unit. Perfect! So perfect, in fact, that I ordered two – you can never have too much storage space right?
Yesterday morning my new pedestal was delivered, flat-packed of course, and the geekdaddy put it all together for me (with a bit of help from the kids!). He then distracted the kids with LEGO for most of the afternoon whilst I completely blitzed my desk. I found a buried trove of treasure, including all the receipts for the nursery furniture we bought 7 years ago, and several credit cards that expired at least three years ago! Much stuff was thrown out, and the things I still need were filed away into my new pedestal. It was quite a dramatic transformation.
Sadly I didn’t think to take the “before” photo (and I’m not sure I’d have wanted to share it with you even if I had taken it!). But I am rather proud of the “after”:
I already feel happier sitting here to work, and I’m looking forward to getting the rest of the office sorted now!