Please note that if some of the drawers in your desk are file drawers, those are dealt with explicitly in the Declutter File Clutter mission here on the site, which discusses getting rid of papers within your filing system that you no longer need.
All of these things are often found in your home office desk drawers, so to the extent you've already decluttered them today's task will be simpler.
However, if you haven't done those other missions yet, no worries, today is the day. Take this mission 15 minutes at a time and you'll get it done!
Because drawers are a small space it is easiest when tackling them to empty everything out of the drawer and then sort through each item, deciding if you should keep it in a desk drawer, put it away somewhere else in your home, or declutter it completely from your home. Each item should earn it's spot back into the drawer.
I suggest you do only one drawer at a time in your desk, to make sure you don't make more of a mess than you can clean up in a short period of time, and set your timer for 15 minute decluttering sessions.
Once you've decluttered all of your desk drawers then, and only then, would I, to the extent necessary, combine and rearrange items within those drawers to make them more organized. There's no use in organizing the drawers until the clutter is removed from each of them.
To get you inspired to do this mission for yourself, and so you can see the great results you can achieve when decluttering your desk drawers, I've added before and after photos sent in by readers, below. In addition, I want to thank a reader, Holly, who not only has some photos showcased below, but also provided the photos above to show her results as she worked to declutter her kitchen desk drawers.
Before & After Photos Showing Decluttered Desk Drawers
As promised, here are quite a few before and after photos from readers who've done this mission, showing the results they have achieved as they decluttered their desk drawers.
As you can see, taking a bit of time to remove clutter makes the drawers so much more functional, and easy to find the items you really want and need within them.
The photos above are from Holly, who explained that she needed to declutter her kitchen desk drawers. She removed all of the items from the drawers, cleaned them out of dust and debris, and then slowly added back only non-clutter items back into the space.
These photos are from another reader, Jana, who also got rid of the clutter in her own desk drawers. Great job Jana!
Once you've done this mission I'd love to see your results too. You can submit your photos here and the best one will be featured here on the site.
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Once you declutter one type of item in your home I bet you'll want to declutter some more. After all, decluttering gives you a great reward for even a small investment of time and energy.
The Declutter 365 system is designed to help you declutter, over the course of a year, your entire house, with just 15 minutes of decluttering each day!
Hundreds of thousands of people use this proven system to get rid of their clutter, and bring peace and calm back to their homes.
Declutter 365 works to guide you to clear the clutter without overwhelm, focusing on just one small area at a time, and without making a huge mess in the process, so you see consistent forward progress without all that "messy middle" that makes it even harder to function in your home than before you started.
In addition to building a daily decluttering habit, the Declutter 365 program, along with the accompanying 52 Week Organized Home Challenge, teaches you the skills, habits, routines, and mindsets necessary to maintain the clutter free and organized state of your home from now on, so it'll never be as messy and cluttered as it is right now, ever again.
If you haven't already, make sure to get your copy of this year's Declutter 365 annual calendar here (it's FREE!), find today's date, and do 15 minutes of decluttering on the day's mission. Then, repeat again tomorrow, and again and again. Over the course of the next year, if you do this 15 minutes per day, you'll declutter your whole house!