Housekeeping: Office Drawer – Check!

Also known as: Like I said, this is a reason to blog. Clean up, part 1!

One of the things I keep on having to remind myself is this: things get done when you just do it. It’s very simple, but it’s always been the thing that goes away when I procrastinate over some things. Another thing I realized is the things I often procrastinate on doing usually don’t take too much time to do once I start doing it. You know how we put off some things for later because we feel like it would take ages to finish, but when you sit down and do it, it takes only a few minutes of your time? That. I am constantly realizing that, too.

The point is: I’ve decided to get moving on some of the things I listed down in my Housekeeping post. I managed to clean most of it in record time, and I am proud of myself. :D So part one of Clean! All! Things! to-do list is:

Organize my office cabinet. Or mobile pedestal, as we call it. Right now, I could fool myself into thinking that I have a nice, clean office cabinet since we got issued new ones after our nth move to another building in the last how many years. It barely contains anything — just some snacks, a notebook and my laptop when I go home after work — and I could think of so many ways to organize the things I can put in there…but alas. I can’t do that. Because I have an entire lateral cabinet-full of things that I have accumulated in the past four years I am in this company. And I need to clean that. Soon. Really soon.

A few days ago, I arrived at work with a note posted on my sort-of empty cabinet, about cataloging all the drawers and removing the ones that were unclaimed. I didn’t know if they also meant cleaning out the other lateral cabinets, but I thought it was…so I figured maybe I should stuff my things in there already and work on clearing it all out later on. Just to make sure my junk stuff are safe, you know?

So I got my things and I was surprised that it wasn’t really that bad. Okay, fine, I left some things at the lateral cabinet, things that I know I won’t be using anymore. The rest of the things, I was meaning to stuff in my drawer until I decided: What the heck. Let’s organize all these.

I ended up throwing some things, of course. The rest I managed to put in my cabinet and still have some leftover space. I know, I can hardly believe it either. Unfortunately, I don’t have before photos, but I have after!

Top drawer -- this used to be SO cluttered with so many papers. It came to a point that I didn't want to open this part because it had too many stuff.
Bottom drawer -- it's sort of full, but it wasn't as full like this before. I guess getting rid of those old, old training manuals help reduced the clutter.

And some “relics” inside my drawer:

My 7 Habits Manual - one of the favorite trainings I attended. :)
Old notes! From my first notebook at work! This contained a long list of pages I had to edit -- and this was also the same request that gave me my first serious client commendation. :) I love how color-coded it all was. Haha.
My summer outing ID. The first and only summer outing I attended at work (then again, we didn't have summer outings after that :p)

Ah, it’s so nice to check the drawers and see how organized they all are. Now the challenge is to keep them this way for as long as I can. :)

Of course now it occurred to me that I also have some more stuff in my colleague’s drawer because it couldn’t fit in mine. So I still have to check that out. Hm.


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