The No Spend Challenge – Day 19: Clean the Home Office

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Jonathan graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Ouachita Baptist University. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. While he works for a contractor buying specialized tools, his passion is personal finance, frugal living, blogging, and stewardship.

This is the Nineteenth day of The No Spend Challenge. To read all posts in order start with Day One. Read a summary of the challenge and view all 31 days in a list format here.  

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Welcome to day 19! Today our assignment is to clean our home office area (or wherever you keep your bills and paperwork).

We have only 2 days of cleaning left for the month! Whether your office is a corner in your bedroom or a corner in the bedroom, keeping paperwork and bills in order is essential.

When I have envelopes all over the place and unopened mail it can easily become overwhelming. It’s easy for me to simply ignore them for a few days and become disheartened about my family’s financial health.

Before & After Home Office

Here’s 10 tips on how to clean your home office area:

  1. Start out by getting a large trash can, shredder, and recycle bin.
  2. Clear out your desk.
    a. Return anything that doesn’t belong to another room(s).
    b. Put paperwork, bills, & envelopes in a pile for sorting purposes later.
  3. Empty your desk drawers.
    a. Add any paperwork or receipts to the sort pile.
    b. Put like items together.
    c. Return what doesn’t belong in the drawers to another room(s).
    d. Toss broken or damaged items into the trash.
  4. Re-organize your desk drawers.
    a. Use dividers or create dividers with supplies you have around the house. Shoe boxes are good idea. Check out these show box organizational ideas from Pinterest.
    b. Put similar items together.
    c. Limit drawer items to things you regularly use. Check out these great ideas for re-orgazing draws on Pinterest.

    Organize pens & pencils
  5. Organize pens, pencils, highlighters, etc.
    a. Grab a piece of paper. Doesn’t have to be new.
    b. Test all pens, pencils, & highlighters.
    c. Throw away any that don’t work anymore.
    d. Use a cup or pencil holder to store them neatly on your desk.
  6. Sort through paperwork, bills, & envelopes
    a. Separate and file anything that is essential for record keeping
    b. Throw out anything that is no longer needed or expired. Except for BILLS!
    c. Sort through bills and prepare them for payment. If you’re paying online make sure to check your budget, balance, and checkbook (if you still use one).
    d. Recycle outdated business cards, letterheads, or junk mail.
    e. Gather post it notes, flyers, or other notes. Add them to one master to do list on a separate sheet of paper or calendar. Check out these ideas for paperwork organization on Pinterest.
  7. Organize electrical cords.
  8. Organize cabinets or other storage areas.
  9. Clean and polish your desk.
  10. Dust shelves, sweep, and vacuum.

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Do you keep your home office neat and today? Do you need to give your home office a makeover? What does it look like today?

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Jonathan graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Ouachita Baptist University. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. While he works for a contractor buying specialized tools, his passion is personal finance, frugal living, blogging, and stewardship.

18 Comments

  1. #5 is something I do pretty regularly. With two kids roaming the house lids get left off markers and highlighters and if I don’t keep testing them I wind up grabbing dried out markers all too often. Thanks for the suggestions.

  2. Great tips! I love that you included the pinterest links too. We pay bills immediately and scan important papers instead of letting them clutter things up. Which means that the piles of papers all over my desk are all blog or homeschool related. 🙁

  3. Great tips! I’m pretty OCD so mine is tidy at the moment. But when it does get messy, it can be intimidating to start the cleaning task. This would be a good motivation to start.
    Blessings,

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