2011 resolution: Clean out and organize my home office

Pam's Office: "Before"

So now that the joy of Christmas is over falalalala, like a good American I am jumping right ahead to new year’s resolutions. Trust me, I think big, so my “official” list will be very hearty. But, at the top, for sure, is gonna be: Cleaning out and better organizing my home office — aka “the computer cave” — to accommodate my solidified real life as blogger and freelance writer. Oh, that also means figuring out what I am going to do about all the lovely and delightful treaures that I Must Rescue from the basements, nooks and crannies of Pittsfield estate sales. I must admit, I publish this photo with great trepidation. It showcases my hoarding gene. But, I think most of you Retro Renovators will understand. My love for It All is a blessing – and a curse. Now that I have gone public with my office nightmare, the pressure is on to clean it up and get it beautifully organized so that you may take my advice on how to create a beautiful retro home at least halfway seriously. I am filing this one under “Mid Mod Madness/Happiness” because, yes, Happiness is a Clean House.

  1. Feisty17 says:

    In order to *support* all of your resolutions I am happily willing to take off your hands anything you just don’t need 😉 ! I’m a twenty something, just bought my first house (mid century modest) and it currently doesn’t have enough stuff! I will sacrifice my space in order to help all of you (especially with those things from the earlier half of the twentieth century) reach your goal for the upcoming year. Consider it philanthropy!

  2. Tikimama says:

    Count me in on the declutter and organize pact with The Keepers of All Things Cool (that’s great, Staci)! I will even go so far as to shame myself into action by posting a photo of my mess, if that’s what you decide to do, Pam!

    I *did* give away several Christmas items this year as I was unpacking and decorating, though the number doesn’t come close to balancing out the vintage items I acquired this year….sigh.

  3. katie hatch says:

    i hear ya! thanks to everyone with all the other great links.
    my other resolution which dovetails…
    a place for everything and everything in it’s place…. with the “goal” of keeping it clean all year (and pigs will fly…but hey – positive thinking)

  4. CindyD says:

    Six years ago, my husband and I downsized to our 1955 ranch – 1/3 the size of our previous home, no basement, and down to a one-car garage. We rid ourselves of our acumulated ‘next projects’ and found the process extremely liberating. Now we only buy what is perfect and useful for our small home. We are knee-deep in our remodel right now, so things are in a state of chaos, but, with luck we will be finished by the end of January.

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