Housekeeping Organization

This Desk Makeover Is the Only Decluttering Motivation You Need

It seriously sparks joy.

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When Texas-based blogger and designer Jessica Nickerson decluttered her home office, she discovered an unexpected perk of tidying up: Making over $2,000 by selling unwanted items on Facebook Marketplace.  Who knew getting rid of your personal belongings could be so revitalizing? If you need a little motivational kick start a spring cleaning session, look no further than her desk transformation. Keep reading to see how Nickerson spruced up her space.

Courtesy of Jessica Nickerson

Courtesy of Jessica Nickerson

Stick to a scheme

Nickerson recommends starting with a clear color palette to make a room cohesive. Think about the hues you love to surround yourself with, and go from there. “Green is my favorite color! I’m just drawn to it, so it stayed,” shares the designer.

Don’t wait to declutter all at once

Organizing can feel overwhelming when done infrequently. Instead, try to break it down into multiple small tidying sessions. “I’m constantly editing what I have. If I don’t enjoy looking at it while dusting it, then I ask myself why I’m wasting time and energy on it,” says Nickerson.

Eliminate distractions

“Whenever there are fewer things to distract you and pull your attention, you can be more productive,” explains Nickerson. Make a list of everything you’d classify as a necessity, then pare back the rest.

Don’t throw away those unwanted items

Think twice before tossing books, furniture, or decor. Instead, Nickerson recommends selling the piece. “If the profit from the item is not worth my time to list, it’s easier to donate,” she adds. After all, one person’s trash is another’s treasure. 

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