EMM Office Transformation: Before & During

My office a few hours before purging the space with Chrissy

My office a few hours before purging the space with Chrissy

So I did this thing. If you follow me on social media, you know that I let a professional organizer loose in my office. The space was cluttered and unorganized - two things I cannot stand. It was a reflection of my once scattered self. That scattered-ness could not go with me into the next level.

When I began my entrepreneurial journey, I did not know how to organize anything. That was okay for a little bit. However, instead of eventually getting it together, the disorganization snowballed.

My file cabinet became the biggest two drawer junk drawer I’ve ever had. Papers, unopened envelopes, double files, out-dated files…as someone who used to pride myself on being organized and clean, it was embarrassing.

My white board was covered in both business and Harper’s scribbles. The white board scribbles weren’t bad (I love that she loves being in my office), but the ones on the wall were irritating.

My office shelves a few hours before go time

My office shelves a few hours before go time

I just could not function well. Every time I tried to organize, children seemed to pop up. Either it was time to pick up one from school, which is normal since we are there three times a day, or they were needing something from me. The number of half-starts I got in this space is unbelievable.

Chrissy, a fellow business owner, popped up on my radar and the rest is history. We had actually connected a few years ago via another business opportunity. Create Your Space Colorado (you can also follow on IG and Facebook) ended up being the perfect choice. I cannot wait to share why in the after post!

After a two-and-a-half hour purge. Poor Alexa is just a hot mess on that shelf with her cord hanging down like that.

After a two-and-a-half hour purge. Poor Alexa is just a hot mess on that shelf with her cord hanging down like that.

We broke up a five hour time block into two appointments. The first half was dedicated to emptying the office. I was sooo excited for this portion! The space needed a major energetic lift. Donating and throwing away stuff always makes a huge difference. If you feel the need to shift energy or lighten a space, deal with the stuff! I imagine Chrissy was happy to find that I have no problem parting with stuff. My pile of “must keep” was small. We had a few different piles: keep, donate, throw away, and put away somewhere else. For instance, some of the books on my shelves really belonged on the upstairs loft built-ins. My kids had random belongings stashed in the office. I also had things that never quite made it back upstairs.

Chrissy offered to donate my items for me. Since I am really good at getting stuff out of my house, I declined. The best discovery a few years ago was that I could go to pickupplease.org and schedule an at-home pick up. That has seriously been life changing. We don’t drive around with stuff in the back of the car or have piles sitting around the house for long periods of time.

The “put it away where it really belongs” pile. Ha!

The “put it away where it really belongs” pile. Ha!

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Chrissy researched and bought all the supplies. She stayed within budget and used a lot of what I already had. She paid attention to the EMM brand and overall feel of my office. Her attention to detail is fantastic! Spending time with her was just as wonderful. I wanted her to stay and help me with the rest of my house!

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Even better was her ease with the kids being around as we worked. It was not my ideal scenario, but Matt was still sleeping off the nightshift. Chrissy did not bat an eye and even let Harper help. They were excited to see it all come together, too.

I cannot wait to reveal what we did in the next post!