If anyone is keeping track, which I'm sure you are (Hi Mom!), I was supposed to tackle the garage this month. But hourly blizzards and ice storms have made it less than appealing to trek out to our unheated detached garage to untangle jump ropes. Hopefully we'll experience a warm up by Independence Day.
It was warmer—if not safer—to tuck under my desk, where years-worth of junk had accumulated. I started as I always do with these big projects: I pulled everything out into the middle of the room. Then I dusted and cleaned under there.
I have an extensive library of magazines that I use as reference materials for my work as a freelance writer. I also have some published pieces in them that I hope to someday share with/torture my children. I spent a couple of hours culling out what I really had to keep, and placing the issues in IKEA's Kassett cardboard boxes ($6.99 for a set of 2). The rest I recycled and donated to school for kids' art projects. They fit perfectly under my desk, which is an old library table I bought at a secondhand store. When I brought it home years ago, it was a little short for today's ergonomic office chairs and computer keyboards. So I added large casters to the legs.
The white bins hold bulky paint fan decks (for work) and recycling. A professional home organizer once told me you should have a recycling bin on every floor of your house to catch all those toothpaste boxes and toilet paper tubes that may not make it downstairs to the main bin.
You'll also notice the exercise ball is still there. It gathers the most dust of anything.