Minimizing the Office Closet

After tackling our wardrobe, our next rational minimalism project was tackling the guest room/office, mainly the office closet!

The closet wasn’t all that bad but it was full of several unused and unnecessary items that needed to go. It seems we’ve always had issues keeping our office clutter free.


This was a week long project! We worked on it several hours one weekend, worked in short spurts through the week and finished up the next weekend.

  1. Pull everything out of the closet. This helped us to thoroughly evaluate if items were necessary or not.
  2. Go through filed papers. We have a pretty good filing system but we tend to keep too much unnecessary paperwork {such as grocery receipts from 6 months ago!} We went through the file cabinet and probably shredded about half of the filed papers. We’re also considering getting a smaller file storage system so we can’t hold on to too much.
  3. Go through storage totes. My husband had cables, power cords, batteries and all other kinds of electronic accessories in 3 storage tubs. We went through these and consolidated down to 2! {A bonus, we needed a storage tote for Paxton’s outgrown baby clothes. One of the totes were repurposed which saved money!}
  4. If an item isn’t being used, let it go! We had several electronics that we just don’t use any longer that were just taking up valuable space.
  5. Sell unwanted items. We listed several items on Craigslist and so far have sold an old cell phone and DVD player and have made $40 off of our clutter! We also may list a few items on eBay.

The left side of the closet which contains mostly empty boxes. My husband likes to hold onto electronic boxes claiming it makes them more valuable upon resale. Since he likes to upgrade gadgets fairly often I’m okay with holding onto some of those boxes.

The right side holds our old FFA jackets in the garment bag, a few toys from John David’s childhood, totes of electronic gear and cameras. The cameras, which are in the 3 large cases, may be leaving too since my husband rarely films now that he’s working as a technical director and filming is part of his job!

Our office may be very minimal to some and cluttered to others, but it is minimal, organized and simple to us. That’s the beauty of rational minimalism!

Do you have a home office? Is it cluttered with unnecessary paperwork and supplies? Have you reached the balance of keeping your office space simplified?



9 Replies to “Minimizing the Office Closet”

  1. Today we sold our old TV/VCR/DVDplayer/converterbox/accessories! I am VERY excited about this – now I can only watch purposeful TV on our computer, we made a little money, and we got some more space! (Oh, and this sort of relates to the office, because our apartment is so small it can *all* be the office, right?)

    1. Yay!! You're simplifying your life and your living space while making some money with that sale!! We also have a computer as a "TV" and the beauty of it is that we never "channel surf" we just watch our shows and that's it!

  2. Another important thing about saving boxes is many warranties are voided if you don't have the original packaging! We learned this the hard way, so I am having to come to terms holding onto them even though it seems like clutter to me!

  3. At the moment I am doing a declutter challenge so I am removing items from all rooms of the house. Once this challenge is over I am going to go room by room and organise and decluter further room by room. This process started when I realised that our office area was getting larger and larger and I wanted to create space in the conservatory for armchairs so the office area had to be downsized significantly! Stacey x

  4. We used to have a seperate guestroom thaat doubled as our office. Then we moved into a smaller apartment and added a baby! So the office space disappeared and we had to get creative. I purged so much unnecessary clutter! Now, we have a small corner in the dining room dedicated to office space – it is very minimal and I love it!

    1. Glad your new office space is working for you in your smaller apartment! I must admit I'm a tiny bit jealous…I wish our office space was more minimal! I also have my desk in the living room…it's fairly minimal! Essentially the guest room/office is my hubby's "play room"!

  5. It looks great! I love empty closets. It makes me so happy to walk into my own and see all the space. 🙂

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