This desk was very unnerving every time I walked into Clara's room. It's been like this for a while and it is still school holidays, but honestly who wants to sit and work at such a desk? The problem for Clara was: where to start? From Magic Cleaning I learned this strategy:
Take everything off the desk -
and on the floor.
A big heap of pens, drawings, books, cards, wool, pearls, school stuff, horse paraphernalia, sea shells and all kind of knick-knacks a seven-year-old-girl amasses.
Clara: "I didn't know it was so much!"
(typical amazement according to Magic Cleaning)
And then declutter. Take every item into your hand and evaluate it. I did it together with Clara, what she liked, needed and wanted to keep. Some things went onto her bookshelves, but a lot of paper and bits and pieces went into the trash.
What was left on the desk?
Mostly things for drawing and writing.
Free space, fresh ideas.