In all my years in business I've never met a single person, client or otherwise, who doesn't have a space, a closet, or an entire Room of Mystery (AKA The Crap Room) where things tend to accumulate. Ours was the upstairs office.
When we moved into our home in 2002, I claimed the third bedroom as my office and it worked great for a few years. When we installed WiFi in the house, I was no longer tethered to that room by an ethernet cable so I came downstairs and set up a roll-top desk in the family room. Free at last, free at last!
At that point, my home office became nothing more than a storage area for my business files, supplies and a bunch of things relating to a side business that Christmas Boy had undertaken. We rarely went in there except to retrieve something from the closet.
Fast forward to 2015 and we've decided it's time for a change. We're moving next spring. But holy moly, how do we show the house with the dreaded Room of Mystery lurking just up the stairs?
We tore it apart. Everything came out. I consigned my desk, my office chair and other office furnishings with MoveLoot. We shredded and tossed garbage bags full of papers. We donated books and as much as we could of everything else. In the end, we got rid of most everything and the few things we did keep we stored elsewhere.
Kablam! What used to be an under-used, low-value storage space is now our home gym! We moved our stability ball, Bosu ball, dumbbells, kettle bells, exercise bands and a free weight bar out of the living room and into what used to be our Room of Mystery!
My upstairs office closet still holds the same supplies it always did, but I shrunk my physical business footprint to just a desk in the family room and two boxes beneath it. Simply by evaluating, streamlining, decluttering and shifting things around, we added a gym to our home without spending a dime or sacrificing one thing. How can YOU re-purpose your home or office space this year? Not sure? Call me and I'll come help you figure it out!