My mother has started to sarcastically refer to me as “Miss Organized Independent” whenever she sees my room a mess. Ahem…I may not be as organized as I seem. Take one look at my desk drawers and you’ll see that I’m really not as put-together as you might have thought by the title of my website. True- I love to organize. But.. I don’t always have time to tear my drawers apart and re-organize them in the middle of a hectic semester of college!
So I decided that I really needed to stop and take the time to organize my desk drawers. Maybe some of you, like me, are looking at your desk right now and thinking, Yeah. I probably should do some organizing too.
Fortunately for you and for my overloaded drawers, that’s exactly what this post is going to be about this week.
Step 1: Unload. Everything.
Taking everything out will give you a clean slate to work with, and will make the whole process a lot easier.
Go one drawer at a time. Trying to do everything all at once will be overwhelming and confusing! (Trust me, I tried it… and it looked like a tornado of papers had just whirled across my desk and left a record-breaking disaster.)
Step 2: Sort, sort, sort
Like me, your desk probably has an assortment of all kinds of paper, random items, and just plain junk. Grab a trash can and throw away anything you don’t need, like old receipts or junk mail.
For me, this is where folders became the best thing since sliced bread. I put all my blog pages in one folder, all my college papers in another folder, my bank papers in another folder and–yeah. You get the picture. If you’re overwhelmed with papers upon papers, sort them into similar categories, and find some files, binders, folders, or notebooks of some kind to put them in.
Step 2: Buy organizers.
I bought these clear plastic organizers off of Amazon. Whereas my desk before was scattered and unorganized, these containers help put all the little knick-knacks into their own little compartment.
Lesson I learned: to organize a desk, you need organizers. You could create them yourself or buy them like I did. But your desk drawers will become a mess again in two seconds flat without them.
**Measure your drawers before you buy anything, though!!** (Another lesson I learned the hard way…)
(Find the one I bought here)
Step 4: Everything has a place.
Like me, you probably have some weird and random things in your desk drawer. In my drawer I found a painted rock, an Amazon gift card (woohoo for finding money!), some pens that didn’t work, etc. Etc. Etc.
Most people who like to organize will tell you, “Everything has a place, and everything in its place.” Everything. Even the painted rock, gift card, and pens.
The painted rock went on my desk. The gift card went in my desk. The pens went in the trash.
Simple concept, but harder to do than it sounds. But- surprise, surprise- it actually works. Find a spot for everything to go, and you’ll discover that your desk drawers will magically become less cluttered.
Step 5: Buy supplies
Now that you have organizers, go out and buy some cute supplies!
There are tons of cute pencils, clips, and other office supplies out there that you can buy for fairly cheap prices. Cute supplies will give your desk drawers a uniform and stylish look that will make you smile every time you open them. 🙂
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Step 6: Smile! You’re done!
That’s it! It’s really not a complicated process once you buckle down and start. Starting is the hardest part of just about any project–so once you begin, you’re already halfway there.
How do you organize your desk? Did you find this article helpful?
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◊ XO ~ Kristel ◊