Has Anyone Seen My Desk?

Thursday , 17, January 2013 6 Comments

I know it is in there somewhere.  I just can’t keep it uncluttered for more than a couple days.  Some things are easy to fix.  Like, I should file my bills and paperwork right away instead of letting them accumulate.  But other issues are not as easy to solve.  I would like this space to look more sophisticated and organized and not like a recycling bin/garbage can.  I have pinned some lovely looking office spaces, but just can’t seem to translate it into my home!  HELP!

Problem areas.  Plastic storage container–HATE it.  It says ‘elementary school classroom’ to me.  That is not what I want in my home office.  Printer–Takes up a lot of space on the desktop.  Cubbies–weird sizes and just end up piled with junk.

I have tried and tried to organize this space, but I just-can’t-do it!  Even before I moved, the desk was always a cluttered and disorganized mess!  I would LOVE to be able to sit down in my home office and write blog posts while sipping my morning coffee.  It is difficult to do this when I first have to remove piles of paper to find the computer.

I will take any and all advice in to consideration.  I will post an after picture as soon as I get this mess under control…but I need your help!  What is the first thing I should do to get this space under control?

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  • Maggie says:

    It can be so hard to keep a desk organized. If you are like us, when there is an empty space, that means somewhere to set stuff down! I don’t know if this will be helpful, but just a couple thoughts to get you started…? What are the purposes of your desk? Anything that doesn’t fit the purpose needs to go. Lotion….where does that go? Anything that has a more logical home, move it there now. What is in the plastic storage bin? Looks like office supplies? I’m wondering if the printer would fit where that bin is sitting? Could you make those two trade spots? I actually have to put my printer on top of my desk. It’s not the best look or my most favorite spot, but it stays out of the way for other things. Would you like the plastic better if it was prettier? Like you Mod Podged some scrapbook paper on the front or something? Or would you still hate those drawers? Anyway…done with the book. Start working!

  • Maggie says:

    Oh, the clutter underneath…do you have a front closet or something that could house storage bags when they are not in use?

  • Maggie says:

    Sorry, ONE MORE. I started using my Pampered Chef utensil spinner for craft/desk supplies – pensils, pens, sissors (and in our house, crayons, markers etc) I love it. Would something like that be a better fit in your home than the plastic drawers?

  • Rachel says:

    Good suggestions! I have been thinking about moving the printer to where the plastic storage bin is. The stuff in the storage bin might be moved to baby formula cans decorated with scrapbook paper. We’ll see how this goes!

  • Laurie says:

    If the hutch cubbies are not functional for you, consider getting rid of the hutch entirely and adding floating shelving to the wall behind the desk. Clean, modern look and very functional as you can use organizers/boxes/etc. to store the things that don’t work in the cubbies. I also find that if I have things in bags or boxes, they end up cluttering up something. Get whatever is in those bags/boxes out and find a home for it or trash it. The bill organizer is cute, but not accessible. I always liked having my printer under my desk. You can use a box or milk crate, decorated of course, if you don’t want to buy a wood shelf. That gets it off the desk, out of the way and in a space that is generally not utilized, except to throw bags and boxes 😉

    • Rachel says:

      Great suggestions, Laurie! I never thought of ditching the cubbies all together! That is thinking outside the box. I’ll keep it in mind. I agree that I need to find a spot for everything, or get rid of it! I am about half way there…Lets hope I can get it cleaned up before it gets cluttered again!

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