I organized my desk a year or two ago and for the most part little has changed (which means that what I did is working).
Here are the original pics of the desk drawers:
The longer, shallow drawer where the chair slides in (pic above) is where I have kept pens, pencils, markers, highlighters, paper clips, post-its, the stapler, scissors and 3-hole punch. To organize everything and maximize use of the space, I used rectangle baskets that I had from Signature Homestyles (again, used these for various things as my other baskets from SH) and check boxes. Check boxes are great because the bottoms are plain white, they are fairly sturdy, and they work great to corral small items. These are going to get a face-lift at some point (hopefully soon).
There are three other drawers, the top of which I keep other little notepads, envelopes, my calculator, and have also stored stationery. Again I used baskets to organize the space.
The lower two drawers I use for larger notebooks and binders that I may need to access somewhat regularly.
Here is a photo of the desk when I first started using it. You’ll notice the very clean top with no papers or anything. Just a lamp, a vase, and my planner.
Oh, those were the days.
And here it is now, just around the corner from where it was before. I will be moving it back to its original home later this week since it’s infringing on the daycare kids’ space. (Note that I cleared a few papers that need dealing with tonight so that it looks neater than it actually was.)
The top of the desk isn’t very big, so the more functionality I need from it, the more cluttered I feel it looks. It will have to do for now, and I’ll just keep tweaking my systems to make things work as best they can.
The drawers don’t look a lot different today than they did when I originally organized the desk. Just a few minor changes…
A while back I added a smaller desk organizer to put some of my pens and things in. Apparently the desk drawers needed some space freed up, though I can’t remember exactly why I made this change. I do like being able to just grab a pen, address label or stamp without rifling through the drawer (though as organized as its been, that wasn’t really a chore).
I also just bought stackable desk trays. I am not a huge fan of plastic organizing, and I like the least amount of “stuff” on the desk as possible. However, when I’m busy and have several projects or items to take care of at once (which anymore seems like always), there are usually multiple stacks on the desk. If I file them anywhere, they’ll be forgotten (out of sight, out of mind). So I need things that need taken care of to be Right.In.Front.Of.My.Face.
Just a month or so ago I saw this post on I Heart Organizing and loved the idea of using Washi tape to dress up plastic office organizers. I thought this would make having stackable trays not only bearable, but even downright cute and fun. (Yes. I just said plastic desk trays could be fun.) I have Washi tape on my craft store list for the next time I’m there, but that project will have to wait a week or so. To be continued…!