Summer has come and gone in a blink! School will be starting, or has started, and schedules will be filling up fast. How are you going to stay on top of everything? I have been asking myself the same question, especially since my desk is a DISASTER!!! I’m almost too embarrassed to show you, but I’ll take one for the HDS team in the name of DIY projects! 🙂
Isn’t it horrible?!
There’s no rhyme or reason, papers are piled up, and trying to find anything is a guessing game.
Why do I even have that lamp up there? Completely random.
Time to clear the clutter and make room for my chair!
So I clearly need to get organized. After getting some ideas from Pinterest and assessing what needed to be organized, I did a rough sketch of what I wanted. I am a very visual and tactile person, so lists or pinterest boards just do not help me when I go shopping for big projects. I get super overwhelmed! Of course, you should use whatever works best for you, but a sketch with notes is what works for me.
Next, it’s going to get worse before it gets better. I took everything off the shelves and made a couple of different piles, 1. trash, 2. donate, 3. papers to be organized, 4. craft supplies, etc.
After hours of sorting, shopping, donating, and organizing, this is my new desk! Yay!! I have to admit I totally did a happy dance! So lets break down what I did in the next couple of pictures.
I emptied my teeny tiny file folder…
And purchased file folders for the file box that I already had.
I still used my other file box for craft supplies, but I separated my supplies into categories using Costco boxes. I found some cute removable wall paper at target to cover the boxes, and then I put labels on the file box lid. I used the same wallpaper to jazz up my desk too!
Now, let’s move up to the desk.
You can actually see the desk! Love it!
I think we can all agree a calendar is essential. And I found this desk organizer for supplies I use on a regular basis. Pens, ruler, envelopes, stamps, scissors, etc.
I found a cute cork board for cards, reminders, artwork from your little ones, etc.
I wanted to separate incoming papers that I need to read/look over and papers that need to be filed. These little baskets work perfectly!
This little piece of sheet metal is great for to do lists, grocery lists, and a couple of magnets for anything you want!
I’ve always had my art supplies and jewelry tools in boxes and bins and I wanted to have them out where I can actually see them! I am way more motivated and inspired when I don’t have to dig for materials. I love how these cute mounted jars hold some of my art supplies while freeing up some space on my desk!
On the next shelf I have storage drawers for the odds and ends. I love having these drawers, no more clutter!
More lovely drawers! Make sure to label them!
There are baskets on the second shelf as well that hold my spray paints, camera, and the rest of my jewelry tools.
And lastly, I have all of the books on the top shelf with cute bookends…
Project desk organization is complete! I hope some of these ideas and tips help you get organized for the new school year. 🙂
There is something about an organized space that has us at HDS doing the happy dance! Here are more tips for getting your home (and your life) in order: