Friday, April 5, 2013

Desk Drawer Organization

Earlier this week I showed you how I created a workable home office in my entryway. Today we take a peek inside the drawers.

The "Before"...

All of the office supplies had been in a drawer in our kitchen. Before I started putting things in the drawer of my desk, I decided what was important, what could be disposed of, and what needed to be elsewhere. The box for envelopes got tossed; the envelopes can be stacked neatly in a pile in the new drawer. The magnets will stay in the kitchen near the refrigerator. 

The first thing I did was to line the new drawer. I used two placemats. You would be surprised how much yuck can accumulate in the bottom of a drawer of office supplies. 

Then I layered in the supplies. Everything is separated by use. The sticky notes, rubber-bands, and iPod supplies are in berry baskets. Ours are authentically from the orchard but Furbish sells a cute one if you like the look. A favorite little teacup holds paper clips, a dish from Bela's play kitchen is just the right size for binder clips, and a tealight holder contains extra staples. In front of these are the loose envelopes and stapler.

In another corner of the drawer are an extra mouse, charger for my phone & Kindle, and book light.

Extra packing tape, a box of staples, and printer ink are in the center of the drawer.

Notepaper and a zipper bag of photos (including class pictures) are close at hand for writing notes to friends & family.

A tin in the front of the drawer holds my pens and pencils. The name magnet is a memento from a few holidays ago when I worked at our local Williams-Sonoma. Everything I used was from what I had on hand so the cost of the project was FREE!

Overall, I am pleased with how neatly everything fits into its new space. By making it look pretty, I am hopeful that I will stay motivated to keep it looking nice!


  1. Please please please come to my house & organize a few areas! The desk is a mess, the barrister bookcases are overflowing with stuff, and my craft supples are tumbling all over.

    1. Dear Anonymous, I will schedule a trip to the North soon and help you! Love, your daughter

  2. This is fabulous. I love that you didn't go out and buy some plastic drawer organizer and recycled things that you had already around the house. I am capable of this kind of organization, but seldom make the time. I'd have to schedule it. Or, as perhaps was true in your case, necessity becomes the mother of invention. Thanks as always for sharing!

    1. Thanks, Heather! I really think sometimes that I am too cheap to buy anything. Necessity IS the mother of invention, or as my friend likes to say "necessity is a mother..." :)

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