Finally it’s Friday! I mentioned in Wednesday’s post that I’ve been super busy this week, but thankfully yesterday I had a nice little break so I could finally tackle my desk. It was in need of some serious re-organizing! After we touched on some resume and cover letter tips earlier this week, it definitely got me in the mood to organize my workspace.
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Now that that’s done, here’s the before:
** Please don’t judge me for the random dog toys you see laying around! One of my dogs needs to take all the toys out of their basket every single day, and I honestly was just too lazy to pick them up today. **
I don’t have a designated office space, so my desk (from Joss and Main) is tucked to the side of my bedroom. Because of that, it isn’t very big, so I have to keep it pretty tidy to make sure I actually have enough space for my computer. But lately it has just seemed to accumulate a ton of random clutter.
To the right of my desk I have my file boxes. When I took over doing the admin work from the previous person who did it, I inherited her file storage boxes. While I did some tidying up in there, I kept the same boxes. Now after over a year of dealing with them, they need to go!
To the left I have this cute cart (just in black obvs) for my printer, letter trays, and random office stuff (extra printer ink, tape, etc.). The cart itself was actually meant to be a coffee table, but I re-purposed it for my printer stand and it works perfectly! And it’s even on wheels, so I can easily move it around if I need. It’s right in between my desk and my papasan chair, which just becomes a place to dump off random stuff and put the pillows from my bed.
Above my desk I have my bulletin board, a few shelves with random stuff, and my camel poster I brought back from Dubai (which you can read about here!). One of those random things up on my shelf is my Loch Ness Monster souvenir I picked up while visiting the Scottish Highlands – right after we got engaged actually!
So now the after:
As you can see, I took away the shelf part that sits directly on top of my desk. Because my desk is so small, my computer actually sits pretty far back for it to be comfortable, and the shelf gets in the way. I made a quick trip to Target, Office Depot, and TJ Maxx to pick up a few things to help get everything organized. While I surprisingly didn’t find any desk accessories at Target (I’m convinced the Target here in Baton Rouge is terrible), I did pick up a cheap file cabinet.
I found a ton of stuff at TJ Maxx. My favorite probably being this:
If you know me at all, then you know I have quite the potty mouth and can swear like a sailor, so I thought it was appropriate. I also found these little succulent planters there that had actual living plants in them, so fingers crossed I can keep them alive. I might have a green thumb with vegetable plants and flowers, but I somehow manage to kill succulents every time.
These magnetic closure boxes (similar) at Office Depot, which hides my collection of greeting cards and random planner/bullet journal supplies.
And I cleaned up my little cart A LOT. Using the now-empty file boxes, I put away most of my excess office supplies and things I didn’t need use regularly. I kept my letter trays, file box, and printer where they were, but almost everything else was moved.
I also put a few of these on my desk a while back to keep my charging cables organized and within reach, and I absolutely love them!
So what do you think? I’m personally glad I don’t have to move those file boxes around every time I need something. And now I can actually use my entire desk!
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So do you need to re-do your desk? Do you work from home or are you at an office? Are you an office supply addict (or potty mouth) like me?
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