Hey, so remember that time I begged for help for my desk slash kitchen command center? Just to refresh your memory, it looked a little something like this:
I finally decided it was time to take some action. Joel was home, the kiddos were occupied, my label maker had a fresh roll of paper and I was ready to roll.
So that was the before...
And here is the after!
I started by just clearing out the clutter, layer by layer. The desk wasn't usable in the current condition, so I made it all the way down to the bottom of the pile by filling up my trash and recycling bins. I love to be organized, so finding ways to do that on the cheap is pretty thrilling. Most of my fixes were simple and free... extra awesome :)
I traded out the horizontal paper tray on the left side of my desk to an upright sorter, which I labeled (of course). I thought about pinning a pretty picture or inspirational words to the front of it, but if I wanted to keep the visual clutter to a minimum, I needed to stick to the clean lines. Also, it feel pretty good when I get that whole thing emptied with everything in its place.
I was losing useable bulletin board space with a printable calendar. Once I moved my white board to-do list to the pantry door (which made it much easier to write on anyways, I could focus on making the wall space useable.
The entire top shelf had been wasted space (who fills a shelf with just-ok looking empty canisters and some old instant coffee? Me, apparently). These shelves are now my place for resources I need handy, like for meal planning and working on activities for the family.
The desk and legs are from IKEA. This is actually the chair that Joel bought in Denver after his chair broke while we were Skyping for the first time. He had to lug the box 10 blocks through downtown Denver back to his apartment.
The inbox/mail tray is actually a holder/carrier for a baking dish my grandmother bought me. It's holding me over until I find something more permanent. With the rest of my desk cleared, you can finally see the drawers I spray painted silver ages ago for my little catchalls like stamps, chap stick, and chalk for the chalkboard.
You might have noticed my affinity for labeling things. I've said it before and I'll say it again: labeling has changed my life for the better. It's so much easier to keep things organized, especially in a hurry, when I can see where it goes at a glance without having to remember how I sorted things the last time I reorganized.
I'd love to get a cage-looking gold file folder, but this one is working well for the time being.
Thank you for all of your help on clearing the clutter... I'll share more room reveals soon!!