Sorry. Did it seem like I was yelling at you? I was talking to myself.
If you imagine me as a flighty, slightly-amusing yet disorganized person, you would not be far off in your assessment. Okay, fine. You're dead on. That doesn't mean I can't have moments of organization. When it comes to my work, I try to keep my desk as organized as possible, for me at least.
This week's theme will be organization as you've probably guessed from the intro. Myself; Brandi from Finding the Path for Me; and Samantha from The Marble Jar are banding together in solidarity over organization!
I can work with chaos on my desk. It doesn't bother me unless it becomes distracting. I've talked about my love of notebooks before, but not about how they pile on the edge of my desk, the table next to my desk, and on most surfaces surrounding the general vicinity of my desk.
In honor of the spring season, which is right around the corner, let's talk about organizing your desk.
Clean up After Yourself
First, you have to start with a clean surface. I like to remove everything from the top and wash it down. It can't hurt to vacuum out that keyboard, either. Crumbs and dust can block the keys. What do you mean you never eat at your desk?! Lies! Hmph. Maybe it's just me. I practically live at my desk. I try to wipe down the monitor screen once a week or so. I hate when the monitor is dusty.
Like I mentioned, notebooks accumulate as if they're breeding while I sleep. I almost never throw notebooks away, but at some point, they have to be organized by whether I need them close by or not. The ones I don't really need will be put into a plastic tub. I might never look in that tub ever again, but what if suddenly I need that scribble-doodle from last year? It's best that I keep it.
Organize Those Pens
I have one little box on my desk that has pens, tape, and well, junk basically. It's the equivalent of the junk drawer in the kitchen. If you have something similar, you'll want to clean and organize that, too. Make sure all those pens work. You wouldn't believe how some will dry out when you haven't used them.
Once you clean the desk itself and organize existing items, it's time to think about how you want to stay on track going forward. Boxes, shelves, and containers can help organize your desk.
I'm planning on buying cute little boxes for my stuff. I know! I should have purchased organizational supplies sooner, but I'm horrible. I hate to pay for things like that. I'll buy cheap things at the dollar store before I'll pay a hundred dollars for a set of boxes. Now that I'm on Pinterest, I know where to find ideas for making crafty organizers!
This is my spring resolution.