Organizing your Desk Drawers

Posted by on Jul 27, 2013 in Nikki works with Elizabeth, the Professional Organizer | 0 comments

Organizing your Desk Drawers

What should you keep in your desk drawers?  How can you organize your desk for maximum productivity and comfort? We are going to talk about organizing your desk drawers.

Nikki and Elizabeth, her Professional Organizer, are organizing the desk in Nikki’s home office.  To begin, Elizabeth asks Nikki to clarify the purpose of the desk.  What activities take place here?  What activities does Nikki want to be done here?  Who uses the desk?  When do they use it?  What supplies are needed at the desk?

As they empty the desk drawers, they find items that belong in every other room of the house.  When someone was coming over, Nikki would gather all the visible clutter and dump it in the office.  When she needed to work, she would shove all the miscellaneous clutter into the drawers to make space to work.  Elizabeth labels a box “Other Rooms” and they put everything that doesn’t belong in the office in the box to be emptied at the end of the organizing session.   Nikki can’t believe how much room there is in the drawers when the non-office clutter is removed. To keep the desk working at maximum efficiency only items that are used at the desk will be put back into the drawers.

The desk has three small drawers.  The drawers need to hold office supplies like pens, paper clips, and rubber bands, which the whole family uses.  Extra school supplies are also kept in the office.  Because Nikki uses the desk to send hand-written notes and cards, it also needs to hold stationery, cards, stamps, and return address labels.  Nikki has some bills that can’t be paid online.  She writes the checks at the desk so checks will be kept in the desk.

Elizabeth suggests that they use drawer dividers to keep small items together and keep them from sliding around.  They assign one drawer for school and office supplies; one for stationery, bill paying, and mailing supplies; the third for larger office items like the hole punch, computer disks, and the chargers for electronics.

 

 

Next post:  Nikki and Elizabeth organize Nikki’s greeting cards.

 

Learn along with Nikki as she and Elizabeth, the Professional Organizer, get the house organized room by room.

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