Home Organization: How I made $100 by cleaning out my desk!

Home organization is something that is tough for a lot of people, it’s easy to let things pile up while the junk accumulates, and chaos ensues behind closed doors, drawers and cupboards. Although I don’t keep a perfectly tidy home 100% of the time, having order in my home helps me think clearly, work more productively and relax deeper at the end of a day. When things are out of order I actually feel like the world is caving in on me (dramatic as this sounds), so I do my best to periodically address the problem areas in my home so that order returns once again.

When we first moved into Wally Cottage, my desk space was sorely neglected in that I dumped the entirety of my packed boxes into each of their respective drawers paying no attention to their order. It has been an absolute mess. Well, last week I read a great home organizational post from A Beautiful Mess and decided that the time had come for me to address the problem head-on and share the process with you.

Below are five of my tips for organizing your desk space! 

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Put on an interesting podcast or playlist on Spotify to keep you occupied while you address the mess. Here are a few of my favorite podcasts to get you started.

Concentrate on one drawer at a time and clear everything out of that particular drawer before you begin. Just reading those words feels exhausting, I know. As I pried open each drawer of my desk during this process I cursed my own advice. But it actually works! In order to be thorough you have to start from square one. And while you have those drawers cleared out it’s a perfect time to give them a quick scrub to get out the grime

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the “before” photo

Pair like with like. Each drawer in my desk has a designated purpose and contains like or similar items. (i.e. utility drawer, paper/notebooks drawer, photo accessory drawer, mail-time drawer, etc.) Finding your items is much easier if you don’t pile 10 different things into one drawer. Your drawers serve a purpose instead of a headache when you take the time to think about what you’re placing within them.

Use labels. Any opportunity to use my label-maker and I’m all in ;). Since I paired my like items together it was easy to label each drawer. Now I can quickly find what I need at a glance instead of rummaging through each drawer.

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Purge while you go. This feels obvious doesn’t it? But get rid of items that are no longer useful to you as you go through your drawers! I filled up an entire paper bag of recycling in the process of clearing out my drawers.

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the “after” photo!

So how did I make this $100 by cleaning out my office desk? Among all of the paper-clips, sticky notes, and old business cards in the very back of my top drawer, I found a $100 iTunes gift card that I had no idea was there! All this time I had $100 waiting for me tucked neatly among the chaos. I can’t tell you how great it feels to have a clutter-free space to work from now. I can easily find what I need during the day, my head-space feels clear, and I get to make some unexpected purchases in the iTunes store! ;)

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