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Organizing the "Desk of Disaster"

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Hubby and I own 3 businesses between us, and we share this desk...which is a total disaster! With the help of Maeve Richmond and Good Housekeeping, we tackled the disaster and organized everything for less than $10.
BEFORE.
We each have tons of paperwork, calendars, schedules, notes, reminders, bills, and the papers just keep piling up. Since it's a corner desk, there's lots of unused space behind the monitor. Pens and papers are stored in shoeboxes/coffee cups/etc with no organization. What a mess!
My side of the desk has tons of papers from my blog and direct sales business. I have multiple "to do" lists working at any given time, plus I contact people daily for product training, volunteer work, etc. There is way too much paper and no logic to the piles.
Hubby's side of the desk has the printer, some office supplies, and a bunch of labels. There's no room for him to work or spread out.
The first step was to clear everything off the desk. We found pictures from 1974, CDs from 1992, and receipts from 2012!
Following Maeve's suggestion, we moved the printer off the desk and onto the neighboring bookshelf. This gave Hubby lots of space to organize his bill box and spread out papers if needed.
We also got a thrift store basket for $1.00 to store his envelopes and stamps, so they wouldn't get lost on the desk (like they have in the past).
I color-coded my project folders and eliminated LOTS of piles from my side of the desk. Whenever I had an idea, I'd grab a new notepad--which resulted in multiple to-do lists. Now ideas and projects with deadlines go in the appropriate folder for weekly review.
I also got a thrift store basket for $2.99 to store the business cards I receive from the Meetup groups that I run and the networking events I attend.
AFTER.
Can you believe this is the same desk?!? It's amazing what a few hours of cleaning and organizing can do. We're ready to tackle the busy time of year for our businesses!

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  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Mar 31, 2016

    Great organization!

  • Michelle
    Michelle Roanoke, VA
    on Mar 31, 2016

    wonderful

  • KatAych
    KatAych Alameda, CA
    on Apr 1, 2016

    It always feels good to get things organized and tidy, doesn't it?? Now, the trick will be to KEEP IT this way!!! Great job - it will help make you more efficient with your businesses!

  • Irene
    Irene Canada
    on Apr 2, 2016

    Our office is like yours...a mess. We have 2 desks pushed together with stuff all over. You gave me some great ideas. Now I need to organize it.

  • Bbeckley53
    Bbeckley53
    on Apr 2, 2016

    Good job Love it

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