Does your organizing strategy make sense?
Do you organize by how it makes sense? Or do you store things where they are “supposed” to go rather than storing things where you used them? What is your organizing strategy?
I’m trying to implement the organizing strategy of letting go of where I think things should be stored. It is OK to store things where you use them. This organizing tip will help me and maybe it will strike a chord with you.
Here is my desk. Not my work desk. This is the desk in my bedroom.
I actually had someone who was in my bedroom and they told me that they thought it was SO cool that I had a desk in my room. I have to be honest, I did it to be cool. No seriously, it was more that the space needed to be filled and we had moved this desk from one room to the next and it really never got used like a desk, so why not try it in the boudoir. I really like it in it’s forever home.
This IKEA gem is a piece of furniture I would like to use as a desk, maybe do some blogging from the bedroom. A problem has been forseen- I am not thinking I will like to “work” in my bedroom. Being that I am sort of into the vibe of a bedroom being for sleeping and not for watching TV etc. We do not have a TV in any of our bedrooms, not that people do not watch Netflix on their devices in their rooms (if I am being honest with everyone…and I am). I DO, however workout in my bedroom. That took a long time to get to (I used to use the basement space). The light is so nice in the bedroom during the day, and the way I have it set up I can workout and watch the neighborhood at the same time. It is entertaining.
I explain to you that I workout in my room, so that you will know the reason there are a bunch of workout DVD’s piled in my desk drawer. I should also point out to you that I also use this desk as a place to set up the sewing machine. That is why there are pinking sheers, pins and spools of yarn also cluttering up my drawer. OH, another thing I do at my desk, (or next to my desk) is thread my eyebrows and that is another reason for the thread and it explains the mirror. Most other stuff in there, who knows why it is in there. It needs my attention. It makes me stressed out to get anything out of that drawer.
My Organizing Strategy
Tackling the mess:
The first thing I did in my attempt at organizing this space, was to empty the drawer onto the top of the desk. Since the desktop was pretty cleared off, it could hold all that needed to be dump onto it. You should empty a space completely when you are organizing. The area also should get cleaned. I pulled out the Dyson V6 Absolute cordless for this job.
My organizing strategy here was to sort of pile things as they came out of the drawer into categories. I had cords in one pile, hair accessories in another. I piled all the workout DVDs together and did the same for all the sewing paraphernalia. Then there was the laptop that was NOT in the drawer but should be stored there.
The next thing in my organizing this desk drawer, was to re-home things that I did not want to store inside of the desk drawer but wanted to be in the desk. I already stored my sewing machine in my desk (since that is where I use it); see how this organizing strategy works? I put away all the sewing items into that case. A set of weights that I use in my workouts already lived in this desk, so I decided that the DVD’s could go there. A better organizing solution may eventually surface, but for now this works. Next up, move things like the hair accessories to where they truly belong. Toss out the things that are garbage or don’t work (like the three iPhone cords that no longer work but haven’t been disposed of).
On to what I did with the items I wanted to remain in the desk drawer.
The laptop into the drawer was the first item to find a home. I figured that might be boss in my organizing attempt. I had a few Apple product boxes in my desk (we are an Apple family). There was this pin I had seen on Pinterest that showed how to re-purpose them for organizing.
There were some other Apple boxes laying around so I hunted those down. On the left of the drawer I organized the remaining working cord and some other tech type stuff in half of my Apple watch box. Then I used part of my iPad mini box to store my threading items (mirror, tweezers and thread). Why these items in a desk you wonder. My eyebrows get threaded next to my desk. I use a small mirror in the slats of the mini blind at my eye level where the light is awesome.
A little screen cleaner thing and a black squeegee got organized in front of that. Half of the Pad mini box to store the corded mouse is a great solution. Not a fan of using the track pad mouse when working. There was one pen found in the desk. A half iPhone box did just the trick.
To the right of those is the other half of the Apple watch box. This half still had the plastic part that stored parts of the watch and it didn’t come out easily so I left it. There I have a razor blade that I use to scrape stuck gunk off the hardwood in my bedroom. I kept it there rather than where my cleaning supplies are because….that’s where I use it. I then found that little opening in front was a great place for that cute thumb-drive.
There were a few things that didn’t have an easy home to move to.
There were some things needing to go into storage in my attic and other places on the second floor. An organization strategy for things that need to get put away but you don’t have the time or energy to deal with- have a place on each floor where they can live until you decide where they truly should live. In the past I would just dump things in other places and created new UN-oraganized spaces in my home.
On the bedroom level I have this box in my laundry room which leads to the attic. I also put things that need to go to the kids bedrooms but I haven’t put away yet. Items are placed not where they do not belong, but they get addressed later. This prevents the items finding a new spot that is NOT their home.
An organized desk.
Excited. That is how I feel that I finally worked on this area. August was a month for organization; the focus on purging and storing. From there, organizing things where they belong was the focus. Having items belong where you use them and in a way that makes it look nice helps to keep the organization in tact. In the past, I would have put the threading items with my makeup. Makeup storage is in the bedroom closet (that may seem like a weird place for makeup but it works). The closet is nowhere near where I thread my brows. The desk makes sense.
OK, so I am totally digging the fact that all that I chose to keep in this space. Things are pretty much black, white and grey. I may replace the orange pen with one of my favorite Sharpie Pens so it will coordinate, but for now I kinda like the pop of color!
I hope you find this to be an inspiring organizational idea!
While you’re here
Join my email list to gain access to all my free resources by filling out the form in the top right margin of this page or by clicking HERE. Follow me on Pinterest while you’re at it. You can do that by clicking HERE.