Ok, so we know that I’ve moved into a new house and I’ve hinted that my home office looks NOTHING like how I decorated it at my last place (as seen here). I went from wanting everything to be white with pops of color (mainly coral) to wanting everything raw, rustic and a bit industrial. A complete 360° design change ascetically and I’m loving it.
With such a change comes needing to do a bit of an overhaul on my office furniture and desk accessories. Next week I’ll be sharing with you my DIY desk that you don’t want to miss. I’ve learned over the years that if you can’t find what you’re looking for on the market, figure out a way to make it!
This post however is all about my current desk organization and what I use to get through a typical work day. As someone who still loves the art of writing things down, I don’t know if I’ll ever transition completely to a digital calendar or planner. I’ve mentioned before how much I love Emily Ley’s Simplified Planner and went ahead and purchased another 2015 version.
Although the Simplified Planner helps keep my day-to-day activities & goals in line, I also rely on using this Blog Planner notepad and GSD Master List notepad to keep me focused on all my other ongoing projects. They’re basically my lifesavers in terms of keeping me sane and out of the nut house.
Nothing happens efficiently in my office without an organized, functional workspace around me. My significant other likes to tease me at times by coming into my office and picking up the stapler and placing it down on the other end of the desk or grabbing a pen and flipping it upside down. He knows it drives me absolutely bonkers and likes to occasionally see me “almost lose my shit.”
It’s true though, I do not handle disorder calmly. I know that if I have the essential tools in place to keep things organized and that everything has a “home,” things will run more smoothly throughout the day. I’m notorious for being distracted by a space that isn’t working properly and finding a solution for it before getting back to the task at hand. It’s a terrible habit.
With this new office, I now have a large desktop that allows for my everyday items to be on the desk but not in the way. I grabbed the gold wire organizers (magazine and letter) from Target as they help play into the rustic feel of the space and serve a great function of corralling all my notepads and incoming mail/receipts.
I transitioned over my white letter and accessory trays from Poppin’ as they still serve an important function of holding my current bills to be paid and essential office supplies. I repurposed the wooden box that came with my TOMSxTarget candle to function as the perfect pen cup.
These items are what keep me organized on a day-to-day basis. I updated the space behind me with a Restoration Hardware metal locker cabinet and DIY industrial shelving that are incredibly functional and decorative for the room. It’s always a work in progress, but I highly recommend finding a solution that works for you and sticking to it. It helps to spend a few extra minutes at the end of your work day to organize your space and write down your to-do list for the next day. Once a week, schedule time to file any papers and do any bookkeeping. At least once a month, look over your office space and recycle any unneeded paperwork, magazines, etc. These all just create clutter and clutter leads to a disorganized mess.
You won’t find the magical solution overnight, but just commit to a few simple tasks and you’ll be well on your way to an organized lifestyle! Let me know if you need any help or solutions with a certain area of your home.
Blog Planner (Heart & Arrow Design @ Etsy)
Simplified Planner (Emily Ley)
GSD Master List Notepad (Meg Biram Shop)
Gold Stapler (Target) — no longer available online. Check in stores!
Wood Pen Cup (Target) — part of TOMSxTarget Jar Candle with Wood Box (repurposed)
Wooden Ruler/Pencil Box (Target)
Gold Magazine Holder (Target) — no longer available online. Check in stores!
Gold Letter Sorter (Target)
Brass “Break the Rules” Letter Opener (Restoration Hardware)
DIY industrial shelving
White Letter Trays (Poppin’)
White Accessory Tray (Poppin’)
Keep Living a Stylized Life.