I recently purchased an additional screen for my iMac desktop computer to allow me more space while I am working in the various editing programs I use (mainly Final Cut Pro for video and Photoshop CC for photo). I realized I could not fit both screens on the hutch I had for the corner desk in my office, so I had to remove it and reorganize my desk accordingly. I wanted to share my updated desktop organization with you.
Removing the hutch meant I lost the built-in organizational components that it provided, but it turned out to be extremely beneficial to me as I was suffering from some neck and shoulder issues which I eventually figured out were caused by having the hutch. You can see my previous desktop setup in the top photo to the left. I have the Pottery Barn Bedford Corner Desk Set which offers ample space. Originally, I had purchased the Corner Desk Hutch to go with the desk because I thought it would open up some space on the desktop, help with cord management, and offer some nice built-in organization to stash desktop items. While it did all of those things and looked really nice, I started to develop issues with my shoulders and neck. I finally realized it was caused by looking up at my computer. I spend a good chunk of my days in front of the screen editing videos, photos, and writing blog posts. Ideally, you should look straight at your computer screen. I was looking up all of the time with my desktop monitor on the 7″ raise. This would have been ideal if I was using the hutch to house my laptop which has a much lower screen, but with the large iMac screen it was causing me to crane my neck every day. As soon as I removed the hutch my neck and shoulder problems were resolved. I am much happier and feel more productive now working not only with two screens, but also a healthy neck! Sadly, I did lose some of my desktop organization components by ditching the hutch, so I reorganized a bit to make up for it.
I was left with a much bigger gap between the top of my monitors and the bottom of my lowest shelf by removing the hutch and placing my screens directly on the desk. When I originally hung the shelves I did so in a way that made sense to me visually with the higher placement of the monitor. I did not like the huge gap when the monitors came down to the desktop level. I knew I wanted to put something there, but realized an additional shelf would seem too bulky and crowded. I found a solution at Ikea, where I purchased items from the Fintorp Collection, which are marketed as kitchen wall organizers. I love the look of the white hanging pails and silver rails, which coordinate with my furniture and other accents in my office. I was bummed they don’t actually carry the white pails with the silver hardware, but it was relatively inexpensive so I went ahead and bought the silver pails just to swap out the hanging components. I plan on using the silver pails for gift wrap or flowers at some point. I love that I can hang my race medals on the racks as well. I don’t have many items stowed in the pails at the moment, but I just love the way they look! The Fintorp system fills the space nicely without looking too cluttered or bulky.
I decided to expand my storage capacity a bit with a discreet cabinet under the desk. I was happy to find the Bisley 8-Drawer Cabinet on sale for over 3%0 off during The Container Store’s Office Sale earlier this spring. It fits like a glove under my desk! I now stash all of my pens, fasteners, planner supplies, and most frequently used computer accessories in it. It tucks perfectly under the righthand side of my desk so that you can’t see it unless you’re right in front of the desk. I can still fit my dog Winnie’s Tiger Dreamz Trundle Bed as well as one of the Large Balcolore Tubs I picked up last year where I stash larger sized items I want to film or blog about. I’ve relocated the power strip I previously had tucked under the desk hutch to the top of the Bisley cabinet where I charge all of my camera batteries.
I try to keep my desktop as clear as possible so having a few surrounding storage spots is a must. I picked up a Bigso Synchronocity Stolkhom Paper Drawers organizer from The Container Store as a new desktop paper sorter for the righthand side of my desk. I keep my bills and filing in the top drawer, which I go through completely once a week, and other papers that need more longterm solutions to sort and take action on in the lower drawer. No more piles on my desk! I only recommend using a drawer system for your papers, however, if you trust that you will attend to them on a regular basis and won’t fall into the “out of sight, out of mind” trap. I also purchased a gorgeous acrylic tray from Erin Condren to stash on top of my paper drawers for outgoing items as well as materials for future blog posts. I took advantage of the special 40% off discount they are having on all acrylic items now valid through April 30, 2014 (use code APRYLIC2014 at checkout). Not only is it gorgeous it helps to corral any loose papers that might otherwise flutter around my desk. I really don’t like piles of paper! If you’re interested in Erin Condren products, you can receive $10 off your first purchase when you sign up for the Erin Condren website (which means you receive the occasional email on current promotions and new products from them) by clicking here.
I keep a Lace Oval Bin I picked up a few months ago from Target on the lefthand side of my desk. I love the pretty design in mint blue, which is my current color obsession. This small bin is designated for small non-paper items that I like to keep close by. Right now that includes my new vlogging camera box (while I test out the camera), and a gorgeous pouch from Threadofhearts on Etsy where I stash my pocket planner. And of course, the ever important mint green bunny. No desk is complete without one! Speaking of bunnies, I have a new addition to my desk, which I’ve tried to keep pretty clear of my beloved tchotchkes. That little white bunny rabbit was an Easter gift from my husband. He’s another Etsy find from MiaPuPe. He stands alongside the tiniest cute-as-a-button hand thrown bud vase you’ve ever seen, which I bought a decade ago at a local art fair. That’s it for the tchotchkes! I’m pretty gosh darn proud of that! 😉
My last organization stash spot isn’t actually part of my desk, but I keep it parked next to it all day long so I thought I should mention it. I’ve had a love affair with Reisenthel Market Baskets for years and have several I keep and use in my house. I use this one every single day to haul my most-used items up and down the stairs. In it I stow my planners, journals, books I am currently reading, knitting projects, as well as anything else that I might find during the day that needs to be returned to its proper spot. It sits in my office most of the time because that’s where I sit. It travels to my bedside at night and to the kitchen in the morning. It makes my life much easier living in a multi-level house!
I also bought myself a desktop lamp, which you can’t see in these photos but I point out in the coordinating video. I’ve was looking for a lamp that could reach across my wide desk without taking up too much room. I also wanted something that could provide ample light without getting too hot or blinding me since I needed something tall. I settled on a TaoTronics LED lamp, which fits all of my requirements. It’s not the most attractive lamp in my opinion, but it is exactly what I needed. I love that it takes up so little room and even folds up when not in use.
My absolute favorite desk accessory is actually my office companion, my Shih Tzu, Winnie. She has two beds in my office because I am in there all day and most of the time you can find her in the same room as me. I love having her at my feet in her little cozy nest all curled up as I work. Dogs are the best of friends. ❤︎
If you’d like to come along for an in-depth tour of my desktop reorganization as well as a look at my entire home office, check out my coordinating video:
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I hope you enjoyed this look at my desktop reorganization. I’d love to know how you keep your desktop organized if you care to share. Feel free to tweet me pics or leave them on my Facebook page (links to the right) if you feel so inclined. Sharing is caring. Happy organizing!
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