The third installment of my Home Office Organization series on OLJ features my desktop. I’ve struggled with an overly cluttered desktop for awhile now, so my main focus was to clear off as much as possible. I kept a few of my favorite personal knickknacks for display and designated several desktop organizers as functional storage.
I mentioned my Pottery Barn Corner Desk Set in my last post, which featured my Desk Drawer Organization. I also have the matching Corner Hutch for it. This connecting piece has three main areas, featuring a drawer on the left, a computer pedestal in the center, and slotted organizer on the right. The hutch includes a power strip with two outlets, two phone jacks, and a power switch in the back of it (where there is a rectangular hole in the picture shown above). I keep a larger power strip plugged into this to charge all of my backup camera batteries and my laptop. I use the drawer on the left side of the hutch to store computer cables and accessories and the slotted organizer on the right to corral office supplies I use often such as tape dispensers and a stapler. This elevated storage option keeps my iMac, external hard drives, and modem up off the main desk and provides useful extra counter space. I have a Wingate Rattan Swivel Desk Chair from Pottery Barn, which I’ve personalized with cute owl pillows from Target.
When I originally worked on my office organization when we moved into our house in 2007, I put up components of Pottery Barn’s Daily System as wall organization. I have two of the Magnetic Whiteboard Calendars flanking a Corkboard on the wall over the righthand side of my corner desk and Bedford Lateral File Cabinet. I was experimenting with an all electronic agenda system at the time and was using the whiteboards for a visual two-month calendar at a glance option. Once I switched back to using a Filofax agenda I found I no longer used the whiteboard calendars. Rather than replace these pieces I decided to just cover them using Tranquil Pool Gift Wrap I found at The Container Store. I now use this space to pin up invitations and announcements as well as sentimental momentos with magnets. It’s an easy and cost effective way to repurpose something I no longer use into something I currently love.
There are a few desktop organizers I use to help me keep on top of important paperwork to file, bills to pay, and my week at a glance plan. I recently purchased the Synchronicity Stockholm Letter Sorter from The Container Store to help store bills, receipts, and things to file on a weekly basis. Every Friday I allocate time for bill paying & filing when I go through the entire contents of the sorter, attend to bills, and file all of the documents into their more permanent homes (see my post about my Filing Organization for more information). This small purchase has already made a huge impact in not only my desktop organization but also in helping me keep track of small papers and receipts that would previously get lost in piles on my desk.
I’ve had the Pottery Barn Bedford Photo Caddy (on sale now!) since I first purchased the desk. I didn’t change what I store in it during my latest reorganization, but I did clean it up a bit and added some decorative vase fillers to keep my pens, scissors, and mini screwdrivers upright in the front three slots. The filler I use is by Ashland and can be found in the floral department at Michael’s or other craft supply stores.
A newer addition to my desktop organization is the 5 Days A Week Paper Mousepad by Knock Knock.* I’ve been using this lately on Sunday evenings to contemplate the upcoming week, including any tasks I’d like to complete and appointments I have scheduled. I love that it doubles as a mousepad, which makes it super easy to check in with every day. It really satisfies the planner in me!
Although it’s not technically a component of my desktop organization, I wanted to share the dog bed I keep under my desk. My dog Winnie absolutely loves to curl up in her cozy Tiger Dreamz Luxury Faux Fur Trundle Bed. The corner desk is actually quite deep, leaving ample room underneath to house two simplehuman Stainless Steel Step Bins, which I use for rubbish and recycling, as well as this cozy, plush dog bed. You’ll often find Winnie snoozing under my desk when I’m working on something. She loves her own special space and I love having her near me.
I go over my desktop organization in much more detail in the video (shown below) if you’re interested in a closer look. Check back next week for a look at my cable management!
I’m excited to be hosting a little giveaway to accompany this post! Knock Knock was kind enough to reach out to me and asked if they could send me some products. I am happy to be able to give away two of the 5 Days A Week Paper Mousepads to one of you!
Follow the directions on the Rafflecopter widget below to be entered to win. The giveaway is open internationally and will run until Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 6 PM CST. There will be TWO winners. I will contact the winners directly via email in addition to announcing them on this blog post. Good luck!
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Congrats to Marie E. & Zeineb on winning the Knock Knock Mousepad Giveaway!
*I am not affiliated with any of the brands mentioned in this blog post or coordinating video. Knock Knock graciously sent me three 5 Days A Week Paper Mousepads as a gift to use as I pleased. I decided to keep one to try and give the others away to two of you. All other products shown were purchased by me. Knock Knock did not ask me to review or feature their products. All opinions are my own.*