Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A Bowl Full Of Lemons, Challenge # 2 and 3

A Bowl Full Of Lemons is doing a challenge every day this month to help you get organzied!! I am sooo thankful for Toni, and her willingness to help out the "organized challenged".

So, yesterday was Day 2 of the Challenge....and it was to organize your desk top!  I wasn't able to get to work on this until last night....

So, while watching the season premiere of The Bachelor (which doesn't look like it's going tobe any good this season) I cleaned out my roll top desk.

Let me just start by saying I HATE THIS DESK! It was an antique my mom bought about 40 yrs ago and has been handed down to me.  While it's an extremely pretty desk, it's big and bulky and I hate having it in my bedroom, but it won't fit through any other doorway in my house....and I can't get rid of it...so in my Master bedroom it sits.....sigh...

Okay, on with the challenge

Most people use their desks as the command center for their home. 

Not me. 

This is a catch all desk for me. My "command center" is in my kitchen. It's just easier for me to put my planner in a place I walk by daily. I'm rarely in my bedroom, so I can't "work" out of it...I prefer to keep everything in the kitchen.

So, with that said, this desk is just a place to put stuff I don't feel like dealing with...and as you can see in the following pictures, I don't even have a chair for this desk...

So here it is BEFORE..
(notice the 400 boxes to the right)

My printer, wireless router, external hard drive, telephone, answering machine, etc sits on this desk, so I have WAY more wires than I know what to do with. So, for the time being (until my wire savy hubby gets home from Iraq) I will just have to work around the wires. 





So I pulled it all out and started from the beginning!


I bought these magazine storage boxes at Wal Mart...


I cleaned out the drawers in the desk....


...organized all my papers, card stock, photo paper, labels, etc...


And here is my new organized desk! Yay for decluttering!



After it was all done, I had a HUGE bag of trash!!!!!

Today's Challenge #3...clean out the tupperware cabinet.

Fortunately this is something I did a few months ago, so there were no need to do it again today!

I don't have a before pic, but here is my tupperware drawer all organized.  Keeping a bin for the tops is a life saver. No more digging around for all my tops. They are in one place!


Bring on CHALLENGE #4 tomorrow!!!!! I can't wait!


theultimate said...


I'm impressed and jealous. I've been wanting to follow her organizing challenges too! I did the junk drawer one, but I actually don't have a desk right now so I guess I didn't qualify for the desktop clean-off. haha.

Your desk looks awesome though! Great work!

Organize with Sandy said...

You are doing great on Toni's challenge!
I would love for you to stop by and add this to my Organizing Mission Monday link party. I keep it open most of the week, so feel free to add a couple of your posts if you'd like!
Hope to see you there.
www.organizewithsandy.com/blog (since I'm not on google anymore)

Organize with Sandy said...

Thanks for linking up to my Organizing Mission Monday! Hope to see you next week too!

Jill said...

looks great, I have the same printer, i hate how bulky it is, I would love it not to be in sight but unfortunately it has too. I am half way though doing day 4. You are doing great

Amanda Gail said...

Perhaps you could paint the desk? A creamy white (like the little table you did in your den) would make it feel less like a giant dark heavy beast. You may even learn to love it and get some use out of it!

Rene said...

I soooo need to do this. To answer your question about the mood board, I use polyvore.

Enjoy your weekend and your newly organized spaces :)


Melissa said...

I love it..... i'm your newest follower and you have totally inspired me to get my kitchen in order. I am ready!! I'm visiting you from www.bunsinarow.blogspot.com