Did you know "National Clean Off Your Desk Day" is a thing? Today is that day! Talk about one of the most intimidating goals. Sheesh! I stayed committed, though, and I'm super thrilled with the results. What do you think (see the photo above). I don't claim to be an expert on strategies for a clean desk - but maybe if I share my struggle it will help you along your journey too!
I started by finding a desk. I don't know about you, but for me it is SO hard to proceed with a project if I don't have the pieces in place to do it and finish it right! I knew I was looking for a piece that could house books, papers, my calendar and writing utensils and I knew that a substitute piece of furniture would not work. I needed a surface to practice calligraphy, write poetry, and tap on my vintage typewriter.
There are countless options for finding the perfect piece of adoptable furniture. If I wanted to go for a new look, of course Amazon or Ikea are good options. I prefer to go the upcycled or repurposed route if I can, so my journey usually heads in the direction of Facebook Marketplace, Garage Sales, or Goodwill. Other ideas may be to ask friends, family, or coworkers, or watch the curb in your neighborhood for those surprising gems that folks are discarding.
I don't know from whence my re-found relic came, but once it was in place I went to work deciding how to fill the piece neatly and efficiently. I took my time with this part of the journey, prioritizing what to keep and discarding what not. I carefully selected books that were most important to have on the limited shelf space: dictionary, thesaurus, reference books, and inspirational literature. I determined what needed to be close at hand, placing my pencils and pens, notebooks, and daytimer in one of the cupboard spaces. I would need to work on finances each month so my monthly bill basket claimed the other cupboard. Out of sight, but not out of mind. The drawers are so far empty, except for one containing typing and construction paper for creative projects. Not bad progress for the day!
I think the key takeaway is that a clean desk means less time and energy are spent muddling through the mess. Being able to launch the creative journey as soon as you sit down - can you imagine how many more breathtaking projects will flow from your imagination?! If you are looking for more tips and tricks for organizing your desk space check out this blog by Neena Nandagopal where she shares 5 essential tips for organizing your desk. Next I'm going to tackle my studio space. Stay tuned!