Mission: Organize My Desk is a Success!

Last week, I wrote about my goal to get my desk area in my new apartment organized and re-vamped.  I am happy to report that this mission has been a success!

From Elyse’s Genealogy Blog

This is the view of my desk area.  You’ll notice my file cabinet to the right with my 3-in-1 printer, copier, and scanner above it.  You’ll notice my laptop on the desk, along with my glass (for diet Pepsi – a must have fuel for research binges).  I also have a vertical file sorter that has 3 folders (related to bill paying) and my coupon organizer in it.  On the left, I have my plastic 3 drawer unit with my pen organizer and my keys on top of it.


From Elyse’s Genealogy Blog

This is the bulletin board that is on my wall near my desk that has a picture of my boyfriend and I, two Disney Tokyo ornaments that my best friend got me on her study abroad trip to Japan, and my shopping lists with the coordinating coupons attached.  Not seen in the picture is a gold chain with my Mom’s baby ring on it.

From Elyse’s Genealogy Blog

This is a close up photo of my filing cabinet with my 3-in-1 printer, copier and scanner on the top.  You’ll also notice the blue sticky notes – these are sorted into 3 different columns: Geneablogging, Teaching Blogging, and Work.  These are generally some ideas that I want to consider for the day.  If I don’t get to them, then the ideas are filed away into Microsoft OneNote.

From Elyse’s Genealogy Blog

This is my vertical file folder organizer that keeps all my file folders about bills and coupons organized and easy to access.

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This is my desktop organizer that holds all of the stuff that I need to grab in an instance.  I have my markers, highlighters, and scissors on one side, and pens on the other.  I also have my quick “Thank You” cards (no excuse not to write one when the occasion arises), white out, tape, and plenty of post-it notes.

From Elyse’s Genealogy Blog

This is a view inside the first drawer of my three drawer unit.  I used some little containers from my local dollar store to organize the various chords and tech things I have.  By keeping them in separate containers, they are less likely to get tangled together.

From Elyse’s Genealogy Blog

This is the second drawer in my three drawer unit.  This drawer contains the stuff I use less often – like envelopes, printer ink, business cards, my two boxes of extra highlighters and pens, and my cool round multi-colored highlighter.  I got the highlighter at the Southern California Genealogy Society’s Jamboree at the United States General Land Office booth – and honestly, they had some of the coolest free swag ever.  I can’t wait to use this highlighter during school to keep my notes organized.

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Here is a photo of my cool entertainment center (made from two used Ikea bookshelves that have a cut out so a flat screen can fit).  At the moment, I’m keeping my binders and books here.  These might be moved to a small bookshelf that will go in my bedroom – I haven’t really decided yet.

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Remember all of those papers I had to sort through and file?  Here is an example of how I got through it – chunk by chunk.

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First thing I did was replace my dividers – many of them were pretty worn.  Unfortunately, these aren’t over-sized dividers (which is always preferred for binders so you can see them over the page protectors) but for a college-student budget, I won’t complain.

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Then I filed the family group sheets.

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Then goes all of the documents relating to that family.

It did take me a little while to get this done, but I got it done!  And I feel pretty darn good about it.

How is your organization mission going?

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3 responses to “Mission: Organize My Desk is a Success!

  1. I am in awe of your work area. In our current place, we have the small spare bedroom set up as a computer room, but with three computers (me, hubs and the munchkin each have one) plus stuff we store in the room, space is at a premium. You can barely see my desk beneath all the stuff I have stacked on it. I even have stuff stacked under the desk.

    We’re in the process of moving to a bigger place and I’m looking forward to having the space to spread out and get everything organized.

  2. What a great job you did organizing! As I have been trying to get my son to understand, ‘A place for everything and everything in its place.’ You really have epitomized that statement.

    Just a quick question, Could the printer be moved to the three drawer unit? I suggest this because in your previous posting about this that you said you like to spread out and this would give you a little more room.

    Again great job!

  3. Hi there ! Just wanted you to know that I am “talking about you” on my blog – I referenced this post and the previous one as I was talking about trying to organize my piles. I’m FAR from success however :-)

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