As you are re-organizing your home office or a desk space for your kids to get their homework done this year, you may have a lot of little things that need corralling to help things stay organized and neat.  Here are a few tools to help you get started!

Dividers & Compartments – If you are organizing desk drawers (or other drawers for that matter) having dividers and compartments to put things in helps keep a drawer organized.  Today you can get all sorts of small, plastic containers to put in your drawer to keep small items together.  I have even used old, plastic silverware trays for this in a pinch.  I don’t suggest you spend a lot of money, since they will be in a drawer and even the cheapest plastic containers can last forever (just ask my husband since I still have some that were my mothers decades ago!).  

Bags, Jars & Baskets – Another good way to keep like things together is in zippered bags, glass jars and even small baskets.  Old pill keepers or embroidery floss containers are good for tacks, paper clips, tiny post its and other small things you may have.  Use your imagination and what will look good hiding your stuff!

Binders, Clips & Rubberbands – Keep loose paper clipped together, use binders to store restaurant menus you may need or for other paperwork you must keep, such as books for appliances, warranties or other things you don’t want to clutter up a file cabinet with.  Clip unruly charger cords together and keep business cards together with a rubberbands.

Labels – If you use small boxes or baskets that you can’t see into, label it with simple tape and a Sharpie.  If you can see the label easily, it’s the same as seeing into the box or container, so you can see what you need at a glance.  

These are just a few organizing tools you can use.  The more organized your space is, the easier it will be to do a task with the things you need.  

This blog was inspired by an article in the summer 2019 issue of Magnolia Journal.

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