For What It's Worth

Monday, January 15, 2018

monday musings

New Year, New Me!

20171223_144202Ok…not really, but I did decide to organize my desk. And this happened in December so yeah, not a new year thing…lol

So anyway…while Christmas shopping I found these plate holders for $1 at Crate & Barrel. They were closing that store and selling everything, including the displays.

I bought 4 and here’s what I did what them. Maybe it will inspire you to use weird things to get organized!


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I organized my tapes and scissors. Used empty jars to corral rubber bands, paper clips, and small props I use for Instagram pics. I put it on top of an white wood box that was lying around full of junk and voila! I think it looks really pretty. And it completely uncluttered my desk.


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#2

My larger rolls of tape and my smaller notepads. Don't ask why I have so much duct tape. I don't know, but it's cute. 


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#3

Used the third rack to store my electronic devices – phones, e-readers, tablet. You can’t really see, but I use cute binder clips behind the rack to thread charger wires through and keep them in place/ accessable. It makes a great charging station. I was already doing this with a metal plate rack but the white one matches the desk and looks better.

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#4

I needed a place to store my necklaces and bracelets that put them in my vision so I actually wear them and prevent them from being a knotted mess.

I used removable picture hanging strips to adhere it to the wall.

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That’s all the plate racks. I also bought Poppin Sofite Grip Grass & tray from Staples to organize my pens and post-it tab collection and added a quote decal that I got for review via the Amazon Vine program.

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Exciting right? Just me? lol I know, but I wanted to share anyway because I’m happy typing away at my organized desk now. I actually enjoy being stuck here now. 😜

I should have done a before and after but I’m sure he can all imagine a desk with scattered papers, pens, tape and general crap. Now to see if I can keep it this way!

What are your favorite DIY organizing tips? Feel free to share links in the comments!

35 comments:

  1. Quote:
    "Don't ask why I have so much duct tape. I don't know, but it's cute."
    Haha, you read my mind.

    So, that's really pretty and creative! I hope Figment won't mess with it LOL.

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    1. He doesn't sprawl on my desk too much anymore. He sleeps on my chair now and leaves me a little sliver of space to sit. lol

      I do use the duct tape when I ship out things but no idea how it all started lol

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  2. Okay I am so jealous of your workspace. Mine is in the laundry room and yeah, not so welcoming. Also noisy. So I don't really work there. I've tried to pretty it up, but still not working for me. I need to sort out my stuff - I'm using an old three drawer thing on wheels and it's just a bit of a mess.
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    1. Mine has been a mess of papers for a few years now. I pretty much just kept moving the pile over lol This has lasted a whole three weeks so far!

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  3. Ooo I love your workspace, my ish is an absolute mess. I bought my first craft supplies container from Michael's so it's a step in the right direction.

    Also. Where do you get your washi tape?

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    1. You have to start somewhere!

      The fox tape was a gift - the rest was on clearance ($4 for the set of 6) at Michael's.

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  4. How fun - I love to organize!!! Also, I love your reading sign. ;)

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    1. If you mean the "fuck off I'm reading..." that's a bookmark a friend made me for Christmas a few years back. I <3 it!

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  5. You really put those plate holders to creative uses! My goal this year is to minimize even more. I am so sick of moving junk around to clean or to find something ;)

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    1. Yessssss! Me too. I've been de-cluttering for a few years now. I've been taking it one space/room at a time or else it's too overwhelming.

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  6. Oh my goodness. I would have never thought to use those like that. Wanna come over and help organize my desk? It's a complete shit show. :cringes: What's sad is that it is huge and has a hutch with little cubbies and such, and I still have stuff everywhere. >.< I'm not an organizer. I'm more of a sweep/push it in an area where people can't see it and call it a day.

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    1. I'm the same. To clear off the desk meant piling everything on the printer lol I really should have done a before pic.

      I have a spare room that I don't even go in anymore because the clutter freaks me out! hehe

      I had seen the plate rack idea in a magazine.

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  7. Lovely, I wish I was as organised as you. :)

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  8. I love what you did with those plate holders!! And it speaks to my organized heart. At least in my dreams, everything has a place and purpose :) ha! I love that store... I don't know if we have any by me, but will have to check. Thanks for sharing (love that you repurposed for hanging jewelry!).

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    1. I'm working towards that. One small space at a time.

      I should have bought more but I thought they were just changing seasonal displays - not closing the store. We still have one in Tampa (this was in Orlando)

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  9. Such a cute workspace and so organized! Love how you used your finds!

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    1. Thanks. it's bright and cheery and is helping me fight off the winter blues.

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  10. Wow that's pretty creative! I like that saying above your computer too... pretty cool!

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    1. Thanks. I loved it too and it even better it was FREE lol For review anyway.

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  11. Very clever and creative. Love what you did with those racks!

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  12. That is very clever. I love what you did with those plate racks. I've been systematically going through all my things and pitching, giving away, and putting in containers and bins, too. I love a clear flat surface to encourage creativity and production. Love what you did, Karen!

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    1. Me too. It's crazy how much crap we collect over the years.

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  13. Oh wow, I need to organize all my stuff. Will start as soon as I'm done with the baby shower I'm doing in less than 2 weeks now. It has consumed my life! Looks great Karen! :)

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    1. I bet that shower takes a lot of you! I'm not good at planning things like that lol

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  14. You have a really cute set up! I am in dire need of organizing my desk area. It's truly scary right now. You have inspired me to do something about it.

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    1. I really wish I had taken a before picture because it was a mess. lol

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  15. Jeez Karen, this is super organized! My "tidy" desk probably looks like your "before" image, haha. And I love all your washi tapes...and that adorable fox-print journal!

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  16. That's a great use of them. I love using things for unconventional stuff, too. I use a plate rack like those for my cutting boards and similar under my sink. Keeps things nice and tidy :)

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