Organizing my office drawer {1 hour or less}

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I have changed things around here a bit in an effort to get organized in 2015. I don’t have a dedicated room as an office so I try to use dressers or side tables with drawers as a place to keep my office supplies. A couple of days ago, I started organizing my office drawer. It wasn’t overly stuffed with junk, it just needed to be organized.

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Organizing my office drawer / Use stackable office supply dividers in a drawer to keep small items together

The problem was, there was nothing keeping like items together.

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Do your drawers look like this?

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I took everything out and started fresh.

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I had a set of old office supply organizers that fit perfectly inside the drawer.

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I think the smaller containers would also work nicely to organize jewelry. I have had these fabric covered dividers from HomeGoods for a couple years and I am finally putting them to good use.

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I decided to separate out the paper clips by color and keep the elastics together in another slot.

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These items are daily go-to items that I always need for one thing or another. I have another dresser full of craft items that I don’t use as often.

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This dresser is in our family room behind my newly created desk area. I will share that soon!

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When you don’t have a dedicated room as an office, you have to improvise and work with what you have. We have so many multipurpose rooms in our home, it’s the only way for us! ha. You don’t really have a choice when you live with four generations under one roof.

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Doesn’t it look so much better? Don’t laugh but I tend to use colored paper clips when I am organizing my editorial calendar. Each color represents a brand and project due date. I know, kind of crazy but it makes my calendar look pretty ;). Green means finished and red means “to do.”

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Organizing my office drawer took about one hour. That’s it! If I wasn’t taking pictures, it would have taken less time. Empty, purge, add storage containers and place items in their new home. Easy! For me, I love doing “in house” DIY projects such as organizing and creating functional spaces during the winter months. It’s way to cold outside to be cutting wood, sanding or spray painting. Trust me, I would much prefer laying on the couch in front of the fire and watching soap opera’s (that’s what my gram does all day!!) but something about getting organized motivates me and keeps me going. Winter is a depressing time for me so these little projects and “little wins” keep me sane ;). Happy organizing!

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  1. I am so glad to know that I’m not the only one who divides their paper clips by color! The drawer looks so much better afterwards. My house may be messy but my drawers and closets need to be neat. I’m weird like that,

  2. I need to do this! Very inspiring Jessica!!!!!

  3. I’m planning to do this as part of the “40 bags in 40 days.” I need to get out and get dividers for the stuff that’s left.

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