Day 29: Desk Drawers {31 Days of Easy Decluttering} | From Overwhelmed to Organized: Day 29: Desk Drawers {31 Days of Easy Decluttering}

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Day 29: Desk Drawers {31 Days of Easy Decluttering}

Welcome back to 31 Days of Easy Decluttering!  If you've missed any of the previous posts, there are links to all of them at the end of this post or in the tab at the top of the page.

Today's Easy Decluttering Project

Today we're talking about decluttering your desk drawers.  If you don't have a desk, then you can declutter whatever drawer or cabinet that you keep your office supplies or files in.

Desk drawers are helpful for keeping clutter off desk surfaces, which helps the overall room feel less cluttered.  But without a good organizational system in place, desk drawers can become dumping grounds.  Then they become chaotic and you can't find what you're looking for, which wastes time (and money if you end up buying more of something that you already have).

Let's stop the frustration, and declutter a desk drawer today!  I recommend choosing the one that frustrates you the most :)

Easy Decluttering Steps

Throughout the series, you'll follow these steps to complete each daily task.  {Don't forget to take before and after pictures to share too!}

Note: The main purpose of this series is to declutter so don't get overwhelmed doing too much cleaning.  Once your house is less cluttered it will be easier to clean so you can always come back and do it later!

Also, if you have the time, you can organize the space while you're doing this step, but don't get overwhelmed with too much organizing this month.  We're focused on decluttering!

Purging Tips for Desk Drawers

Follow the steps listed above, and use these tips as you purge (step #5) your desk drawer (depending on the contents and purpose of the drawer you choose some of these steps may not apply):

  • Throw out or recycle all garbage that you find (including pens that don't work!)
  • Relocate items that don't belong in your desk drawer (based on the purpose you determined in step #1 above)
  • Give away or donate excess office / school supplies (see note below)
  • See the guidelines in this post for how long you should keep important documents 
  • Recycle paperwork that contains information you can find online
  • Shred any unnecessary paperwork with your name, address, or account numbers on it 
  • If your desk drawers contain "junk drawer" items such as batteries, cords, keys, etc., check out the tips in Day 3: Junk Drawers for more decluttering tips

Got a little too excited about those back-to-school deals and bought enough pencils, erasers, glue sticks, notepads, and pocket folders to keep a small school going for a few years?  Donate the items you don't need in the next few months.  There will be more sales in the future and you can restock your supplies then.  In the meantime, you'll be better able to see and use what you have if you can get your drawers open :)

Schools and after-school programs are great places to donate excess office supplies.  You can also pack shoeboxes around this time of year for various charities.  Or add new supplies to Christmas gifts.

My Desk Drawers

I organized both of the desks in our home earlier this year.  You can see all the posts under the Organizing My Home tab at the top of the page (just scroll down to the office section).

Before I organized the desk drawers, I did a lot of decluttering.  I recycled and shredded a lot of old paperwork and threw away a bunch of pens and markers that didn't work.  I also gave away a bunch of  office supplies that we weren't using.

Check out Desk Drawers Part One and Desk Drawers Part Two for all the before and after pictures, as well as tips for organizing desk drawers.

Here are a few "after" pictures for you.

The clutter is gone and the drawers are organized to help prevent the clutter from returning! 

Pictures and Links to Inspire You

I included pictures of a lot of beautiful offices in my Day 27: Offices post during the 31 Days of Organizing Tips series last fall, so I won't repost them all here.  Please go check it out though!

That post also includes information on how long to keep paperwork in Canada in the U.S.  And, I showed ideas for creating an office area if you don't have a separate room available.  Lots of great stuff in that post! You really need to check it out :) 

If You're On A Roll...

You can declutter more desk drawers.  Or you can organize the drawer you just decluttered to keep the clutter away in the future.

Visit my Office Organizing board for more ideas on organizing your desk drawers to combat the clutter.

You can find more decluttering tips and lots of motivation and inspiration for decluttering on my Decluttering/Purging Tips & Ideas board.

For DIY organizing ideas, take a peek at my DIY Organizers board (great drawer organizer ideas!)

For cleaning tips, you'll find a bunch on my Cleaning & Cleaning Supplies board

Good luck with today's decluttering project!  I'd love to hear how you did, so please leave a comment below, or on FacebookGoogle+, or Pinterest!

Note:  I've decided not to host a link party at the end of this series.  But on the last day I will feature pictures that you have shared throughout the series.   Please send me pictures of your decluttering efforts this month! {organizerhilda at gmail dot com}

I've seen pictures on Facebook, but the Pinterest hashtag #31DaysEasyDecluttering isn't working properly.  Please leave me a comment or email me with links to the pins you've shared of your progress so I can check them out!  Thanks!

How many items did you declutter from your desk drawer today?  How do you organize your desk drawers to help keep them clutter free? 

Happy organizing decluttering!

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