It doesn’t matter how organised you are (and I consider myself pretty organised considering I am a professional organiser), your desk drawer reflects your state of busy-ness. The busier you are the messier it will be. If only we had plenty of time to rearrange our post-it notes and highlighters.
Here is a strategy from Unclutterer.com for helping you curb the clutter from your desk drawer (which incidentally can also be used for the utensils drawer in the kitchen or toiletries cupboard in the bathroom):
- Take all of the supplies out of the drawer and put them in a small box.
- Clean out your desk organizer and the drawer.
- Go about your work.
- When you need an item, take it out of the box, use it, and then put it away in the top desk drawer.
- After five days have passed, review the items that made it into the top desk drawer and make sure that they are organized in the best way for your needs.
- The items that remain in the box on your desk do not belong in the prime real estate of your top desk drawer.
- Sort through the items and toss out, recycle, or pass along to a co-worker anything that is pure clutter in your desk.
- Find a shelf or lower drawer where the items you need but use less frequently can be stored.
Another top desk drawer organizing idea: While on your next phone call, give all of your pens a test drive to make sure that they work.
Read some other great suggestions from readers here: http://unclutterer.com/2011/03/21/bringing-order-to-your-top-desk-drawer/