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Home Organizing for Back to school, Seattle Washington


Let’s continue with preparing for back to school!

I’ve talked a lot about work spaces–however, today I am going to focus on desks–for kids and adults!

Before delving in though, it’s important to address whether your child needs a desk in their room or not.  I generally point to no–most kids work at the kitchen table and need interaction.  Check out this article from Home Key’s Blog for info: Learning Styles and Homework Spaces

Let’s get to work!

Make it Simple and Easy to Restore

pen organizing seattle home organizer professional organizing

When looking for pictures of pen and pencil jars, there are so many fancy ones, sorted perfectly.  Beautiful–but how often does that really happen?  Keep it to one jar, and sort it out frequently.  One for colored pencils, one for pens, one for markers, one for regular pencils…it makes my head spin even to type that many things!  Keep it to one.  It’ll take up less space, anyway.


(The above image comes from a beautiful blog post over at Sweet Tea and Sundays:  Details of a Perfect Little Space)


Keep the Drawers Sparse

desk drawer organizing

There is no need to keep a lot of office-y junk.  Hear me?  No need!  If you haven’t used it in forever, you probably wont.  If you keep your drawer looking like the one above, you won’t want all that junk, anyway.

Keep A Clear Head–and Desk Top


“Studies have shown that the person who works with a messy desk spends, on average, one and a half hours per day looking for things or being distracted by things. That’s seven and a half hours per week,” says time management speaker and consultant Dr. Donald E. Wetmore

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