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Staying Organized | Office Edition

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This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Sharpie, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia  #StaplesBTS


Did you catch Ellie in the picture above? Ha! She loves to help me with all my blog and work projects. Over the last year, my little business has gotten…well busy! We moved into our house at the perfect time, I needed a little more space to work! Technically, I have two “office” spaces in our house. First, I have this little corner in our playroom. That’s where my laptop sits, I paint, keep my to-do lists, blog, edit photos, and color with Ellie. And then I have the guest room that serves as my production room. You know, the printing, cutting, packaging, and mail room. There’s a reason the door is shut most of the time. 😉

Unfortunately, my little desk in the corner has been neglected over the past week or so and it turned into a HUGE mess. Actually, I’m kind of embarrassed to show you the before photo. It was a disaster! Take a look:

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See what I mean? It turned into a junk pile! And it took less than a week! I still had textbooks up on the shelf from three semesters ago (why!?), papers everywhere, baby dolls, hair stuff, you name it. I couldn’t get any work done! And this wasn’t the first time my desk has looked like this. In fact, this picture was becoming a regular occurrence. I needed everything to be a little more put together, hence operation organize began!

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I couldn’t start organizing until I took a quick shopping trip. You know, for the essentials. I have been losing my pens like crazy, so I picked up a few packages of Sharpies from Staples. (See those fine/ultra fine markers? They’re are on sale! Right now! Stock up while they last.)

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I took another quick trip to Ikea for a few galvanized pots, magazine holders, and boxes for storage and then I was ready to go! It took a load to the garbage and a little bit of time (you know, since I had a toddler helping me out 😉 but my desk is finally organized! Now I can work in peace. Blessed day! I love having separate tins to organize my art supplies. It makes them way easier to find instead of grabbing a paintbrush when I need a pen. Those ultra-fine tip Sharpies work really well when writing a quick note or a deadline on my calendar.

Speaking of calendars, I love having a large one on my desk. It makes it easier to write down notes or appointments when I think of them and it’s a good reminder every day. The bright, colorful Sharpies make it easier for me to distinguish between a personal or business event. Hooray for color coordinating!

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I picked up the patterned magazine holders from the dollar section at Target and everything else at Ikea. The top shelf is where I store supplies, painting, paper, notebooks, you name it. It’s nice to have them organized and labeled! Before, I could hardly find…well anything!

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I made this notepad to sit by my big desk calendar. I’m a huge fan of to-do lists and it’s so nice to have everything written out for the day. I usually have two lists every day, a business to-do list and a home/personal to-do list. I tackle the business list during naptime and Ellie helps me with the other stuff during the day.

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Ellie was thrilled that my desk was so clean. It’s way easier for her to climb on when it’s not a mess! 😉

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Whew! There you have it. Operation organize desk complete. Hopefully it stays this neat. 😉 How do you stay organized? Have any tips you can pass on to me?

Alexa Zurcher




  • Anonymous

    Your office looks fabulous! Side note: your handwriting is really cute. 🙂

  • Whitney @ Southern Hope

    So cute, I'm pinning it! Working on creating my own workspace at home this gave me great ideas, thanks!

  • Laurie

    I love your little office space! So pretty. I am a big fan of the paint color on your walls. We painted both our bathroom and our guest bedroom that same color a few years ago. Your desk space looks so neat and organized. It looks great! Where did you get the cable line hanging over your desk where you have the clothespins? Is that from IKEA?

  • Jaelan @ Making Mrs. M

    I love your little office nook! It's so light and airy!

  • Kaitlin Rose

    I love your space! My office is very similar, just a slightly brighter blue! Ikea is the best. Going on Saturday!!

  • Amy

    Isn't it amazing when things are cleaned up and organized how much more productive we are? Sure love your office space! But mostly love that little helper girl 😉 xoxoxoxo

  • Arrows & Apricots

    Your desk space is so cute! I just might have to recreate it at my house 🙂 Plus you have the CUTEST helper!

  • The White Family

    Love your space, so cute! And your little girl is a darling!

  • Ashley Kelly

    So cute! You're making me want my own home and a decorating budget! 😛 And I love how you can even take marketing campaigns and slap them right into a cute post like it's no skin off your nose. Talent.

  • Unknown

    Love your little space…super cute! And of course your little one makes it even cuter, she is adorable!

  • Unknown

    What a darling little space (of course, I expect nothing less from you)! It's a genius idea to have an office in the corner of the playroom so you can work and still be with Ellie while she plays. 🙂

  • Love always, Jess

    K your office is ADORABLE! I love the color choices.

  • Corina

    You are so awesome. Love this post! You've inspired me to maybe clean my desk later. Ha!

  • Abby @Lip Gloss & Yoga Pants

    I love that to do list note pad…do you sell them? It's such a great idea to have a little office in the playroom…especially one that is so adorable!

  • mks

    I love your little space! It's so cheery. I have those same tins for pens, markers. Etc. One tip to keep me organzied is to have a place for everything. EVERYTHING. I also have to make things easy to put away or it doesn't happen.

  • Alexa Zurcher

    Hi Abby! I'm hoping to have the notepads in the shop soon..stay tuned. And yes, I love having my desk in the playroom. So nice!

  • Unknown

    love your desk area! so cute! and as far as staying organized, a tip that has always helps me is if it takes less than 60 seconds to do, do it right away. so many times i try to put stuff of and just say, "i'll get to it later." but then later never comes and all those little messes turn into one big one! yikes. so doing the little jobs right away help me out tons! hope this maybe helps you 🙂

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