Sunday, November 1, 2009

October Round-Up!

Organizing Blog

For my very first Round-Up I jumped on board for the Drawer challenge. The hardest part of it was deciding what drawers to organize.

After opening and closing pretty much every drawer in the apartment, not that there are that many, I decided to do the top two in my art 'storage' beside my desk. I forgot to take a picture of the second drawer. Different drawer, different stuff, same mess.

P - Consolidate all the office supplies into the top two drawers of my art storage.

What's the problem? Office supplies in four (FOUR!) different drawers. Computer paper on other side of room from printer. Three hole punch on other side of room. Blank labels for printer not even in the same room.

What's working? Nice wide drawers. Like items stored with like items.

What's not working? No central area for office supplies. Need to make multiple trips to multiple drawers to get paper/pans/scissors/hole punch.

R - Removed everything from both drawers. Put the non slip drawer liner back in.

O - Sorted everything into piles. Got rid of a few handfuls of pens.

C - Since I knew I was going to tackle my drawers I looked around the apartment for some drawer organizer containers. When I purged stuff I freed up a few and I had a few sitting in the storage closet waiting for a new home.

E - How's this working for me now? It's working great! I know where everything is. I can put my hands on printer paper, the hole punch and the stapler without leaving my desk. What needs to be changed? The baskets are sliding around a little still since the shelf liner I put in isn't really staying down. Also? The liner is just plain UGLY!

S - I am going to get some zip ties and connect all the baskets in their configurations. That should keep them from sliding around so much. I'm also going to get some black shelf liner for the drawers to add some visual interest.

S - Next comes smiling! Which I am certainly doing as I am no longer fumbling for any of the supplies I use on a daily basis. It's also just *so* pretty!


  1. Fantastic job on your first round up!!!

  2. Wow, that looks great! The zip ties are a great idea! Congratulations!

  3. it appears that you also used Julie Morgenstern's Organizing From the Inside Out technique as well. Regardless, you did an amazing job!

  4. Looks more like the Process Steps from I'm an Organizing Junkie, personally. . . which is where the round-up is held. . . so most likely the more accurate assumption.

    Congrats on winning!

  5. Looks great! Congrats on winning. :-)

  6. So happy to tell you that you won the round-up! Send me an email and we'll get you squared away with your prize. Way to go!!!

  7. Great idea! Congratulations on winning