Have you ever seen that t-shirt that says,
“I’m not OCD; I’m CDO. It’s like the same thing but in the right order.”
I confess, there’s a small part of that which resonates with me.
And that part has been struggling to come to terms with the fact that my desk is no longer in a designated office. As you may have noticed when I shared our new rug in the entry way…
It’s right by the front door and visible from almost the entire downstairs.
Though it was in a similar location looking out the front window in our last house (you can tour my previous office here if you’d like), it was a separate room.
With my vintage file cabinet and walls to hide my mess. 😉
But no longer.
So I did the responsible thing and started by shopping the house.
This basket and a (formerly dark red) magazine holder that used to belong to Mr. Pax’s grandparents were my perfect solution.
A little white paint and some cute file folders a sweet friend had given me, and I am all set.
I do have two little drawers in my desk for office supplies and such, but the basket and the magazine holder allow me to keep my desk clear of clutter: papers, calendars, clipboards, usb drives, and more stay down there. They’re easy to look through, quick to access, and – most importantly – out of sight when I’m not working at my desk.
Don’t worry, I still have my vintage file cabinet, but it is now upstairs in my husband’s office… And walking upstairs every time I have a paper to put away is simply not practical. So every so often, I will file things away en masse. So far, it’s working pretty well.
What do you think? Could an upcycled magazine holder and basket help you keep your desk clutter at bay?
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