What's in Your Desk Drawer?

You must label it!

If you don’t call it a desk drawer (or an office supply drawer, a pencil drawer, etc) it will become a JUNK DRAWER.

Everyone has one of those drawers. You know the one where everything ends up – a giant black hole of nothingness.

Clean out that drawer. Give it a purpose. Make it your desk drawer.

Here’s what you need:

  1. Pens and pencils
  2. A black marker
  3. A stapler
  4. Tape
  5. Sticky notes
  6. Scissors
  7. Paper clips
  8. Envelopes
  9. Stamps
  10. Return address labels
  11. Rubber bands

What else do you put in your desk drawer?

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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.

3 Comments

  1. Janet Barclay on June 5, 2020 at 9:01 am

    I have a big old executive desk with five drawers, including a file drawer. On one hand, it’s wonderful to have so much storage. On the other hand, it makes it too easy to keep more stuff than I should. I did a major purge a few years ago with the intention of replacing the desk with something more modern and compact, but have since decided to keep the desk and the empty drawers have magically refilled themselves. I will say though that I use or am likely to use most of the stuff, and I can generally find what I need fairly quickly.

    • Janet Schiesl on June 5, 2020 at 9:30 am

      I also have a desk with drawers. As I go more paperless I open the two file drawers less often. Wondering if I should get a new desk with less storage.

  2. Janet Schiesl on June 5, 2020 at 9:40 am

    I also have a desk with drawers. As I go more paperless I open the two file drawers less often. Wondering if I should get a new desk with less storage.

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