One of my most cluttered spaces in my apartment is the desk. This is a space that is supposed to promote efficiency, critical thinking, and creativity. As you can see, this desk seems to have only promoted a place for piled up documents, mail, and just plain random things (AKA my dusting rag does not belong here). Half of this is junk mail that I never even needed to receive. Well the other day I finally gained the energy to dig through everything and sort it.
Sort into Piles
Yes, I literally sorted through every piece of mail piled up here. Oh, and there was more mail hidden in the cabinet of the desk! Goodness, there was a lot of mail. I made 2 piles: Recycling and Filing Bin. Everything in the recycling pile, as you can guess, was just mail or so outdated I didn’t even know what it was. We also had an absurd amount of notebooks. The ones unused will go to Goodwill and the used ones will hit the recycling bin. We also have a filing bin below that we keep all important documents such as bills due, past bills we need to keep records of, tax information, etc. I recently opted out of all solicited mail so fingers crossed no more junk mail!
Decorate but Not Excessively
Those floating shelves have only supported my knick-knack addiction. I love the look of them, but I just kept piling more STUFF on them! A few pieces is okay to liven up your space. Just because you want to live minimally doesn’t mean that your house has to be super boring. As long as you keep decor to a minimum, it won’t overwhelm you. I’m still not in love with the decor up there, but it’ll do. A couple of those items have sentimental value that I want to keep but they don’t necessarily have a place. We also use the kitchen chair when at the computer, we don’t need a fancy office chair. It works for us. (We plan on refurbishing the chairs).
Utilize Drawer and Cabinet
I wanted to keep the entire top surface of the desk as clean as possible. Sam’s computer, a pen/pencil holder, and printer were the 3 pieces I wanted to keep on there. I did keep a couple of notebooks because sometimes I like to brainstorm on good old fashion paper. All paper and Sam’s video labeling necessities are in the cabinet. Our smaller desk items such as checkbooks, flash drives, stamps, etc are in the drawer.