DIY Sunday: Keeping a Clean Desk

organized desk

A workspace should be clear, clean, and under control –whether at home or at the office. With all the things on our to do lists,  it may be the last thing on our mind but getting organized is the first step to tackling the rest. And you know what’s always a mess? No, not the desk surface itself. The fact that it’s probably buried beneath books and paperwork is a whole different story. I’m talking about organizing trays and pen/pencil holders. Somehow, they always end up stuffed with a lot more than they should be. Hair ties, chocolate,  and candy from LAST year’s Halloween? Please clear that out before Willy Wonka seeks revenge.

The secret is to keep things in clear containers, that way you’ll have to keep it neat. Choose pretty glass jars in different shapes for added interest. Scroll below to learn how!

Before

What you’ll need:

1 old jar (jam, pasta sauce, if it’s pretty it works)

1 candy jar or elongated glass

1 pack of pencils

white erasers

Instructions:

It’s really as simple as choosing which jar is for erasers, and which is for pencils& pens! Once that decision is out of the way, fill them up and watch your desk become the fairest of them all.

Style is served!

Neat Necklace Hangers

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I can’t be the only one with this issue: great necklaces get all tangled and before you can undo the damage, you’ve already given up on wearing one.

As a victim of the forever stuck together curse, I had to come up with a solution. Jewelry boxes? Too messy! Bowls? Too boring! And leaving them out in the open on your dresser? Too risky! After all, you don’t want your favourite piece falling into the abyss under your bed, never to be found again. So stick with something that’s both decorative and organized, like these necklace hangers. Perched up on the wall, your precious jewels are turned to art –in an instant!

To make them, here’s what you’ll need:

1 coat hanger

1 knob (Anthropologie has a great selection to suit all tastes)

A drill

Pencil

An old newspaper

Safety glasses

hangers

Once your materials are all set, mark the wall with a pencil where you want your knob to be and make sure that you’ve selected a spot where there are no pipes or electrical wires!Lay out sheets of old newspaper on the floor underneath this mark because things are about to get a little messy (or just plain dusty). Then take your drill (with safety glasses stylishly on) and make a hole that is as deep as your chosen knob requires. Things only get more simple from here: insert the knob, place your necklaces on the hanger, and then hang it up!

There you have it! They look great and are functional beside a dresser,  or can add height in pairs above your bed.

Style is served!