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Curate Your Life: Desk Drawer

Once the leftmost corner of my desk became clean, I decided I wanted a clean drawer in that “clean corner” too! So I completely emptied out that drawer and wiped out the dust.

I started by placing my two staplers inside the drawer, then added refills in the back. One stapler is a mini-size that I can take on-the-go, and the other is a standard sized stapler that can be used for larger stacks of paper. Then I added a glue stick but the cylindrical shape caused it to roll around. I rummaged through my room and found a box lid that held the glue stick, a box of mini staple refills, and my pencil sharpener- which I had emptied out in the spirit of cleaning. Everything fit nice and snug and I was happy that I had found a solution to having random bits and bobs rolling around in my drawer.

The next thing I added was this hole punch and this compass, but I had mixed feelings about both. I rarely use them but I don’t want to get rid of them, because on that rare occasion I do need them I want them on hand. Minimalists say that you could always borrow what you need from someone else, but I’m not a minimalist and I don’t know that anyone around me keeps a hole punch. Besides, the last thing I want to bother people about is something as trivial as a hole punch. It would probably be easier to run out and buy another hole punch than to wait weeks on end for a friend to remember to bring a hole punch, and if I went and bought a new one then haven’t I just increased my footprint for the sake of a hole punch?!

Tape is always handy to have on hand, and in my case, double-sided tape has proven useful too! I recently learned about this doubled sided tape dispenser that works the same way as white-out tape and I actually like it a lot. Once I finish up the one by Scotch tape, I’ll throw it out and just keep the “tape glue.”

So this is my finished office supply drawer! As you can see I’ve snuck some paperclips, and magnetic tape in the back there as well. I hardly ever use paperclips because I don’t like the way they crease the paper, but while I’m in school I do need the odd paperclip every now and then. The magnetic tape is for a paint palette project that I’ll share with you in the future, so it’ll stay in that drawer until I’ve finished it.

Your Turn ♥ What do you keep in your drawer of office supplies?

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  • http://www.diamondcanopy.com/ Winnie

    Oh I love office supplies! I don’t have a drawer like yours, I have a big desk drawer full of random things, I really need a clear out – you’ve inspired me!

    • http://www.silentlyfree.com/ Kim

      Yayyy you can clear out your drawers with me lol! I still have 6 drawers to get through and the rest of my room as well (*faints*).

  • http://star-violet.com Becky

    I feel you on the hole punch thing! Your philosophy towards that makes so much sense. This just reminds me I need to clear out my desk drawer soon, haha. It’s something that I need to reorganize every now and again because it gets real messy real quick.

    My drawers are pretty much full of random things, not so much just office supplies. I have a few notebooks, stickers, instax film, business cards, and my lacrosse ball for self massage hehe. It’s more for things I regularly reach for!

    • http://www.silentlyfree.com/ Kim

      My other drawers are more like your drawers too! Definitely stickers, definitely instax film, and a lot of things I probably need to clean out hehe. I always wish I had like 5 top drawers so that I could keep everything I reached for there xD

  • http://www.christinelovestotravel.com/ Christine loves to travel

    I have a lot of random items on my desk drawers. Mostly paper, stationaries, and my art supplies.
    I really need to clean up my drawers again and get rid of a lot of things.

    • http://www.silentlyfree.com/ Kim

      How do you store your art supplies? Right now that’s been one of my biggest challenges. I really need to get a handle on my art supplies xD

      • http://www.christinelovestotravel.com/ Christine loves to travel

        I’m not organized at all. I shoved everything in my drawer :(

        • http://www.silentlyfree.com/ Kim

          Hehe, that’s pretty much what I did, but I got frustrated because I couldn’t find anything lol

  • http://zu-hause-blog.blogspot.com Anna

    Looks good! I don’t even have a desk drawer unfortunately!

    • http://www.silentlyfree.com/ Kim

      Really? Where do you keep things like office supplies and such? :O