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Curate Your Life: Desk

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about my thoughts on minimalism and how I’d like to strike a balance between the extremes by curating my life! Since I am in the process of decluttering and curating my life, I thought I would share my journey here on the blog. It will push me to actually do the work to declutter my room, and also consider my space visually as well.

I decided to start with my desk, since it’s where I spend the majority of my time. The first thing I decided to do was to take everything off my desk, so I moved everything to the floor. Basically I cleared off stacks of books and papers from school and piled them up in a corner of my room.

To the left of my monitor I have my succulent terrarium. The glass had accumulated some fingerprints and dust so I used a wet wipe to quickly clean it up. It only took a couple minutes to clean, but I got the emotional satisfaction akin to getting a car wash. I decided to put it on a small coaster add some warmth and to protect the white surface of my desk.

In the space between the terrarium and my monitor, I keep a glass of water. It’s close enough to where I’ll remember to keep hydrated, but far enough from my keyboard to where I won’t accidentally knock it over.

When I’m not using my coasters, I keep them in the small indent of my monitor. I used to have a random assortment of paper clips, post-its, and rubber bands here, but I cleared it all off.

When using post-its, my desk looked cluttered with information scattered everywhere. Now I use a desk planner and all my notes are in one spot. I also think it looks a lot nicer than when I had a bunch of post-its stuck all over my monitor.

I recently changed to a wireless keyboard and mouse setup, and I actually really like it. The reason it took me so long to switch over was because I hated the idea of running out of battery, but now I figure that if I keep a spare set of batteries, I should be ok.

As you can see, the other end of my desk is a bit messy right now. I still haven’t figured out the best way to deal with my art supplies. This is the problem with having arts and crafts as a hobby; you accumulate a different set of supplies for each project you work on. If you keep them boxed up you forget about them altogether, and if you have them on display they take up so much space.

Your Turn ♥ When’s the last time you cleaned out your desk? How do you keep your stuff organized?

P.S. My friend Becky over at Star Violet recently did a desk post too! Make sure to head over to her site for some desk inspiration! 

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