Dirty Little Secret Friday {Office Desk Drawers}

Posted by on January 31, 2014 in Organization | 26 comments

And the organizing continues! Week 5 takes us back to the office, this time on a bit smaller scale. The craft closet re-do that I kicked off this series with in the beginning of the month was quite the undertaking. This week’s project took an hour. Maybe an hour and a half. The results, however, still make me smile!


Project Organize


Let me give you a bit of background before we begin. Our office update started towards the end of last year, and we are {very slowly} making progress. Here are a couple before pictures of the office:

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Office before


And the other side … the wall area where the desk now resides:


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Office before

Lots of wood paneling, dingy white paint, and an outdated cabinet stuck on the wall (in an odd spot).

Here is the latest view of that same wall pictured above:

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Much better, right? No more yellow-y wood, MUCH brighter, a new chair, but it still has quite a ways to go. For example (on this side of the room alone) …

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Office To Do

What, you don’t like the Pampers box overflowing with kid’s craft stuff?? I was thinking it added a nice touch. But yes, we are moving in the right direction {very slowly}, but we still have a lot to do (as shown above). So what did I do this week?


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Yep, the resolution was to organize one thing a week. Small ‘areas’ included, and my drawer situation was driving. me. crazy. So, that’s what I’ve got for this week!

Now, for the before shots:

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The drawers before

And a closer look …

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Drawer 1 Before

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Drawer 2 Before


They could use some organization, agree? Well, here’s MY 5 step process …



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Contents of drawers

As for the sorting, here’s what I discovered (and the questions I asked myself):

  1. I have a whole lot of pens that don’t work.
  2. Why do I have 6 opened scotch tape rolls ANd 3 open packing tape rolls?
  3. Why am I keeping my snap setter and heart punch that are clearly broken and unrepairable??
  4. I don’t need an actual calculator in arm’s reach … my phone has one that will do the trick just fine (and that’s always within reach) Also, I don’t think this calculator has had working batteries since college. Or maybe high school.
  5. Why am I keeping my college ID from freshman year in my desk drawer?? Do I really think I can still use this for those college student discounts?!?!
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because you should always keep your ID from 10+ years ago with reach at all times … (okay, it was almost 15 years ago)


STEP 3: CLEAN OUT DRAWERS AND LINE WITH SHELF PAPER (because it makes it oh-so-much-perdy-ier)


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Shelf papered drawers


That pattern might be a bit busy, but I happened to have it on hand, and it’s better than the white textured bottom which acted like a glitter magnet and held tightly to stains.




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Double Labeled Organizer!! No more excuses!!

I used my existing drawer organizer (from Ikea), cleaned it out, and labeled the compartments … twice. I labeled the bottoms with these fun sparkly pink letters, and then labeled the tops with white adhesive shelf paper and a copper sharpie marker (did you know such thing existed??? ). This way, I can tell where something goes when the compartment is empty AND when it already has stuff in it! NO EXCUSES, HERE!

More labels …

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More labels


Target had these fun tiny metal square organizers in the dollar spot this past week. I bought 6 … and they’re perfect for organizing all this small drawer stuff.

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Drawer 1 labeled

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Drawer 2 complete




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Stick drawers back in place!



Drawers back into desk …

And there you have it! My organizing task for the week … complete. Check out the before and after shots:


Let’s revisit the office TO DO list one more time (and its current status):

  • Paint
  • Rearrange
  • Organize closet (check out the before and afters here)
  • Update black file cabinet (read about that here)
  • Add storage bench
  • Add rug
  • Add wall shelving and organization (I’ve started … you may have notice by message board and ikea wall organizer going up?)
  • Add some wall art
  • Organize desk drawers
  • Add storage for kid’s crafts
  • Hide power cords
  • Organize INSIDE of file cabinet
  • New storage for magazines, etc
  • New light fixture
  • New flooring (replace carpet)
  • Build built-in desk


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Happy Friday, and I hope you all have a WONDERFUL weekend!




  1. Can you come to my house? I’m in desperate need of organization!!!
    I just love how you got yourself so neat and tidy – awesome!

    • Ha! Hi Ang … You should see all the places that still need major help in my house!!! Ugh. Thanks for stopping over! Have a great weekend!!

  2. This is awesome! So pretty and everything is arranged so well! Need you to come over to my place ASAP!! I love your Dirty Little Secret Friday Series :)
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  3. aaaah Organization makes my heart pitter patter! it’s looking so awesome in that drawer now.
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  4. Thanks, Bette. Now, if I could just SPELL!!! Augh!!!
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  5. Your dirty little secret posts are always so motivating to me! I have SO MANY drawers like this!! I really need to just organize and label everything. Great job, love!
    Sonnet @ SohoSonnet Creative Living recently posted…15 Modern Furniture MakeoversMy Profile

    • Thanks, Sonnet! I have plenty more, too. Thanks for stopping by! Hope your weekend is starting off well, and that you’re drinking some good beer right now. Have a couple for me :)
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  6. Another great job Katie!! Your office looks great, I would love to do my crafts in there. Can’t wait to get a bigger house one to have my own craft/photography area. You did an awesome job organizing your drawer. I really need to do this!
    Courtney @ Crafts by Courtney recently posted…Fun DIY Scrapbook Paper Valentine Heart Card for KidsMy Profile

  7. You’re not alone, I still have my college id in an old wallet somewhere. Not like I’m going to be able to use a card that is 12 years old.

    New to your blog and had to say Go Hawks!
    Amber @ Luv & Laughter recently posted…7 Things About MeMy Profile

    • Hi Amber!! So glad you took a minute to say hi!! Yes … Go hawks!!! Another win tonight!

  8. Great organization! I love the fabrics and how the room looks now.
    Cynthia L recently posted…Thai Turkey Fried Rice – A #FrugalFamilyMealMy Profile

    • Cynthia, thanks for the note. The room looks much better! It still has a ways to go, but we’re getting there! Have a great week!

  9. Holy Moly!!! What a difference! I love your office space and your organized drawers!!
    Selene Galindh recently posted…January In The SpotlightMy Profile

  10. I need to put liners down in my drawers and in my fridge. I like the liners you put down they don’t look busy to me at all.
    Deedra recently posted…Dinner Challenge # 1My Profile

    • Ahhh …I totally need to do this in my fridge. It’s a giant sticky mess right now. Thanks for stopping by and for leaving a sweet note! Hope you’re having a great week!

  11. Your drawers look great! I have some drawers that need doing! Thanks for the motivation :)
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  12. So cute!! Love the chevron!!
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  13. Looks great. It’s amazing how quickly drawers can go from “tidy and organised” to “everything bunged in on top”. You had clearly done some organisation before in those lovely ikea drawer dividers, I agree that periodically taking everything out and really looking at it to see if it’s still needed is the only way to keep them nice. Do you find you have a peek inside your lovely tidy drawers every time you go in the office now? I know I would!
    I love your college id, thank you so much for sharing it with us!
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  14. Pinning this for inspiration!! Getting ready to redo my office/guest room this weekend!!
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  15. It looks a million times better – especially getting rid of the yellow-ish walls. Do you ever miss having your sewing table under the window. I moved mine to a spot that isn’t under the window – and I miss it like crazy. I had to put an extra big lamp there to light up the space.

  16. Your project and series rock!
    Thanks for sharing it with us at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy!
    Congratulations – you are one of my featured guests this week!

    • Wonderful! Thank you so much! Hope your weekend was great!

  17. Wow! This is beautiful…Excited to see the finished room!

    Ariean @OneKriegerChick recently posted…Life at the Krieger House…keepin’ it realMy Profile

  18. Love all the pretty labeled perfection in those drawers! And if you felt the need to bring that chair to me as a President’s Day gift it would be great. :) I’m on the hunt for the perfect chair for my mid-makeover craft room.

  19. Wow, that looks fantastic! It is amazing how much better a room feels when it is organized. Thanks for sharing, I love the pictures!
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