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Desk Organization

How To Organize Your Desk: get your office and craft room organized with unlikely and beautiful containers from the thrift store.

How To Organize Your Desk: get your office and craft room organized with unlikely and beautiful containers from the thrift store.

How To Organize Your Desk

It’s January, so it just seems right that we should all be organizing all the things -including doing a little desk organization.  Today I’m partnering with Stouffville Care and Share, my local MCC Thrift Store.  Organization doesn’t have to be boring.  I found some really beautiful and unexpected containers at the thrift store and I’m sharing how to organize your desk with some unlikely containers that will add a little bit of beauty and well as organization to your space.  It reminded me once again, that the most wonderful pairing is when something is both functional and beautiful.  

Vintage Silver Office Supply Containers

Desk Organization using thrift store silver containers

Desk supplies in vintage silver containers

I started out in the silver section of the thrift store and found some beautiful old silver treasures. 

Succulents in a vintage silver teapot

We gave an old teapot new life filling it with succulents, and an egg cup a new purpose holding paper clips. 

Paperclip holder

I looked for all silver containers that were small enough to organize all my small office supplies. 

Desk Organization: get your office and craft room organized with unlikely and beautiful containers of silver, wood, and metal from the thrift store.

paint brushes in a vintage silver cup

When you’re thinking about how to organize your desk, it’s a great idea to group containers together.  I’ve grouped them on the corner of my desk and they look so beautiful.

Desk Organization: get your office and craft room organized with unlikely and beautiful containers of silver, wood, and metal from the thrift store.

desk supplies organized in vintage silver containers

Your pencils never looked so good. 😉

pencils in a vintage silver cup

Desk Organization: get your office and craft room organized with unlikely and beautiful containers of silver, wood, and metal from the thrift store.

Tart Tin Organizer

sewing supplies organized in an old tart tin

This old baking pan is a bit of an unexpected organizer.  A stroll down the baking aisle at the thrift store led to me to this old tart tin. 

sewing supplies

I had memories of my mom and Grandma making homemade butter tarts, but I also thought it could be the perfect way to organize some sewing supplies.

sewing things in a vintage tin

I found over the years, as a trained teacher, and as a stay-at-home mom to littles years ago, that organized craft, and art materials are like an invitation to get creative.  Sometimes it’s a good thing to have everything tucked away in plastic bins, neatly piled in a craft cupboard.  But I tend to forget what’s in those bins, and forget about the joy of creating. 

There is just something about surrounding yourself with materials that you can see, and access easily that makes you want to make something.  My mom used to have a little sign that said “creative minds are seldom tidy” .   This system is truly, in my opinion the best of both worlds.  It’s equally true for me that a chaotic mess doesn’t put me in a creative mood either.  Having things beautifully organized, but at your finger tips is the perfect in-between for me.

organising sewing supplies

Colour A Rainbow

organizing colouring supplies

All you need to make a rainbow of colouring supplies is some mason jars from the thrift store.  I organized all the markers, pencil crayons, twistable crayons, and gel pens together by colour.  

how to organize art supplies

It’s a cordial invitation to colour.  

how to organize art supplies

I have them all corralled together in a vintage wooden tray -perfect for moving them from room to room for whatever project, or school assignment they’re needed for.

Organizing with Thrifted Storage Boxes

Another favourite thrift store find of mine is interesting little boxes.  When you’re thinking about how to organize your desk small miss matched boxes are great for corralling supplies.

organizing stationary

An old vintage tin, a beautiful fabric covered black and white box, and an old wooden carved small chest make an unlikely, but beautiful set all stacked together and holding stationary.  

desk organization

There’s nothing like a candle, a cup of tea, and all my organized supplies to help me get to some desk work done that’s overdue.

how to organize your desk

I hope that these thrift store finds turned desk organizers have inspired you to visit the Stouffville Care and Share and do a little outside of the box thinking for your usual January organizing.  It’s a reminder for me that organizing can be both beautiful and functional.  And having everything all organized heading into the new year makes me want to get creative with all these great supplies at my fingertips.

With an organized desk, life really is a party!

Want more organization ideas?

Check out this post on Spice Cupboard Organization.

Also check out my Gentle Purging post on organizing old clothes.

You might also enjoy our Craft Cupboard and Work Station post here.

Craft Cupboard and Homework Station: see an old closet turned into an organized craft cupboard and homework station including a portable homework caddy.

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