S is for SPRING CLEANING: Attacking the Desk Mess!

By Denise Reashore

Do you feel like you have too much stuff – we won’t say junk – tidbits of information,  jot notes of a dream, setting descriptions, unfinished stories, elements of a complex plot, and snatches of dialogue cluttering your desk, shelves and drawers? Instead of washing walls, wash your hands of stress caused by a messy writing space.

Try these 8 simple steps:

1)      Create an inspiration board on which to tack photographs, colour samples, descriptions, and bits of dialogue or any relevant information that belongs with your current project.

2)      Stand writers’ magazines in a magazine rack for easy access.

3)      Sticky notes of all sizes are great for when inspiration makes a splash – clean up by tossing them into a colourful bucket that you can put on display.

4)      Check yard sales, second-hand stores, or schools and businesses that are closing for used filing cabinets and create files to store your work in progress.

5)      Use magnets to hold schedules or notes to the front or side of your filing cabinet where they are visible and easily accessible.

6)      Keep note pads, sticky tabs, and to do lists in a designer box or tin you received with a birthday or Christmas gift.

7)      Stack storage baskets on a top shelf to hold research and writing on a particular topic.

8)      Use a decorative box or basket that appeals to your creative side as an EVERYTHING box, store items out of sight and put them away in their proper place at a later time (preferably when you are not writing).

Spring cleaning doesn’t only apply to the house. It may be time to organize your writing space for ease of access and peace of mind.

Related Articles:

HOW TO: Make an Inspiration Board  (theartofjordan.blogspot.ca)

How to Make an Inspiration Board (supergirlscheme.blogspot.ca)

Examples of how to store with baskets (bing.com)

Decorative Storage Boxes (interiordesign.lovetoknow.com)

Simple Storage for Less (bhg.com)

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About Denise Reashore

Denise M. Reashore spends most of her free time reading, writing, and gardening - - or staring out the window at the brightness of a new day and dreaming of digging in the earth. Throughout the winter, precious free time goes into mapping and planning her future garden and, hopefully, writing and reading retreat. The rest of the time, from September to June, she spends working as an elementary school teacher. She lives on almost 3 acres, in an old Victorian style home, with her husband, two lovely daughters, and a cat.

7 responses to “S is for SPRING CLEANING: Attacking the Desk Mess!

  1. spunkonastick

    My office is so full I have to keep it organized. (And I’ve come up with some creative ways to do it!)


  2. Oh, using decorative tins is great idea. I am always looking for ideas to clean up the desk or make it look organized but I don’t want to always buy stuff, I forget about those tins 🙂
    Lucy from Lucy’s Reality


  3. jsschley

    Spring cleaning! My favorite! 🙂 I spring clean too much, methinks. But I just love an organized desk space where I can grab everything easily. I’m convinced ideas come more easily when I have a clean desk.


  4. Barbara White Daille

    Every one of those suggestions is great – and I’m not saying how many of them I need to implement. 😉 Thanks for sharing and for adding the links. Good info!

    T is for Triple Play: Two Teasers and Time’s Running Out
    The Daille-y News


  5. Oh, I need to organize! Your list sounds wonderful. Wanna come over and help me? :0)


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