Today, we’re sharing how to organize a kitchen desk!
So many people I know are on decluttering missions this year, are you?
I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo a few years ago and it was a total game-changer. I’ve used the techniques in that book to organize everything from the linen closets to the pantry to the cleaning cabinet.
In the past, we’ve mostly used the kitchen desk as a meal planning station.
But the busier we got, the more I would find myself stuffing receipts, mail, or odds and ends into the drawers instead of putting it all away.
I’m by nature a stacker, and for years, the paper clutter would be peeking out here, there and everywhere.
Here’s a little looksie at our old reality…
The worse part about it is that instead of carefully putting things away, I would stack things in the cabinet just to get it out of sight.
Way back in January 2014, I organized this space and it stayed like this for a while.
But a few years later, I found myself reverting back to my old stacking and stuffing ways.
Ready for a change, I really started thinking about how to give this space a purpose and how to organize a kitchen desk with efficiency.
This desk is used for meal planning, writing letters to loved ones, storing small appliance manuals, important house papers, receipts, and office supplies too.
Truthfully, everything was a big mess. But it was also an easy beast to tame with just a little bit of effort!
Here’s a look at how to organize a kitchen desk and maintain it all year long…
Step One: Declutter
My first step was to declutter both the desk and the upper cabinets. It took a good portion of the afternoon to go through all the papers and receipts.
By the end of the day though, I had shredded enough paper to fill a 13-gallon trash bag!
It was nuts because I was literally holding on to grocery store receipts from 2011!
Step Two: Categorize & Organize by Pairing Like Items Together
After I went through all the paper clutter, I moved onto the writing instruments.
When is the last time you looked to see if your pens and pencils were still in working order?
It had been a while for me too!
Step Three: Contain & Label
Once I organized and categorized all the items, I began the search for the most efficient containers.
This includes boxes, baskets, bins, small drawers, mason jars, trays, or utensil holders.
I’ve found in the past that if I organize everything into piles by category first, it cuts down on making multiple trips to the store for baskets and bins.
That way, you don’t overbuy either because you know exactly how much you have of each item.
The banker style boxes are sturdy enough to hold important papers and cookbooks.
I picked these vegetable baskets up at a local thrift store for less than $1 each and painted them in Valspar’s Silver Leaf.
I have assorted cards and stationery supplies in one basket and loose receipts in another.
Each month I go through the receipts and file them in envelopes in the box below so things aren’t bananas come tax season 😊
I totally believe organizing can be both pretty and practical.
Case in point, our pen situation.
We’re always looking for pens, pencils, and markers. So, I placed them in individual thrifted ironstone containers and on a silver tray to make them easily accessible.
This entire container storage solution was less than $5.
To organize the smaller office supplies, I placed them in glass mason jars and labeled the lids using matte shelf liner paper and PicMonkey.
While glass might not be a good solution if you have littles using this kitchen desk for schoolwork, dollar stores almost always have a budget-friendly plastic or acrylic solution.
The drawers in the desk also house our stamps, envelopes, larger office supplies, and bank supplies.
Using a basic wooden kitchen utensil caddy or an expandable drawer organizer will help you keep the desk drawer tidy.
Step Four: Maintain
Once you have a solid organization plan in place, it should be fairly easy to maintain.
Here’s another look at how to organize a kitchen desk and cabinets before…
Learning how to organize a kitchen desk doesn’t have to be complicated or even expensive.
It just needs to be efficient and meet your needs!
I know a lot of us are looking to make the spaces in our home as user friendly as possible.
Especially now, that we all have multiple family members working and learning from home.
So, before you start searching for organizing essentials, think about how you really plan to use the space and what changes you need to make in order for it to be purpose-filled.
A Few Other Home Organization Posts You Might Enjoy:
- How to Organize Paperwork from My Life From Home
- Decluttering Books and Paper from The Turquoise Home
- How to Organize Your Kitchen Into Work Friendly Zones
- Meal Planning For the Busy Girl
- Easy to Make Dry Erase Board
- Modern Day Cleaning Day Made Easy