Let’s Celebrate “Clean Off Your Desk Day”

If there’s a national holiday that’s right up my alley, this is certainly one of them: National Clean Off Your Desk Day. And today is the official day!

I sure love a good, clean desk that’s free of towering paper piles, old cups of coffee, and random things like shoe polish. (That last one is sure to happen if you have a home office like I do.)

I’m totally inspired by this swoon-worthy home office, btw. >>

Having a clean, organized work space not only makes you feel less stressed, but also makes you look more professional.

It’s important to respect the space in which you work. The way you treat it is an outward sign of how you feel about your job and the activities you do in that space. So take a moment to review it now…what is it saying about you?

(My space is saying I’m a little overwhelmed. Eek.)

In honor of this special day, I’m going to clean off some of the clutter. In fact, here are three things I plan to do right now:

{ONE} Remove what doesn’t belong. So long shoe polish, you’re headed to the closet. Also, all of those mugs I’ve been collecting are headed to the kitchen. I’m even moving my books to a shelf. This seems like a no-brainer, but I just realized how many books are on my desk – and how much room they take up.

{TWO} Clean all surfaces. I think this holiday lands smack dab in the middle of flu season for a reason. Desks rarely get cleaned – like with Lysol wipes. It’s good to sanitize your space every now and then. So I’m going to wipe down my desk, phones, lamp switch…anything I touch on a daily basis. Some sources say it’s okay to wipe down computer keyboards with regular ol’ wipes, but I like to use these for electronics.

{THREE} Add some life. Part of the “cleaning off” process should include oooone little add on. Y’all know how much I love fresh flowers. Well, I’m going to add a colorful vase of tulips to my desk to brighten things up a bit. I especially need this in the winter.

And there’s research that suggests adding plants (in addition to your flowers) makes you happier and more productive. Cheers to that!

I hope you’ll join me in celebrating this special holiday. What’s the most random thing you’ll be cleaning off your desk? Or what will you add?




Friday Wrap: Desk Favorites

My big project of the week was a desk makeover. It feels so good to be organized in this little space! Here are my five favorite things about the desk that I wanted to share:

{ONE} Bulletin board

bulletin board

If you would have seen what was previously hanging on this door, you would have been all, “Girl, you gotta be kidding me.” It was this HUGE dry erase board that was hard to write on, and it extended beyond to door, so you had to remove it in order to even close the door. Anyway, it was time to have it removed. So I did. And I replaced it with this beautiful little thing that fits my personal notes and pics. PS. I attached it to the door with a wreath holder and used ribbon to secure it in place.

{TWO} Hello, pillow!


My chair was already pretty comfy, but it needed a better back support. This pillow is super soft, and I love walking into an office where your chair greets you every time. “Well, hello to you, too!”

{THREE} Striped cup project

gold pencil cup

This was a fun project I tried. The cup is a plastic tumbler I found at Walmart for $1.47. I used masking tape to create the stripes and then painted with metallic gold acrylics. The total project was about $3 with the paint.

{FOUR} Owl lamp

owl lamp

This little cutie-hootie was calling my name at Walmart. He makes me feel smart when I’m sitting at my new desk 🙂 Oh, and I love having fresh flowers on my desk. I tucked some rosemary into this one so it has a nice fragrance. The cup has gold polka-dots to go with the black and gold color theme I have goin’ on, if you couldn’t tell.

{FIVE} Gold paper clips

gold paper clips

The clips themselves are from Hob Lob, and I tied ribbon around the ends to jazz them up a bit. They’re great for bookmarks – and of course holding papers together.

Whatever you do, try to have an awesome weekend. My sweet B and I are headed to Portland to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary. (I can’t believe it has been that long?!) I promise to share pics when I get back next week.

Hugs to you!


PS. Remember to check out all of the brilliant bloggers on Five on Friday and Oh, Hey Friday!



Time to Deck Out the Desk

All of this talk about planners has me thinking about a desk overhaul. Nothing makes me feel more organized than having my workspace look clean and beautiful.

The rest of my life can feel like a mess with laundry overflowing, grocery lists growing, and carpools honking, but having a small, sacred place that’s organized keeps this momma quite sane.

If you don’t have a place like this in your life, I highly recommend it. I don’t have a huge house, so I turned the closet in our guest room into my Kate-space. I hired a carpenter, because my Sweet B is not the handiest of men with a saw and other tools. My carpenter-friend created a built-in desk that spans the width of the closet. It allows plenty of room to display and store my things.

Right now I have my computer, monitor, small lamp, day planner, inspirational books and a few vacation pics of the family. I have to admit, though, the area is starting to feel a bit stale. Stacks of paper are piling up as I have been working from home more frequently. I’ve also added new projects to my plate, which means more paper debris in the mini storm on my desk.

It’s officially time for a mini desk makeover.

Here are some items on my wish list at the moment.

{Clear Holders}

I love how an acrylic folder holder and pencil cup can make your space feel bigger. And it allows you to show of your cute accessories.

lucite tray

This lucite tray is from See Jane Work. You could put files or even a stack of copy paper in this cutie.

acrylic kate spade pencil cup

This pencil cup from Kate Spade has a pretty gold bottom.

clear tape dispenser

If you want to feel extra fancy, this clear tape dispenser from Kate Spade would do the trick. Don’t you think? It’s a bit pricey for a tape dispenser, but hey, this is my wish list.

{File Folders}

Now that we have the clear holders taken care of, it’s time to make a splash with some color and fun statement pieces. That’s right, even our desks deserve some bling.

I do most of my work on the computer, but I have the occasional need to print and file things. A few of our bills still come through the mail, as one example. So here’s what I’m thinking for file folders.

file folders

I’m digging all things metallic these days. Check out these polka-dot file folders from Urban Girl Office Supply.

{Paper Clips}

In the same vein as file folders, I have the need to group and organize paper goods. It would be fine and dandy to use the normal silver clips that are shaped like stretched out cinnamon rolls. But a girl needs a few cute clippies in her life, and these are on my must have (and maybe must-make) list.

gold paper clips

These are gold clips from Planner Couture with pretty ribbon looped through for extra pizzazz!


Call me traditional, but I’m a big fan of pencils. I like the kind you have to sharpen, too. No mechanical business that needs refilling. That’s too high maintenance for an office supply. Give me a solid pencil with a soft eraser that doesn’t smudge, and I’m a happy camper. Sometimes you’ll even find me with one behind my ear. I’ve been doing it since I started my career. It’s a Kate thing, I guess.

gold foil pencils

The tribal print on these pencils from See Jane Work are gorgeous. I would wear these in my hair in a heartbeat!


I use notebooks and sketchbooks for many reasons. They’re a great place to jump offline and allow your mind to explore ideas. I like to do this with my writing and brainstorm ideas for posts, books, magazine articles or even craft projects. It can also be the perfect spot for “to-dos” and personal goals. All good stuff.

Here’s a notebook from my new favorite site. Erin Condren is the heart and mind behind the company, and she has so many wonderful organizational products and office supplies. You’ll want to bookmark this place.

personalized notebook

What a joyful message to look at each day. You can also personalize this notebook at the bottom. You don’t have to get Melissa Johnson, unless that happens to be your name. Haha!


Every office needs a vase of fresh flowers. I mean, there has to be a scientific study that shows how having flowers on your desk increases your efficiency, creativity and happiness toward life as we know it. I would believe every ounce of the data, as I certainly know how they make me feel.

All of that to say, here’s a beautiful vase to hold those miraculous little work boosters.

gold vase

This is actually an easy DIY project from Two Twenty One. It’s a clear vase, which we all have tons of in a storage closet somewhere, and it’s masked off with tape and then spray painted gold. I’m totally doing this!!

I hope you have enjoyed seeing what’s on my current office wish list. As soon as I pull all of my new supplies together and get organized, I’ll share before and after pics of my mini makeover.

Until then, have a creative day!