Spring Cleaning – Getting Organized

As many of you will recall, one of my proudest moments as an adult was when I was able to furnish my entire apartment for $600. I won’t re-write what I have already written, but I was able to accomplish a near-impossible feat. Moving after graduation can be difficult. We all know the challenges that graduates face and being able to find inexpensive furniture saved my wife and me some financial stress.

Even though we were able to find decently priced items, it wasn’t without a sacrifice. Over the past two years, we have lived with an average desk. By average, I mean annoying. It was annoying for two primary reasons. First, it had an adjustable keyboard area, with brackets underneath to support the necessary adjustments. While normally this is a great feature, it was annoying for me because I would always hit my knees on them. Secondly, I never had enough desk space. Again, because of the keyboard area, there was not enough space to have a laptop and paper that I could write on.

How Easy Unused Space Becomes Cluttered

As a result of the annoyance, we hardly ever used our desk. It was just taking up space in our office and serving as an extra surface to place unpaid bills for the time being. With me spending more time blogging, I felt it necessary to have a great place to work from. We are also paying rent to have this extra space, so we might as well take full advantage of it.

In case you are curious how cluttered and dirty our desk can become, here is a picture of what it looked like before I started this project. One thing to note is that there were winter boots still in this space months after seeing any snow. They are now properly stored until next winter.


How Much Being Organized Matters

While I have started to realize that having the cleanest apartment is not the most important thing in the world, it does matter to a certain degree. We spent an entire Saturday going to the store (the desk we wanted wasn’t any cheaper on craigslist), getting our new desk, putting it together and taking down the old desk. It was a full day and left more sore in many places. Yet, I am happy to report that it is much more organized in our office and we now have a lot more desk space – which means more productive blogging. Here’s a look at the new desk (almost complete).


While it may seem like a small difference, having a space that fits your needs and is organized can go a long ways to improve your overall mental health. While it did cost a little bit of money to upgrade our desk, we won’t need to replace our new desk for a long time. Because we are debt free and our monthly expenses are “low” (for this area), we can afford to treat ourselves here and there.

Have you upgraded an item lately? What was the motivation?

9 Responses to Spring Cleaning – Getting Organized

  1. Modest Money says:

    I think upgrading that desk was a wise investment. When you use something so regularly, you want to make sure it meets your needs. If it is actually causing stress by being too small and awkward, it just isn’t worth keeping. Staying organized is so crucial for productivity. You don’t want to be wasting time digging through piles of stuff to find what you need or to make room on your desk. A nice organized desk keeps you productive and ultimately happier.

  2. De-cluttering for spring is on my to do list right now too – I’m so tired of the junk that keeps collecting! The desk cleanup definitely looks better.

  3. Jai Catalano says:

    I need organization or I can’t function so I know the importance.

  4. Nicely done Corey! You inspired me to clean. 🙂

  5. Your before picture looks like my work desk at home. I work from home two days a week and taking paperwork back and forth tends to get messy. Plus, it’s a catch all for home stuff too. Your after picture has made me plan some time to get organized, thanks!

  6. I’ve been going to blog at a local coffee house that has some great open mike music and the best black iced tea. Your picture reminds me that I need to make room on my desk at home!

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  8. Faye says:

    Just wondered where you purchased the cool desk and chair?

    • Corey says:

      I got the desk at Ikea and we’ve had the chair for years. It was a hand-me-down.