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The Ultimate Zen Desk

This is not me, and this is not my desk. But I was inspired by this post at zenhabits to re-think my work space.

For the ugly truth on the current situation, meet me under the cut.


I promised not to sugar coat it. This is my clutter, which is particularly embarrassing if you consider where I work.

When I see sleek, stripped-down design I always feel fresh and ready for anything. But clearly I’m not making it happen for myself here at work. And yet, I spend the bulk of my waking hours here each week.

My challenge is that it’s hard to identify the right path. You can see all the papers tacked up behind my monitor. They’re a combination of inspiring design photos, handmade art from small friends, some paperwork I refer to frequently. On my desk you see blog fodder, my iPod (critical to my sanity), two water bottles (I wanted lemonade as well as water today, what can I do?), pictures of my husband and son, booties knitted for my second son (due on 9/29), a small lamp to keep the overhead lights at bay… What can I live without? Not much. But there’s got to be a better way.

As for the wires — good grief! I don’t usually see that view, but those suckers are getting tacked up before the day is out.

Your tips for keeping home and work spaces zen and clutter free would be much appreciated.


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  2. Julie says:

    It seems to me as far as the papers you refer to often…just keep them all in a small folder/binder. This way they are always all in the same place, you can easily flip through the binder, and you don't have to strain your neck to read the ones that get covered up on your wall. With the photos and art from your "small friends", perhaps you can hang them in a more decorative manner; treat them like they are in frames hanging over your mantel at home – with the same symmetry and care. Now for the other clutter, perhaps you can invest in some sort of under the desk caddy that can hold your water bottles, iPod etc.

    Hope this helps! I feel the same as you…a cleared work area gives me the focus I need to truly be creative! :D

  3. Carole says:

    Embrace spirituality, simplicity and serenity! These are the three divine qualities of the orderly soul. I'm not sure where that came from but it makes sense to me. Simplify, Simplify, Simplify. Out of clutter, find simplicity. Albert Einstein. Now I wish he could tell me as well what to do with those pesky computer cords that get tangled under your desk. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd appreciate the input.

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