Update on my new desk: I still love it! Unfortunately, the cats think it's a great spot to sit and look out the window, so I'm constantly cleaning it off.
When I bought my new desk, I decided to splurge and buy new desk accessories to go with it. Fortunately, since I was shopping at Ikea, I didn't have to spend a ton of money to get the sophisticated look I wanted. The receipt got trashed, so I can't tell you how much they cost, but they were between $3-$9 each, I think. I chose three items from the STRIKT line in a deep burgundy. They're cloth covered and perfectly complement the color of the walls and curtains in our school room. They contrast nicely with the white desk as well.
Set one is 2 magazine holders that nest inside each other. I used them for curricula catalogs and some spiral-bound books that don't stand up on their own. Set two has 4 boxes that nest inside each other: 2 small boxes for paper clips, tacks, glue stick, lip balm, etc., 1 long box for pencils and pens, 1 slightly larger square box for my stapler, tape, etc. The third item from STRIKT was a large, shallow box that I use for my colored pencils (yes, I have my own set!), my business cards, cute notepaper, etc.
I also got a set of 2, white, CD-size boxes by KASSETT from Ikea. In one I have CDs for my computer, and in the other I have my labeler (I could write a whole post about my labeler;
I love it that much!) and cords for my various electronic things.
I must say that I was disappointed in the STRIKT products because I was hoping they'd fit on the shelf underneath the glass on my desk, but only the pencil case is shallow enough. Oh well. I figured out how to make them all fit onto one side of my shelves, so it all worked out.
On top of my desk, I have a wicker basket (that's actually an old one that I had in my previous desk) for small notepads, stickers, and bookmarks. I found a nice, red, glass vase at Ikea for less than $2 that is perfect for scissors and rulers. At Hobby Lobby, I found an adorable black and white tin bucket to put my pens and pencils in. Actually, my daughter found it
while we were shopping for party favors for her 15th birthday party, but that's just semantics!
So, now I have a large, classy, comfortable work area. I love it! What do you think?
Q4U: Tell me about your favorite desk organizers.