Tackle it Together: Desk Drawer

Tackle it together is a new series, where both you and I tackle a simple organizational project in our classroom together. Then, at the end of the week we see how we did!  As much as I love organization and have a lot of great things in place to stay organized, I do falter at times. Teachers should always grow, change and adapt to their situations. Even the most organized person needs the motivation to get organized in certain areas. Mine is my desk drawer.

Here she is, in all her glory… I spy with my little eye…pencils, pens, whistles and glue, a gift card a key and sticky notes, too! This is a hot mess!

For some reason, my top desk drawer tends to become a dumping ground for just about anything. I never have taken my poor desk drawer seriously since I started teaching. I don’t actually use things in this drawer on a daily basis. I use it for storage, but what I SHOULD be doing is using it for things I need to grab easily every day.

I don’t necessarily believe you need to go out and buy organizational products, but some are worth it. I will try to use a combination of what I have and what I might need to tackle my desk drawer.

And now for the eye candy and inspraition that will motivate me to do this project.

I wish my desk drawer looked like:









And.. Just to make you chuckle, here is Martha Stewart’s junk drawer – Love you Martha, but no one’s junk drawer looks this amazing! The nicest junk I’ve ever seen. A girl can wish!

So, my goal for this week, (I should say OUR goal since we are tackling it together) is to organize a drawer in our desk.  Send me an email (jessicabalsley@gmail.com) with your before and after pictures and you may be featured on AOE at the end of the week. Of course, I’ll share my updated before and after’s as well!

Lets Tackle it Together! Happy Organizing

Jessica Balsley

Jessica Balsley is the Founder and President at AOE. She is passionate about helping art teachers enhance their lives and careers through relevant professional development.


  • Ok. I’m game. My drawer currently looks like yours, but your dreams are too neat and tidy for me. I will settle for somewhere in the middle:)

    • Great! I’ll be anxious to see what you come up with. Mine won’t look quite like my inspirations, either, but it’s a nice lofty goal to strive for! Good Luck!

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