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Organize Your Work Space with Items from Target and Ikea

Organize Your Work Space::

Organize Your Workspace with Items from Your Favorite Stores - Target and Ikea from cupcakesandcrinoline.com

Organizing your desk can be hard.  If you're like me you have accumulated small dainty stacks (huge annoying piles) of very important paperwork on your desk and you know right where everything is (not really but I pretend).  I just recently downsized my desk so that I could actually move in the area where my desk is.  It's a small space and I had a huge file cabinet/work area and towers on the desk.  Everything is gone now but the desk itself (which has NO drawers) so it was time to organize.  

I first headed to the Dollar Spot at Target.  Honestly....is that place not amazing?  I always find the cutest things there that are functional and cheap.  

Organize Your Workspace with Items from Your Favorite Stores - Target and Ikea from cupcakesandcrinoline.com

I bought three $1.00 clipboards to use to hold an inspirational picture (I like looking at it)

Dollar Spot Clipboards from Target ~ use to organize your work space from cupcakesandcrinoline.com

and the other two will be used for holding bills.  Bills that need to be paid and bills or paperwork that I have any questions about.

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Next were these adorable turquoise-y blue plastic folders with white polka dots ~ I go gaga over polka dots.  

Dollar Spot Plastic File Folders from Target ~ use to organize your work space from cupcakesandcrinoline.com

The big one will be used to hold and sort bills per month (it has 12 compartments) and the small one will hold my shopping receipts.  I placed two of the clipboards and the folders in a wooden dish rack from Ikea.  These little holders are great for sorting so many things ~ not only plates but folders, papers, tablets for the kids for school, small cookie sheets, etc.  

Small glass jar desk organizers from cupcakesandcrinoline.com

I have small mason-type jars from the Target Dollar Spot that I keep paperclips and pencil erasers in.

Desk Organization from cupcakesandcrinoline.com

I use a small vintage silver plated vase (I think it's a vase????) to hold my glasses so I can find them when I need them.

Organize Your Workspace with Items from Your Favorite Stores - Target and Ikea from cupcakesandcrinoline.com

I used a blue mason jar with a black lid ~ the lid is from the Dollar Spot at Target ~ to hold twine pulling it up through the lid and also storing scissors in the top for easy access (I used the flower holder/frog lid for this). 

Organize Your Workspace with Items from Your Favorite Stores - Target and Ikea from cupcakesandcrinoline.com

The locker storage bin is used to hold books and note.  I have 3 more of these and I can't wait to figure out what to put in them.

Organize Your Workspace with Items from Your Favorite Stores - Target and Ikea from cupcakesandcrinoline.com

I like the mini clipboard with the notebook and matching pen ~not necessary for organizing but it sure looks pretty while I'm writing out my grocery list!

Numbered tin for pen organization from cupcakesandcrinoline.com

The tin with the 5 on it.....I think that's from Target but I've had it for so long I'm not sure!  I use that to hold colored pens and markers.  

Test Tubes for holding office supplies ~ cupcakesandcrinoline.com

I think this idea is brilliant and wish I had thought of it ~ I found these paperclips and pushpins at the Target Dollar Spot stored in test tubes ~ so smart!  I keep them in a white container from Ikea (see the pic above or below).

How to organize your workspace using items from Ikea and Target ~ cupcakesandcrinoline.comSo there you have it ~ my ideas and how I keep my desk organized using items from two of my favorite stores ~ Target and Ikea!

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26 Comments

  1. Thanks so much Mary Beth for sharing that organizing doesn't have to cost a lot of money. Prefect ideas with pretty bold colors. I love it!
    Pinned ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Meegan! I change my mind about what I like often so this is a great way to not feel guilty when I decide to pick up some new supplies.

  2. Paula@SweetPea says:

    My desk needs some organization. Thanks for sharing tips that would work no matter how large the space or how small the budget. I really want some Ikea plate organizers after seeing yours.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Paula. I love those plate organizers....I think they're around $3 or $4 and they can be used all over the house.

  3. Diane | An Extraordinary Day says:

    I love the colors and patterns you chose Mary Beth! They so fun and refreshing. They would really help me to stay organized. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much for the sweetness, Diane! I love those colors and patterns as well....I would love to have a whole room done with those.

  4. Jen @ Girl in the Garage says:

    I am so obsessed with the Target dollar spot, and I'm a little jealous of a few of the items you have that I obviously missed out on! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Also I'm still waiting to visit IKEA for the first time (I need to just plan a day and do it, since it's an hour and a half away). I love your pretty and organized work space Mary Beth.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Jen! You will love Ikea when you go. Plan to make a day of it. I usually spend at least 2 to 3 hours there ~ mine is only 20 minutes from my house....I'm not sure whether that's good or bad ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Tami @ Curb Alert says:

    I love all of your desktop ideas. I don't even want to think about what my desk looks like right now! Uggghhh!!!
    ~Tami

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Tami! My desk looked good for the pictures...now, it's a mess again! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Wendi @ H2OBungalow says:

    I love Target and Ikea for pretty goodies to hold things.Now you have me looking around at all the things I could put in those cute little lidded jars!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Wendi. You're DIY drawer dividers are awesome!

  7. Christy@Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer says:

    I love it all, Mary Beth!! You make me want to make a beeline for Target first thing in the morning ha ha. I love all the super cute things they have and something from that spot always makes its way into my cart. I'm sure its so much easier to keep things organized now too since you have a dedicated spot for everything! XO

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Christy! I'm the same way with Target....I go in the door, grab a cart and load it up with items from those bargain bins. They are my Achilles heel...I need it all. Have a wonderful week!

  8. I feel like I need to run immediately to the Target dollar spot. What great finds you got! I love them all, but my favorite are the test tubes. So cute!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Megan ~ I love those test tubes as well....I always leave Target and think, "I should have bought MORE!" ~ that place is dangerous. Have a great week!

  9. Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge says:

    Your organizing items are so pretty! I've been working on organizing my office and craft supplies and could definitely use some of these. Thanks for the tips.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Angie!

  10. These are all great fines and I love hitting the dollar spot at target too. I love your office space.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Vanessa!

  11. Wow what great ideas, those test tubes are awesome, I could use those for so many things, you gave me so much inspiration to get my office organized!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Dria! I love to organize....it's staying organized that always is my challenge. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Mary Beth!

    What awesome organization ideas!! Love Target and Ikea!

    jenny

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Jenny!

  13. Christy @ Our Southern Home says:

    Wonderful ideas!! I just love Target and Ikea!!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Christy! I'd love to move into both Target and Ikea....a week here....a week there! ๐Ÿ˜‰