REVISION: TIDY DESK, TIDY MIND

You know the old saying 'tidy desk, tidy mind', well it really does make a difference to the way you work. Clearing your desk won't automatically make you smarter, but you will work more productively. When everything has a place, it won't take you ten minutes to find a highlighter, and you'll never lose those important forms again. 
I'm not a minimal person; there's no way I'd be able to work on an empty desk like this one, but I do like having all my clutter organised or styled in a certain way. Changing the way your workspace looks doesn't have to cost a penny, or take up the whole day, and it's also a great form of productive procrastination, so let's get going:

001. Clear everything off your desk, clean the surfaces and bin anything you don't need. Go through your things and place everything that you really use everyday back, for example, laptop, textbooks and stationery.

002. Find a place for everything, and organise it in a way that will be easy to maintain. Keep your most used items near your chair on your dominant side. Create a space for incoming mail or current projects. Look around your house, what can you re-purpose to organise your stuff? You could use a pretty mug for pens, or a storage basket for staplers and hole punches. 

003. Add a lamp if the room isn't well lit, and pop a waste paper basket underneath your desk so that you can keep things tidy. A plant, such as my lucky bamboo, gives the space some life and greenery. Cacti and succulents are much easier to maintain than fresh flowers. If you don't love your office chair, try covering it with a throw and adding a cushion for a pop of colour.

004. Now it's time to add some personal touches. I love having an uplifting candle to burn whilst I work, diffusers look great too. Print out some inspirational quotes, feel-good pictures or your revision timetable and stick them on the wall using washi tape. It won't damage the walls at all, so it's perfect if you rent. Maybe you have some awards or certificates, display those or your favourite books and magazines. You can add whatever you like as long it makes you happy and you still leave enough space to work. 
005. Before you go to bed, make a start on the next day's to-do list, tidy all your papers away and set out what you need for tomorrow. Getting into this habit will mean that your desk will always be tidy, and you'll come to it the next day feeling ready to work. This is also a great habit to get into before starting a graduate job, as lots of offices operate strict clean desk policies.

If I wasn't renting on a student budget, I'd have this desk in white, and add in a tall copper lamp such as this one. If you're looking for some more workspace inspiration, check out this Pinterest board. What do you think of my workspace?

16 comments:

  1. Omg you should soo check out my post about my desk space! We have the same desk ! Ikea :) Love your organisttaion is different but beautiful!
    check out mine: Desk organisation!

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    1. Just had a look at your post, I'm so jealous that you have the white version! Your organisation is lovely x

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  2. What a nice space for revising! I wish you could have seen my old uni bedroom - it had mushrooms growing out of the wall - proper hanging haaaaa!!

    #MCRBloggers

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    1. Haha oh dear that's not good, this house is pretty new so it doesn't feel like student accommodation at all! x

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  3. This looks lovely - well done. You're right about good lighting. That quote about manchester is so true... Love bec xx

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    1. Thank you.. It's one of my favourite Manchester quotes, I've got it on coasters and stuff too! xx

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  4. its crazy when you look at someones stuff and you realise you pretty much have the exam same stuff hahaa, those lights from primark ? I have them wrapped around my bed!

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    1. Awh they're really cute aren't they? x

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  5. You;re so right, everything is so much better when you have a clear desk to work on! I also find this with my room in general. If I have a tidy room and everything is in its place, I feel much less stressed and I can get loads done. I also love little personal touches, they make everything better :) It was so nice to see you yesterday!

    Sarah xxx || www.whatsasssays.com

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    1. It was lovely to see you too, I really enjoyed the event! It's so much easier to start work/ write a blog post every morning when you don't have to spend time tidying up first xx

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  6. Love the background on your laptop - looks like a Dom&Ink quote! You should see my des right now… Piles of "organised mess" ergh! I need to take your advice!! xx

    www.rockonholly.com

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    1. Haha definitely time for a tidy up Holly! I love Dom & Ink, they have some beautiful quotes although I don't know where this one is from, I just found it on pinterest xx

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  7. I totally have a cluttered mind and a cluttered life at the minute!! Actually it is never tidy! Thats why when revision time comes for me I am always in the library. When I go back to uni in September I really need to take a leaf out of your book - I want to work all over that desk!

    Laura (Smile At Style) xx

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    1. Awh I find it so hard to revise in the library as it's so busy during exam season! My house is really quiet so it's perfect for revision.. Hope you can get into the habit of working at your desk for next year! xx

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  8. The saying 'tidy space, tidy mind' is just so true! I'm not one for minimalism either but all my stuff has to have it's own place. Good luck with your revision :)!

    Jess
    Philocalist.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Jess, I love minimalism in other peoples homes, but it's not for me either.. Organised clutter all the way x

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