Tiny projects challenge: Day 4

7 May 2020

I focused my attention on my printer stand/snack bar today. In about 20 minutes, I decluttered and tidied this little space and it felt great!

Let me explain the snack bar: I buy snacks like packets of nuts and snack bars that I take with me to client appointments so I can nosh when I’m hungry without interrupting my work. I typically buy the snacks at Costco and I store them on top of my printer stand, next to my printer.

In the printer stand I store paper (both printer paper and premium paper that I use for hand lettering), along with mailing envelopes, file folders and cardboard to make envelopes stiff. It’d been awhile since I spent any time with the contents of the printer stand and things had devolved a bit.

Here’s a picture of the printer stand before I got started. Not pictured was a partially full Costco box of snack bars on the windowsill.

And here’s how it looked twenty minutes later.

It took me ten minutes to tackle the snack bar. I went through the snacks and discarded the expired ones. (Quite a few had expired!) With the space I gained, I was able to integrate the bars from the windowsill into the containers on the printer stand and get that unsightly box off the windowsill.

Inside the printer stand, I put like things together, took my regular printer paper out of its packaging for easier access and recategorized what went into the magazine holders. And I took a moment to create a new label so the magazine holder labels reflect reality.

I took note that I need to buy some more printer paper and also some more of the tea I buy in bulk and usually store between the two types of paper. I also moved Bix’s armchair so that I could open the printer-stand doors more fully.

I have to say, this was a satisfying tiny project. The little bit of work I did today will make accessing snacks, paper and envelopes easier. It felt great. The photos don’t do it justice!


Add your comment


Your email address will not be displayed or distributed.

You may use Textile formatting including:

  • _italics_ = italics
  • *bold* = bold
  • "text":url = text

About Janine

Hello! I’m Janine Adams — a certified professional organizer based in St. Louis, and the creator of Peace of Mind Organizing®.

I love order, harmony + beauty, but I believe that the way that you feel about yourself and your home is what truly matters.

If you’re ready to de­clutter with a purpose and add more ease to your life, you’ve found the right blog — and you’ve found the right gal.

read more »

Recommended *

  • Getting to Good Enough podcast

  • NAPO Golden Circle