yet another desk organizing idea

As my family well knows, I am into reinventing my organizing system every couple of weeks or so. Some new idea strikes me in the middle of the night and then I wake up early excited to try my new idea.

My desk has been driving me nuts due to large piles of papers accumulating. Here’s how it looked a couple of weeks ago, as you may recognize if you read that particular blog:


This is what it looks like now:


Believe it or not, it has pretty much stayed this neat for the past week! Even in the midst of a major project.

If you have read my book I’m Not Neat But I’m Organized, you might be familiar with the different styles of organization. I am a Bower Bird, through and through, a highly forgetful person who needs things out in sight to remember to do them. This is why piles on my desk have been such a regular thing, because if I put things away, I forget to them!

But here’s the new system. Poking around my office supply stash, I found some really nice slash pockets where I can put in my mini piles of things to do:


I have one folder for all the bills, and another folder for a paper I’m working on, etc. The nice thing about the slash pockets is:

  • The papers don’t fall out the side or bottom, such as when a file folder is used
  • When I put the folders in a magazine file, I don’t have to take it out to stuff another receipt or paper in
  • I can lift out the entire folder when I am working on that particular project
  • I can put the folder back in the magazine file if I don’t finish, keeping my desk clear.

The folders all fit in the magazine file nicely. I write a little note on my weekly planner book as to when I will work on the project so I don’t forget (or post it on my master catch-all list on

Unfortunately it appears that these pockets are not sold any more, but I also have a stash of paper slash pockets that will work just as well. There is another version of plastic pockets available at Office Depot.

A Yee

Angela Yee is a professional designer (graphic design, stage design, interior design — and teaches leadership skills at

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  1. Pete Sung - December 3, 2008

    Nice job on the desk. I can feel anxiety leaving me just looking at the picture! Thanks for the tips too! I think I’ll check out that website. What are some features you like?

  2. Angela Yee - December 8, 2008

    I like how you can make lists in different categories and see them all at once, archive completed items, and share the list with different people. It’s how our family reminds each other of what needs to be done!

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