Clutter can be a real problem when you have a small home. Finding somewhere to put everything, when you don’t have enough drawers and closets, is a serious challenge. One thing most homes have is a collection of mail, bills, envelopes, rubber bands, paper clips, staples, scissors, pens, pencils, and other desk supplies. With the age of computers, many people now own a desk, but what about those who have no room for such a luxury? No worries! Make an over-the-door organizer, to serve as a desk, and the clutter will instantly disappear, plus you’ll have everything you need in one handy place.
There are many different ways to make the door desk, depending upon the door you have, and depending upon your personal needs. One way to start the project is to cut a piece of plastic or fabric, long enough to go from the front of the door, to the back of the door. The front and back sides should be equal to prevent the organizer from sliding. If you really never close the particular door, you can also cut a piece of fabric that will hang on a hanger, then place the hook of the hanger on the door.
After you’ve decided upon the method of hanging the door desk, there’s any number of ways you can arrange it, depending on what you need from your door organizer. For example, you can make pockets that hold all sorts of supplies, and you can make these pockets for the front side only, or the front and back, if you have lots of supplies. If you will be using only the front side, it may be necessary to weight the back side, to prevent the organizer from sliding. A pocket with something heavy in it will do the trick, or you can simply glue metal washers to the hem.
Squares and rectangles, cut from fabric or plastic, are the perfect way to organize all your desk necessities. Cut and glue or sew the pockets onto the main fabric or plastic piece. Fabric glue works pretty good to hold the pockets in place, but if you’ll be filling a particular pocket with something heavy – like your laptop – you’ll need to stitch the pocket in place.
Some pockets should be about the size of a shirt pocket, to hold pens and pencils, but other pockets made need to stretch the entire width of the door desk, to hold long things like a ruler, rolls of adhesive paper, and other lengthy items.
Be sure and create a pocket for incoming mail, outgoing mail, bills, receipts, photos, address book, calculator, printer paper, notebook paper and other necessities. Create many small pockets to hold inkjet replacements, rubber bands, paper clips, scotch tape, and additional small items.
You can use clear plastic pieces to make the pockets, since the clear plastic allows you to see through it and view what’s inside, or you can make fabric pockets and adhesive labels to make it easier to locate what you need. Scrapbook stickers can be used on the plastic pieces, to identify each compartment. Markers can be used to label fabric pockets.
The door desk doesn’t necessarily have to be strictly for desk items. Make one for your craft supplies, one to organize kitchen utensils and spices, or one for the kids’ room to keep some things slightly out of reach until a parent can assist.
There’s lots of uses for the door desk including storage of movies or cd’s, organizing magazines, books and brochures, or even for keeping up with coupons, rebate forms and such. Since you can make it as large or as small as you want, you’ll have just the right size for your belongings. Best of all, you’ll save space, clear out the clutter, and be able to easily find everything you need!