Hello all you “I make resolutions and you don’t” people (cough-Barbara-cough),

Like I said in an earlier post, I don’t really like to make resolutions…sue me don’t sue me.  However with the new year comes a feeling of accomplishment–of what, I’m not sure.

We did successfully tackle Christmas, check.  We traveled to and from Tennessee safely, check.  Stayed up to watch the shimmering ball drop, check. Ate too much, double check.  Most of all we just, well, made it.  Here we are in brand-spanking-new 2014!!  I almost feel like we showed 2013 who’s boss.  Let’s all raise our coffee mugs in the air and toast 2013 good-bye.  2013, you turned me 40–but I survived you.

Now that we have celebrated and taken down (most of) our Christmas decorations, the house seems bare to me.  For those of you that don’t follow me on Instagram, here’s is proof:


One minute she’s dressed to impress the next…well nekkid as a jay bird.  So, the house LOOKS bare, but it’s is filled to the brim with stuff.  How is that even possible?!!???  I decided to organize (notice I didn’t say that I RESOLVED to organize…) starting with the children’s desk area upstairs.  We put this desk in a couple of years ago so that the kids could go up there and work on homework and create masterpieces using every type of medium they could ever dream of…

So basically what has happened is the kids do their homework at the dining room table and go up there to make signs for their club/fort/party/treasures/whatever they need a sign for.  Apparently we have this great desk area so that they can use paper and markers.  HA

Since putting the desk in, I haven’t done any organizing and have really let them handle that job.  Hence the need for me to go organize. 😉  I decided to whip out my handy dandy silhouette machine and create labels for the drawers.  These drawers are from Ikea and are pretty plain.  But that is great if you like to add your own flair to things.

MM sil cha jan #4

Silhouette makes a great chalkboard vinyl that has a sticky back.   I just chose a fun shape and then used the ‘offset’ tool to make the frame around the shape.  This project took all of 10 minutes to do.  (Plus the time it took to clean out the drawers…)

MM sil chal Jan #2

Here’s a shot of Pretty Girl’s new obsession:

MM sil chal Jan #5

I’m hoping that this will help the kids take charge of their own space.  Fingers crossed!

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

Get organized with your Silhouette Machine!

  1. DIY Window Shutter Mail Organizer by Weekend Craft
  2. Kids’ Art Wall by Tried & True
  3. Organizing Silhouette and Craft Supplies by The Happier Homemaker
  4. Simple Recipe Organization by It’s Always Craft Time
  5. Put a Label on it! Herb Names for Plant Stakes by Get Silvered
  6. Super Simple Linen Closet Labels by Two Purple Couches
  7. Beware of the Animals Vinyl Toy Box by A Tossed Salad Life
  8. Child desk accessories by Architecture of a Mom
  9. Organizing & the Important of Labels by The Turquoise Home
  10. Index Card Organizer for Easier Meal Planning by Chicken Scratch NY
  11. Create Craft Room Labels by Dragonfly & Lilypads
  12. Simple Storage Solution for your Christmas Ornaments by Vintage News Junkie
  13. Organize this: DIY Planner Covers, Tags & Dividers (made with Cereal Boxes) by Black and White Obsession
  14. How to Make a Cut File into a Print & Cut by Create & Babble
  15. Simple Chest Freezer Organizational Board by Nearly Handmade
  16. Vinyl Your Kitchen Canisters! by From Wine to Whine
  17. Nursery Closet Dividers & Silhouette Cut File by Creative Ramblings
  18. Make Custom Box Templates with a Silhouette for Drawer Organization by One Dog Woof
  19. Organizing the Craft Room by What’s Next Ma
  20. Vinyl Wall Calendar by Crafts Cakes and Cats
  21. Personalized Toy Storage Bins by Lil’ Mrs. Tori
  22. Personalized Routine Chart by Work in Progress
  23. Blog Planner Sheet Dividers + Free Cut Files by TitiCrafty by Camila
  24. Simple Project Calendar by Little Blue’s Room
  25. Dry Erase Photo Frame Menu Board + Free Cut File by Essentially Eclectic
  26. Receipt Organization with Free Cut File by The Thinking Closet
  27. Cute and Easy Labels by Life After Laundry
  28. “What’s For Dinner?” Menu Planning Board by unOriginal Mom
  29. Mixing Organization and Function: An Easy Conversion Chart by My Paper Craze
  30. Why do my cookies taste so bad? A lesson in baking. by The Life and Times of a TAP
  31. Custom Drawer Dividers by Please Excuse My Craftermath…
  32. The evolution of my labeling system by feto soap
  33. Ikea Drawer labels by McCall Manor
  34. Glass Etched Vinegar  & Oil bottles by Terri Johnson Creates
  35. Organize It: Bathroom Closet by The House on Hillbrook
  36. Ombre Butterfly Magnet Board by Sowdering About


I would love to hear how you organize your kid’s art supplies/desk areas/mess.  Let me hear from you!


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29 Responses to Organizing a {Kid’s} Desk

  1. Haha, these are great! Cute labels, and super fun. I’m sure they will help the kids get (and stay!) organized!

  2. danielle says:

    Awesome! New years may be an arbitrary line but I take advantage of any motivation or inspiration to improve since usually I’m not feeling it. 🙂 Your desk looks beautiful! I need to learn how to use the offset in Studio.

  3. Scott Sewell says:

    Those look great – I’d probably just label my desk drawers “Pens, Pennies and Gum”, “Stuff I should file” and “Misc computer cables, phone chargers and other electronics accessories that I have no idea what they’re for – but would only find out the day after I threw them away.”

    • hollymcc says:

      Haha! That would take a big label for the last one. Maybe you should just look at Rubbermaid containers and use a sharpie to label! 😉

  4. LOL! I love these. My fav — “More PAPER seriously”. I feel that way about so many things in my house…hahaha!

  5. It’s amazing what a few labels can do to organize a space (and KEEP it organized longer). Yours are just too cute! I “almost” picked up the sticky chalkboard paper from Silhouette when they were running their big Black Friday sale… kicking myself now!

  6. I love the offset detail, it’s like the icing on a cake! Great Job and fingers crossed that your kids make use of their new organized space!! (But on a plus, if they don’t you can always start leaving them annoying notes on the chalkboard until they do..)

    • hollymcc says:

      Hahahaha! Great idea! I can see it now… “stuff that’s about to get thrown away if you don’t clean this mess up!”

  7. Amy Sewell says:

    My desk has two computers and giant monitors, but no drawers. Otherwise, I might use some of these cute ideas!

  8. Kym McDonald says:

    So cute! Everything you do is cute!! Love!

  9. Kristy gd says:

    Haha! Your labels are awesome, and they make me laugh so hard. “Every type of paper you could ever want”, “More paper, seriously”. I think I need some of those labels for my own drawers. Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. Camila says:

    Super cute project! My favorite is the weird pens LOL, So much fun!. I love how it looks! Black and white are always so nice!


  11. Brie says:

    I LOVE the labels. Mine would say – junk- more junk- seriously you need to clean this- and old disks that I’m afraid to throw out.

  12. Meredith says:

    What a super cute system…and what lucky children you have that they get to see your sense of humor! I have shelves and shelves of paper, I think that it’s a good thing that you won’t be labeling them…I’d be afraid to see the descriptions that came next!

  13. Krista says:

    What a great idea! I might have to steal it!

  14. Barbara says:

    what a great idea! I resolve to be more like you in 2014!!! 🙂
    I do need to be more organized—maybe a few labels will help me with that. I’m thinking in the art room! Hmmmm….I think that’s what I’ll do tomorrow!

  15. Love your labels. Chalkboard vinyl is so much fun.

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