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Desktop Storage with Washi Tape Accents

Updated on January 12, 2014

Desk Storage Upgrade

Fairly recently I was displaced.

I used to have an entire room that was my craft room and my office. Then son #2 was born, and my craft room turned into his bedroom.

The only place for my office to move to was into my bedroom. It was the only room with any room, and even then there was not a lot of room to go around.

Storage has been a big problem. When I'm working at my desk I have things all over my desk and the bed as well. The bed is just to the right of my desk, and when I've been busy you can hardly even tell it it a bed.

I had one small storage container on the corner of my desk, but I had managed to fill it up. The time had long since come and gone when I should have had a new storage solution.

I have finally gotten around to upgrading my desktop storage.


This is my desktop before.

Believe it or not, as messy as it is in this photo is not the worst it can get.

There was so much junk on the left that I had no elbow room. And I had the same problem on the right. More than once when I was typing I managed to knock over the drink I had sitting there.

On the back left corner I had a 3 drawer plastic storage cube, but had long ago filled those drawers to overflowing. It worked for a short time but now I needed something more.

Useless Fact

See the spider plant in the top left corner. That is my "pet" plant.

I've named it Pixie.

I just hope I don't kill Pixie like I killed my lucky bamboo and my cactus.

The Replacement Shelf

I was shopping at a local craft store, where their storage was half off, when I found this surprise.

This corner storage shelf was on clearance for even less than half off. It was normally $35 and I was able to get it for $13.

It wasn't exactly like the ones I had been looking at on amazon, but it seemed like a good shelf for the price.

Desktop Shelves

It might be funny to consider buying storage for your desktop, but it makes perfect sense. It comes in very handy when you have a small work surface, or a desk with few drawers and little storage space.

A desk becomes even more useful if everything you have is right there, just an arms length away, and extra desktop storage helps make that possible.

Rolodex Mesh Collection Corner Desktop Shelf Black (62630)
Rolodex Mesh Collection Corner Desktop Shelf Black (62630)

I have looked at this shelf before in the past. What makes it appealing is that it has shelves for storage, but it also has larger storage spots where notebooks or other books can safely be stored upright.

Safco Products Onyx Mesh Off-Surface Desk Organizer 3604BL, Black Powder Coat Finish, Durable Steel Mesh Construction
Safco Products Onyx Mesh Off-Surface Desk Organizer 3604BL, Black Powder Coat Finish, Durable Steel Mesh Construction

If your extra desktop storage doesn't have to be in the corner, then this one might be an option. The drawer in the center is actually moveable, so you can have it on the left or the right if you prefer.



Of course I had to build it myself, but that wasn't a big deal.

I have a lot of practice building things. After the dresser I put together for my son, this simple 5 piece shelf was a snap.

Everything came with it. All I needed was a Phillips head screwdriver, and I had several sizes of those around to choose from.

Construction took MAYBE 30 minutes.

Everyone Needs Tools

I believe that everyone needs a basic tool kit around the house.

It doesn't matter if you don't think you are handy. Even if you don't know what a hex key is, I'm sure you can turn a screwdriver or use a hammer to bang a nail in.

It is easy to get your hands on a tool kit that comes with all the basic tools, and in a case too so you don't even have to buy a separate toolbox.

Apollo Tools DT9706 Original 39 Piece General Repair Hand Tool Set with Tool Box Storage Case
Apollo Tools DT9706 Original 39 Piece General Repair Hand Tool Set with Tool Box Storage Case

A basic tool set for a handy man. It comes with everything you might need for general light maintenance around the house.

It comes with a 12-foot tape measure, claw hammer, 6-inch slip joint pliers, eight SAE hex keys, ratcheting bit driver, 8-inch scissors,20 bits, plastic knife, four precision screwdrivers, all in a sturdy blow-molded case

Apollo Tools DT9706P Original 39 Piece General Repair Hand Tool Set with Tool Box Storage Case Pink Ribbon
Apollo Tools DT9706P Original 39 Piece General Repair Hand Tool Set with Tool Box Storage Case Pink Ribbon

The same set comes in pink, for the woman who knows she can be handy and feminine at the same time.

Even better, if you purchase the pink tool set then 50cent will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.



In the end the shelf ended up being a little bigger than I had pictured it being. It takes up more horizontal space than the square storage box did, but it makes up for that with vertical space. All of the junk on my desk is now on that shelf, and I have all the elbow room I need now.

I can even set my coffee cup on that shelf and don't have to worry about knocking it over all the time anymore.

Plus, my old storage container fits on top of that one just perfectly, so I still have THAT space too!

Another Useless Fact

The small head in this shot is my son.

He is "putting on wimstick."

Wimstick is his way of saying lipstick.

What he calls lipstick is actually chapstick.

One Step Further - This is Where the Washi Tape Comes In

I didn't have plans to decorate the shelf. It was plain white, but that was okay. I could paint it blue to match my bedroom, but that just seemed like too much work.

Besides, my junk covered everything except the front anyway.

It just happened, however, that I had picked up some Valentines day washi tape with the shelf. And the tape happened to be the exact same width as the thickness of the shelf.

I decided to decorate the font of the shelves using washi tape.

Now, if I ever want to change the look of my shelf all I have to do is pull off the old tape and slap up some new tape.

Washi Tape

Washi tape is a low tack paper tape. It is often used for cardmaking and scrapbooking and other paper craft projects.

What makes it good to use in decorating projects like this one is the fact that it is low tack. It can easily be removed without tearing or leaving a sticky residue behind.

Washi tape also comes in a HUGE array of colors and patterns.

Do you have any interesting storage tips or tricks to share? What about other unique uses for Washi Tape?

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    • goldenecho profile image


      4 years ago from Texas

      Cute ideas! Adds a bit of fun!

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      4 years ago

      I love washi!!! - you did a great job with it! Nice work as well - shelves help SO much! ;-)

    • evawrites1 profile image


      4 years ago

      So much better! I love the "before" and "after" pics.

    • Alyssa DeBoer profile image

      Alyssa DeBoer 

      4 years ago

      I know I've seen this before and if I havent said so already, this is such a great idea and looks awesome!

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      4 years ago from Central Florida

      I think your storage project turned out great.

      Sadly, my desk seems to be a magnet for clutter.

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      4 years ago

      Well done!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      very nicely organized :)

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      4 years ago

      I love storing things, a little too much.

    • GiftsByDiana profile image

      Diana Burrell-Shipton 

      4 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      Looks great !

      You have some good ideas.

    • evelynsaenz1 profile image

      Evelyn Saenz 

      4 years ago from Royalton

      The corner shelf and Washi Tape appear to have been just what you needed to organize your craft area. Congratulations on the Purple Star.

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      4 years ago

      I haven't heard of this tape before but there sure is some I wouldn't mind having, thanks for sharing

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      4 years ago

      never heard of them but they sure spiced up your shelf!

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      4 years ago

      I love washi tapes. Haven't used them for anything yet but got some recently from an online site!


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