How to Organize Your Desk Drawers (Part 3 of 9 Home Office Organization Series)


Hi, everyone. I’m Alejandra from Alejandra.TV.
And in this video, I’m going to show you how I organize all my desk drawers in my home
office. But first, if you’re looking to get organized
you can check out my free organizing video series on my website, Alejandra.TV. The link
is below. OK. So, talking about desk drawers. So one
of the biggest problems that I see and hear with desk drawers is like everything is just
so cluttered inside, nothing is organized, things get jammed when you open and close
the drawer where you can’t find anything, and it leads to frustration. So let me show
you what I do to avoid all that and be able to find exactly what I’m looking for. OK. So, this is my top drawer, next to my
desk. So this is like — since it is like the top drawer, it’s the most frequently accessed
stuff because I can reach it easily. So, inside here I have all of my post-it notes, my thumbtacks,
paper clips, binder clips, change, staples, flags, my measuring tape, my timer, my little
computer duster thingy. And then I have these, these are fun. These are Quickie Stickies.
They are like little fun sticky note affirmations that I just like put around the office. And
then I have my Blue painter’s Tape and then like my fun washi tape. And then everything is kind of categorized
and organized into these mesh containers that are just puttied down to the bottom of the
drawer. So putty, I was always talk about putty. This is putty. It’s this little like,
just putty and it sticks like it holds things in place. I just put it at the bottom of the
organizer and then they don’t move. So if you kind of like see in the back of
the drawer, there is like one and a half inches of space that’s empty back there? So if I
like open and close the drawer like really fast, nothing is going to move because the
organizers are puttied down. So it’s just really nice. OK. So that is that drawer. And then the second drawer is more — it’s
more like gadgety things. It’s not so much like Post-It notes but it’s like personal
stuff like lotions and ChapStick, business cards, these little cord organizers, erasers
for pencils, tape, this is empty right now. I have note cards in here and then — oh,
so this is Museum Putty. I keep it right here because I use it so often. But I just love
this stuff. OK. Then the bottom drawer, so this is stuff
that’s like less frequently accessed since it’s like the farthest drawer toward the bottom.
But this has my receipt organizer for work. So I did a whole video on this last year.
Basically, I just organize all my receipts by category into this beautiful rainbow poly
envelope. They just like stays in this drawer right here. And then in this poly envelope, I have all
my stickers. So, I love using stickers on like cards or like my nieces and nephews or
like checklist stickers for all my checklist trackers and stuff. Let my show you inside
how I’ve organize them. Basically, I just use the same thing as the
receipt organizer but then I just label the categories just like that. And whenever you
have this accordion organizer, it comes with these little paper inserts that you just like
slide inside. But I feel like those things always fall out. So instead of putting those
in, I just take my label maker and I just stick a label on the top of it and nothing
is going to fall out. So, that is my sticker collection. And I have my address book right here. I have
my coupon binder that half of the time, it’s like in this drawer, half of the time it’s
in the car, half of the time it’s in the purse. So it kind of just like moves around wherever
I go. And then, this is really cool. This is a cool organizer which I will put a link
to some of the products I’m showing on my website so you can check it out. But this is like a little plastic organizer.
They are really inexpensive and what I do is I put all my big letter stickers that I
use for scrapbooking inside here because they don’t really fit in this accordion organizer.
So it just goes in here. And they just like fit so perfectly. OK. So, over here I have — this is all of
Mojo’s like her medications and her — yeah, just like medication. Then I have bag of her
treats. So when she’s hanging out in my office. And then over here, looks like I have tons
of these but they’re all like different address and shipping labels and like perforated business
cards and stuff. They all just kind of hang out in here. And this is actually a file drawer. This was
a file drawer. You can kind of see the holes on the ends. But I was like, when I got this
desk, I was like, I’m not using this as a file drawer. I have a separate filing cabinet
so we’ll just cut off the bars and then be able to fit in these nice organizers. These
are the same organizers that I showed a few years ago in my fridge for containing like
the lettuce and the vegetables and stuff. But they’re actually like file organizers.
So they just fit like perfectly in there. OK, so that’s that drawer. So, on the other side of the desk, this is
the top drawer. And again, this has like more frequently accessed things because it’s the
top drawer. So it has my pens, my markers, my pencils, highlighters, colored pencils,
chalkboard markers and then crayons but I don’t really use those that often, chalk and
then my calculator. So yeah, even though there’s like pens and pencils on my desk because this
is like the back-up supply or these are like the less frequently accessed writing instruments.
So yeah, so these go in here and they’re all categorized in the same organizers that are
puttied down. And then the second drawer, so this is my
favorite drawer in the whole desk. I love this drawer. Yeah, I’m so excited to show
you what it looks like. OK. So this is my shipping drawer. So whenever I’m like paying
bills or I’m like shipping something, I always come here to grab an envelope like there are
the long envelopes, there are the short envelopes. These are like the best thing about this drawer
so I grabbed or I find all these little poly envelope holders, organizers and they fit
perfectly in the drawer and I just categorize like — I just came up with all the categories
that I would need to ship something. So there are stamps. There are checks to deposit
or I’m sorry, address labels, checks to deposit, home record or home receipts, travel receipts,
receipts to register and gift receipts. So all like — I just put whatever I need to
inside that envelope. So like, checks to deposit, if I receive a check I’ll put it in the envelope
and then I’ll take that envelope to the bank when I’m ready to deposit it. And then when
I come back, I’ll put the empty envelope back in here. Like travel receipts, I’ll take this envelope
with me when I travel in my suitcase. Put the travel receipts in there and when I come
back, I’ll take them out and put the empty envelope back in here. It’s just like a great
system and like none of the envelopes get caught in the drawer. It’s like the perfect
height. It’s awesome. OK. So then, my checkbooks are right here.
My extra checkbooks are back here. And then another cool thing about the drawer is these
drawer dividers that I put in the drawers, they just fit so beautifully. It’s like, I
don’t know, they’re not even made for this drawer, the just fit nicely. And they are
expandable so you can expand them to whatever size you need. And then I have these little
dividers right here that holds envelopes in place and holds these poly envelopes in place.
And yeah, this is the beautiful shipping drawer. And then the bottom drawer is all of my poly
envelopes. So, I have a lot of poly envelopes because this is like my job to organize and
show solutions and stuff. And so, I have so many that like I use and I reuse. And a lot
of these, they’ve been used before like if you saw my old sticker collection video. I
had all my stickers inside of these poly envelopes but as you know as life changes, your systems
have to change just as fast. So these are not in use right now. But anyway, so this
is where all the poly envelopes live. And when I’m organizing something, I can just
come here and see exactly what I’m looking for. OK. So, how do you organize your desk drawers?
Is there something that I didn’t show that you do that keeps you really organize and
productive? If so, leave a comment below and let me know and everyone else is watching
know whatever you do. And if this is your first time watching one
of my videos, you can subscribe to my YouTube channel or you can check out my website at
Alejandra.TV. Thanks for watching and I’ll see you soon.
Bye.

100 comments

  • Madeline1hewitt

    will u organize my house oh my gosh

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  • Luci's Studio

    That isn't telling you how to organize your drawers it is just simply a desk tour really!

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  • Victoria Gabbai

    never thought of sticky tack/putty to hold things down!

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  • Funk Republik

    I only keep receipts for 3 days max. I don't see why u need to hv a file for it lol just me.

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  • Priscilla Yoo

    ROSANNA PANSINO WORE THAT SHIRT!

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  • دار زايد

    where will u put the new things. no space at all

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  • Mohammad Younus Baig

    thankssss i love this definitely trying

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  • Erin McGovern

    Alejandra-love the shipping drawer!!!! Where did you get this desk?

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  • Jonatan Ramirez

    Her voice is so relaxing..

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  • LAURA WANG

    In the deep drawer, where did u get those clear boxes?

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  • TheSmallRos

    I really think it's uncalled for that anybody would watch these videos of this nice seeming woman just to post rude and bullying comments. Her home makes her happy and she's showing us what's worked for her!

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  • Willa B

    Do you have kids if you do can u do a room tour

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  • Princess Sara

    I love your videos

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  • S A D I O

    You're such an organised person. I learn a lot from you A! All the way from Grenada, Caribbean. xoxo

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  • bjfinle

    You are my Favorite Alejandra! Love all of your videos!

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  • Ren Kuro

    "Half of the time in here, half the time in the car and half the time in my purse" Alejandra, do you know your fractions?

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  • Rosemary

    Half the time it's in the drawer, half the time it's in the car, half the time it's in my purse.

    Wut…?

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  • Alison Green

    sorry hon but this ain't no TV show

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  • James jordan YT channel

    hope too see more vids

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  • S D

    Quite a big budget,even though the organizers are from the dollar store…You can store the dog medications/treats in the pantry or somewhere else…because dog treat in the office…um…maybe somewhere else would be better

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  • Erin McGovern

    Hello!

    Where are the dividers from in the shipping drawer? Beautiful!

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  • Aggie Carillo

    About the coupon binder you said "Half the time it's in the draw, half the time it's in the car and half the time it's in my purse" but sorry that technology makes no sense you can't have 3 half's just saying. nice video though

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  • Nina ninq

    ajde be organizirna

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  • Christopher Mairena

    You, my dear, are a special kind of crazy. Whatever makes you happy I guess. I just think that you have so much "organizing" going on that you spend more time color coding, filing, and updating your all your lists than it actually takes to get the work done.

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  • Tam Mouat

    really want to know where she gets her poly envelopes being aussie idk what stores have them and we dont have staples and stuff like its really hard.

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  • Mason Clark

    I use a silverware organizer

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  • Rehnuma Jamil

    Does she have ODC??

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  • Leilani Choe

    Can you link the desk drawer brands and where you got them

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  • Kathryn Bingham

    what in My back pack

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  • Hazel Fung

    Your videos makes me motivated to do something and organizing my room. By the way, I love your desk drawer.😊

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  • Katie Bear

    Correction:
    1/3 of the time its in the drawer
    1/3 of the time its in the car
    and
    1/3 of the time its in your purse

    1/3 + 1/3 + 1/3 = 1

    1/2 + 1/2 + 1/2 = 1 1/2 ——————–>>> NOT 1 whole.

    simple math.

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  • Aliyah Owodunni

    love your organisation

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  • Karen

    I love the way you organize everything!!
    Karen from California

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  • astrid!!

    Thank you so much 😘
    My desk was the first step of deep cleaning my SCARY room (I'm a huge hoarder) and this really helped ;)))

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  • Alexandrie West

    nice, but i was looking HOW TO ORGANIZE not my organized desk drawer! DX

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  • morgan donnelly

    Does anybody know what kind of chairs those are?? I am in love with them lol

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  • Jada Marsic

    Hey Alejandra does the putty mess up your drawers? Im 10 so I could get I trouble if I mess up my new fruniter that im getting soon

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  • Siobhan Carmichael

    is putty blue tack?

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  • Rebecca Kimberlee

    I bet when she babysits her nieces and nephews at her house I bet she gets paranoid when they mess it up then when they are gone she cleans it all up

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  • Kinzey Collier

    I really love your Channel it gives me a lot of ideas about what I do when I grow up so thank you for your channel .❤️

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  • Angel

    i love her organized life. she has loads of stationery

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  • Just Jasleen

    Watching your video made me clean my messy room

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  • Maria Wolf

    She's the real Monica Geller/Bing

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  • Maria Wolf

    She's the real Monica Geller/Bing

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  • Catherine Arellano

    3:33 you can have three halves

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  • Arlene K

    Love the sticker idea. My son loves love love stickers. I can't stand having them everywhere. This is awesome!

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  • nanapunye lah

    i learn alot from your videos. they totally help me in organizing my stuff both at home & at my office.

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  • Melanie The lightsaver

    she does not show you how just shows you what is inside

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  • Sun Flower

    Does this lady buy things just to organize them? Like poly envelopes, a million post it notes, rubber bands, paper clips, pens and markers. These things are redundant if you know how to use a computer… I also really don't think these desk drawers are that organized. There is no logical system to where things go. Things are simply placed around in different containers. And why are there veterinary medicine in a drawer in her desk?

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  • Woodworking guru 101

    Great job,Alejandra ,i'm cleaning my room during the last 2-3 weeks i have left of school holidays . I have done 1 of my three drawers today with the same method as you except, I made 18 origami boxes,rectangular and square

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  • Tanushree Mishra

    Hi arn't u making new youtube videoes…

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  • Gary Lewis

    what kind of desk did you get because I would love to get one? my desk is so big and i have a small bedroom and it is really annoying i want to move it around. I would also like to say that you are my most favourite organizing i know on youtube

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  • Issa Mohammad

    what is scrapbooking

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  • Rachael Walthew

    Hey quick question…. cheques to deposit is how we spell it for a money cheque here in NZ do you spell it check?

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  • Caya Hansen

    You get organized to tell people how to organize… you’re awesome, because if I did that I would be in a coma

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  • Mohamed Ismail

    i like your presentation & smile 🙂

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  • Basketball 22

    She reminds me of Monica from friends did anyone else notice that?

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  • Vicky Kay

    You can do a video of a messy drawer and show us how you fix it.🤗

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  • KIDS FUN

    please can you show a back to school supplies for children

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  • Flash Five

    I think she puts labels on the labels that she labels

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  • hoda shariati

    you supercomplicate everything. You do not spend all day long organizing all needy greedy things.

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  • Victoria S

    She could just say one sentence, and I would already be able to tell she has ocd

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  • AericWinter

    So many checkbooks. If only there were a way to transfer money electronically…

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  • Hyper Husky

    I do my draw like this:
    So, I first make a list of what I am putting in the drawers, then put them in with the organizers

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  • Sandra M

    Wow thank you so much this is great it will help me a lot to organize my drawers.😀

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  • Lisa Medeiros

    Thank you for sharing your expert organizing skills.

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  • Ava Tear

    maybe dont use so much plastic next time. but i loved the vedio

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  • Yamie Andre

    💗💗💗💗💗

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  • Hecking Ally

    She looks and acts like Monica Geller/Bing from Friends😂

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  • ann f

    The way I organize my desk drawers is I shove things in and push them down until the drawer closes

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  • Ghulam Murtaza

    Everytime i sèe your video i take all my things out of my drawer and after 5 minutes i dont know what to do😅😅

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  • Ghulam Murtaza

    😂😂😂

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  • Lali's Life

    I AM LITTERLY A MINI YOU IM SO ORGANIZED MY MOM NEVER TELL ME TO CLEAN CAUSE I ALWAYS DO BEFORE Especially MY ROOM!!

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  • nurse Preston Crisp

    Do you have a shredder in your office

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  • Tropicália

    Love watchig your videos Alejadra! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  • DW DW

    I love your ability to organize so well, it's a mindset as well as stopping yourself from getting frustrated when you're looking for something when that time arises. Needless to say, I'm at that frustrated stage. Not to blame anyone else in the house… however when I do make an effort to organize anything which I'm sure that it's very clear that I'm in the process of doing so, or you have actually finished that project. Not everyone in the house has the same thought of mind which turns it back into a mess. I'm getting there slowly one step at a time, not to worry.

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  • C C

    I have to know where your chair is from and what is it called? I tried to search ergonomic bounce chair on eBay, a bunch of sex chairs came up… OMG!! please share where to find your orange ergonomic chair.. 😁

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    zada hi free ho rahi ho aljendra moti sand bhen gi jahil kutti

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  • Ronni Smith

    Who is mojo

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  • Jane Welton

    I love office supplies! School supply season is my favorite time of year. When I organize things I ask myself a few questions. Do I really need it? The box of colored pens were so cute! Will I actually use it? Glue sticks, pens, and envelope adhesive dry out and erasers harden. How much of am item do actually need? 12 packs of different colored post-its vs a couple pads of the plain ones? Am I buying stuff just to fill a empty spot in my space? Is the container more expensive than what I am going put in it? My organized space was so "perfect" I felt guilty to use stuff because the "pretty" would go away. I threw a bunch of "spoiled" and redundant things in the trash. I consolidated what was left. Now I have an empty drawer and a bunch of bins that I can use for something else!

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  • Adriana Alba

    Been a huge fan of your YouTube channel!! 😊 in love with your desk as well! Where did you purchase this?

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  • Laura Brus

    I love this. You are my spirit animal 😃

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  • iiGalaxy

    Sorry but this isn't halves… "50% in here, 50% in the car and 50% in my purse" that is 150% not 100%

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  • italixa

    Monica geller

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  • kiran kadri

    You’re face is too big

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  • IHeartKids Childcare

    Where did you purchase this desk?

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  • vastusankalp Group

    Very nice i like your videos
    Poonam

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  • Grace Cortier

    I love your videos. It really helps me.

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  • Sally Rhodes

    Love the use of putty. thanks

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  • The Duke of Kidderminster

    Wait, wait wait!!
    Why don’t you have a drawer full of ten year old cables and power supplies that ‘might come in useful one day’? What kind of weirdo are you?

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  • Chloe Edie

    2019 anyone???

    Just me ok

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  • Stephanie Rios Acevedo

    How can I find that desk? I LOVE IT!

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  • Claudia Velasquez

    I wish I had all that stuff I have a desk but it’s just a table with junk on it☹️

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  • Khadidja Bib

    Cool

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  • Billie Jean

    Who else thinks Alejandra reminds you of the one fortnite season 9 battle pass skin characters?

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  • CrimsonTuber

    7:54 "as you know life changes and your systems have to change just as fast"
    Omg I just realised how rigid I am.

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  • Akshita Thakur

    heyy anyone from 2019??

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  • Cherry DIY

    cool

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  • ASMR Wolf

    And I thought my desk was organized… 😖

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  • Janette Hosni

    OMG AMAZING!!this actually inspired me to organize my room.for almost a year my room has been filth with clothes everywhere.but today I watched your videos and in an hour my room was all clean and organized!!thank you!!

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