My reading table is directly in front of my desk. I can reach the phone, my calendar, computer, stapler, tape, and all sorts of other necessities if I have to, which means it's quite possible for me to be forced to look at a mess often throughout my day.
I'm a tchotchke type of person: I love to have photos, sparklies, and inspirational sayings in not only my personal but professional spaces. My students love to sneak a peek at everything when they're called to my desk too!
This year I'm using a lot of black and white gingham print border/trimmer with solid white on my bulletin boards, but the pinning surface by my desk isn't very wide. Not wanting to fill up the surface with border alone, I carefully utilized ye olde paper cutter to make it thinner:
Now, staple up the trim:
Add some special photos:
Put everything in its place:
...and don't forget this:
Talk about an improvement!
I've shuffled and rearranged some centers in the classroom this year, and have relocated and reorganized my reading materials. I'll share photos with you soon!