Well, I did it, I set up the shelves, and I organized all the beads. This is the result. I'm almost embarrassed by how many beads I have lol. I did find quite a few beads that I had forgotten that I had. It was kind of like a beading shopping trip without actually spending any money.
I did organize the glass beads on the middle shelf by color. The top shelf is split between pearls on the left and stones on the right about evenly split down the middle. The bottom shelf has the metal findings and some of the leather and suede cording, as well as beads that are mixed as far as color etc. goes.
The desk has crystals, all of my head pins, ear wires clasps etc. as well as the three drawers full of seed beads. (and yes, they are sorted by color).
I am happy that I got all this accomplished besides the several side trips that involved picking itsy bitsy beads off the floor when I bumped an open container. (or two or three).