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Organize This: Your Workspace!

Lately I have been on a mission to take back my workspace and give it some much needed attention.  Maybe it is the winter weather and the fact that I have been spending more time using my desk; or maybe it is because it is a new year and I am on a mission to get my papers in order.  Either way, I have had an organized workspace on my mind.

I am the kind of gal who needs a clutter free desk and a good system in place in order to feel work ready and productive.  A few extra pops of happy color never hurts either.  Here are a few of my top tips to keep a neat yet inspiring place to work.

 

Having enough surface space to spread out and use a laptop and daily planner while keeping any daily accessories within reach is extremely important.  The workspace should be sufficient enough to perform daily tasks without the need to stop and relocate or get up to grab an important file.  A cozy chair never hurts either.

 

 

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Natural light is so wonderful if you have it, however, if you work in a windowless cubical or after the sun goes down, task lighting is key.  Swing arm lamps are typically ideal for allowing you to direct the lighting in a specific area of your work surface, and prevent over-exposing your eyes to excessive amounts of direct light.

 

 

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Papers are notorious for piling up and causing instant clutter.  To ensure that everything important is simple to find at a moments notice, take the time to set up a good filing system with labeled file folders.

 

 

In addition to a good filing system, I also recommend adding a couple of paper trays or mail slots for current items that require attention but are not ready to be filed away for good.  This could be mail that requires reading, appointments that need to be scheduled or current documents being worked.

 

 

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In your day-to-day work life you may find that there are some things that are used more often than others.  Keeping those commonly accessed supplies such as stationary and writing utensils easily accessible in decorative desktop organizers, will save the trouble of digging through boxes and drawers each day.

 

 

Although there are items that make a lot of sense to keep out at your workspace each day, there are many other items that should be tucked away.  By placing less used items such as craft supplies and paper products in decorative boxes, binders and drawers, you are keeping your visual clutter to a minimum and keeping your workspace clear of unnecessary clutter.

 

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If you are in the middle of an important project or assignment and feeling excited and productive, nothing will slow you down faster than opening your drawers and rummaging around for a specific tool or supply.  Keep those smaller office supplies such as pens, rubber bands, decorative tapes, calculators and paper clips nice and tidy with the help of trays and drawer organizers.

 

 

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Keeping a notepad or two at your desk ensures you are always ready to jot down quick notes, phone numbers and random thoughts that spark throughout the day.

 

 

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This is a personal preference, but I highly recommend sprinkling in some desk accessories that are in your favorite colors and finishes.  Oh, and pretty flowers too.  Because when your desk is a reflection of you and filled with happy objects, you are more apt to whistle while you work.

 

 

Many desks naturally come with cord clutter from computers, phones and printers.  Finding creative ways to keep those cords concealed in drawers, decorative boxes or with cord clips will ensure you don’t become tangled in a mess of wires.

 

 

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Organize This: Dorm Room!

Trend: Neon

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Neon emotes a youthful and happy feeling.  So what better space to integrate some neon, than within your dorm room?

Organizing a dorm room takes some smart thinking.  Often times, you are given a box of a room, which must function as a kitchen, living room, bedroom and office in one.

 

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When given the opportunity, maximize the dorm room space by lofting the bed.  By raising the bed, you can tuck a living room and workspace below.  In front of the couch, storage ottomans are the best solution as they can act as a surface for food and drinks, while also storing essentials inside.

 

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If lofting the bed is not an option, check out bed risers.  Even raising the bed a foot or two will allow for  multiple storage bins to be stowed away below.

 

Closet space is often times limited within a dorm as well.  Don’t just settle for a standard shelf and clothing rod.  Add a mixture of stackable storage pieces to create custom organizing solutions.  Also consider adding a second rod for double hanging space {and hang items on super slim hangers} and finding organizers for the back of the door to ensure every amount of the closet is being utilized.

 

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In a dorm, the wall will be your best storage friend.  Adding in adjustable shelving with provide ample surface space for books, binders, accessories and baskets.  The wall is also a great place to create a command center by adding a bulletin board and wall pockets, for keeping your daily schedule, assignments and social life on track.

 

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The desk space is one of the most important spaces within the dorm room, as that is ultimately why you are there right?  Therefore, it is important to have adequate work surface space, task lighting and a very comfortable chair.

 

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If possible, build in a mini kitchen.  Simple big box store cabinets can be pieced together to hold a miniature fridge, sink, cook-top or microwave.  The drawers are a great place to stash small dishes and cookware.

 

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Organize With This: Acrylic!

Trend:  Acrylic Organizers!

Acrylic organizers are some of my favorite for many different tasks and for many different reasons.  They can be used in endless ways and come in a large variety of options.  Here are some of my favorites!

 

Acrylic drawer organizers do their job of keeping items separate and simple to find, but they also keep drawers looking down right chic and pretty!  I love going the extra mile and adding some pretty liner in the drawer and have it show through the acrylic dividers as well.

 

Acrylic drawer dividers come in endless shapes and sizes, and many even stack to offer up extra storage.  They can be used for anything from office drawers to jewelry sorters and when you don’t need them anymore in one space, they can easily be adapted into another.

 

Where I really love to see acrylic organizers being played with, is at the desk!

 

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Acrylic gives desk spaces both a sophisticated yet playful vibe.  You can find organizers that work for corralling business cards, desk accessories and even stacks of papers, folders and mail.

 

 

Another show stopper is the acrylic tray.  It is so gorgeous and versatile, that you see them being lined with cloth and used as jewelry holders….

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Or for corralling accessories on top of a sideboard cabinet, a dresser, coffee table, and yet again, at the workspace.

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Acrylic organizers are really wonderful for organizing beauty products, since there are some of us who may like to have a few options on hand, the clear organizers help find everything quick and easy when dolling up.

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Or even for those looking to take their makeup goodies on the go!

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The portable caddy would also look incredible center of the table with some cutlery, or on a desk with pens, pencils and a pad a paper.  I personally love it for corralling my manicure items.

 

Hosting a party or just love having a bar setup in your abode?  An acrylic bar cart boasts organization for the supplies and bottles, and looks super glam besides!

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Although I am a fan of keeping the acrylic on display, it also functions big in tucked away places.  Smaller acrylic shelves can be added to medicine cabinets to create extra storage space for little things.

 

Smaller containers are wonderful for desk accessories, or in the bathroom for itty bitties such as cotton swabs and brush holders.

 

Acrylic drawer options that stack are ideal storage for under the sink as you can see the contents and save space at the same time.

 

Acrylic is an organizational win all around for many reasons.  It is versatile enough to be used in many ways, in almost any space.  It is glam, chic, sophisticated, lovely and can be dressed up or down.  It goes with everything, is durable, simple to clean and typically is quite sturdy for even the toughest organizing jobs.  One of the reasons I crush on it the most is because you can always see the contents of what you are storing, which means less rummaging and sifting for objects you are looking for.

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Organize This: Small Office Nooks!

Trend: Tucked Away Workspaces!

 

 

Let’s face it, workspaces are a huge home necessity.  We need them for keeping track of home budgets and finances, for filing, paying our bills, for working from home, for crafting and projecting and of course, for doing our studies.  That is a lot of function for one space to handle, especially when space is limited and an entire room can’t be dedicated to the function.

That is why tiny, tucked away home offices are so huge.  We need them, but the option to devote an entire room from our home to a home office is simply a luxury.

 

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While we were personally in the process of creating our dreamy home office in our lower level, we took advantage of a guest bedroom closet to create a temporary workspace.  The closet was the perfect solution as it was previously being utilized for craft storage, and wouldn’t require us to disrupt them main living areas with a cluttered work area.  Now that we are using our new home office, the closet office still lives on as a study area for the kids, or a nice place for our guests to spend a few quiet minutes of their visit. It is also still one of my most favorite spots in our home.

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Closet offices are really becoming quite the rage.  Simply put, they work!  They are space saving, keep workspace clutter tucked away nice and neat and utilize oodles of vertical wall storage.

 

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There are all sorts of ways to make these closet areas not only functional, but pretty enough to want to spend a few hours tackling administrative tasks.  The biggest way to help them feel like another room in your home; is to treat it like one!  A bold paint color, a pretty stencil or wallpaper {or even wrapping paper}, really make a cheerful statement.

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But back to storage!  It’s amazing how much storage a closet office can really pack!  Whether you add in hooks and rails, floating shelves or peg board wall systems, utilizing the wall space is crucial for making the most of tucked away workspace storage options.

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And when you are all done with work for the day, closet offices can be closed up and out of site.  Curtains are one of the best way to do this as they take up much less space than standard doors, and they also add extra softness to a room!

 

But wait, what if you don’t have a closet to spare?  No worries!  There are so many other ways to gain a workspace when overall space is limited.

 

Look around your home for happy little nooks.  A small corner, a spot between two cabinets or walls or even that forgotten space under the stairs.

These mini-offices can still be uber functional by building in a desk or purchasing a smaller sized version measured to fit your space.   Add some wall storage, a memo board, task lighting, some dishes for small office supplies and a filing cabinet tucked below, and you have yourself one heck of a workspace!

 

Still nookless and closetless?  Scour local thrift stores or your favorite furniture shop for an armoire.  Many are outfitted as workstations for your computer, while the doors and backing act as a place to pin up notes, photographs and memos {add magnetic tin, cork or chalkboard paint to give yourself an instant memo board}.  The lower portion is a wonderful spot for larger electronics such as printers and scanners, along with drawers for filing away all of the paperwork.   And again, just close it up to hide that daily clutter when all is said and done each day.

 

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Best of the Blogs: Offices & Desks!

 

I’ve been obsessed with making my desk both functional and pretty these days, so I turned to some of my favorite blogs for top-notch inspiration. And look what amazing desks I found! Each one has a unique element that I can’t wait to try in my own space.

 

1. First up? The beautiful desk of Style Me Pretty‘s Abby Larson on The Everygirl

What I love about it: A desk isn’t complete without a bouquet of fresh flowers! I love the pop of color they add here, along side a cheerful lacquer box.

 

Photo Credit: The Everygirl

 

2. I’m crazy about this pretty space from Lindsay of Sadie and Stella

What I love about it: A bouquet of pink pencils and the vibrant drapes! Not to mention a little calligraphy art and a window view to make this space a perfect place to cross off to-do’s.

 

Photo Credit: Sadie and Stella

 

3. Jennifer at Rambling Renovators created this pretty and functional office space. 

What I love about it: The white built-in storage in this space is just what I need. Too many papers/file folders/magazines –too little time!

 

Photo Credit: Rambling Renovators

 

4. Jordan of Oh Happy Day shared shots of this unique workspace

What I love about it: The industrial-chic desk and wall color – which makes me feel like I’m floating. And who wouldn’t love spools of pretty ribbon at your fingertips?

 

Photo Credit: Oh Happy Day

 

5. It’s pretty easy to guess what I love about Shay of So Shay‘s office, featured on  Made By Girl.

What I love about it: The gold accent wall! Shay explains that she painted this wall herself and that it wasn’t as difficult as it might look. Read about how it came together here.

 

Photo Credit: So Shay/Made By Girl

 

6. An amazing office makeover from Jenny of Little Green Notebook

What I love about it: Oh, too many things! But I especially like that Jenny gave new life to the barely green parsons desk and the red credenza. The bold red is totally unexpected, and coordinates with the window treatments and rug beautifully.

 

Photo Credit: Little Green Notebook

 

7. This office area from Style Spotter Jen of I Heart Organizing has my heart. 

What I love about it: The blue cabinet nobs and the spring-y (and perfectly organized!) file folders. I’d love for my space to look just like this.

 

Photo Credit: I Heart Organizing

 

8. I love this office shot from Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere

What I love about it: The chalkboard to-do list! I’m officially on the hunt for a vintage chalkboard or frame so I can make one myself.

 

Photo Credit: Cupcakes and Cashmere

 

9. Katie of Bower Power has a bright and cheerful work space at home.  

What I love about it: The way she’s used baskets to store but conceal office essentials, and the natural light pouring in!

 

Photo Credit: Bower Power

 

 

What do you love about these spaces? I have a long list of ideas and can’t wait to makeover my own office. More storage, file folders, chalkboard to-do list, colorful credenzas … I have a lot to do! Tune in next month when I’ll share some of my favorite blogger furniture refreshes. Do you have one you’d like to submit for consideration? Drop me a line at BHGBloggers@Meredith.com.

 

Happy Decorating!

-Liz Frantz, Social Media Editor


Fun Labels To Get You Organized

Hi Everyone, this is Samantha Thorpe from Storage magazine. We are really into using labels to help keep you and your family organized. No matter what area you need to get in order in your house—closet, pantry, bathroom, entry, or kid’s room—labels help everyone know where to return items so the next person can find them. Now, that is easier said then done.

But fun labels are a great reminder that there is “A place for everything and everything in its place,” as Isabella Mary Beeton first wrote in The Book of Household Management in 1861.  So try downloading these labels to get organized today.

Make it easy to find food you have stocked in your pantry with these mix-and-match labels (above left) available at  BHG.com/FoodLabels. You can add your own categories as well!  These free downloadable labels come in a variety of patterns and sizes. They’re easy to customize to describe your containers’ contents.

You can also get your kids organized with labels that make it easy for them to put things away. For kids who can’t read quite yet, use labels with photos to help them put their trains, stuffed animals, and other items in the right place.

-Samantha Thorpe, Storage Magazine

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