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Confession: my office makeover is taking FOR. EVER. I think desk organization is definitely one of the toughest challenges for me. Here are a few of my most recent updates & some tips for helping a small desk pull double duty!
Decorating Tips for Open Storage: How to “Fake” a Clean Space
Okay, we’ve already talked about organizing & hiding all of those crazy power cords (and all of the awesomeness that is the Bluelounge CableBox!). Reducing visual clutter is KEY in making a space feel clean & open! Visual clutter is anything that distracts the eye from the overall style or flow in a space. Clashing colors, tangled wires — things that may not be out of their designated place, but can make a space look messier than it actually is.
- I use the Milo suction stand to keep my phone easily within reach. I always know where it is, and I can use it as a mini-monitor if I want to keep an extra screen open for my to-do list, etc.
- My stapler, scissors, and pens stay in that little Poppin pen cup on my desk. Matching pens make me SO happy in the nerdiest way! They are a small little luxury, but things like matching desk accessories really make a difference in how pretty & organized a space can look.
- TIP: Use color to reduce visual clutter, and your desk will look neater without even trying! (In my opinion, you can also get away with a little bit more mess if everything looks like it’s there on purpose!)
- When I’m working at my computer, I keep all of my paperwork on a shallow shelf to the right of my desk. It helps keep the paper piles out of the way, but within easy reach.
- My desk is in our main living area & I usually have a LOT of papers in that inbox, so it’s nice to keep it out of the direct line of sight!
- I also keep my most-used binder on that shelf, because I am constantly grabbing it throughout the day and it’s just a little bit easier to keep it in its own space vs. filed away on a higher shelf.
When it’s time to pay the bills, I can just fold up my laptop on the Mika stand & it opens up space on my desk for my binder and inbox.
Open Storage Decorating Tips
Open storage is GREAT because it makes things very accessible. It’s TOUGH because it puts all of your work items on display.
- Sticking with a consistent color palette reduces visual clutter.
- It can help make the space look clean & organized without any extra effort!!
- Think about it: if you have a whole jumble of mismatched colors and shapes on display, it will still look a little bit messy, even when it’s organized. On the other hand, when everything coordinates, you can get away with a little bit more of a mess because the overall look is still pulled together & on purpose!
How can you incorporate open storage into your office WITHOUT making it feel completely utilitarian?
- Treat whatever is out on display like it’s a decoration in your home. You can easily update cheap binders, etc. by wrapping them in fabric or putting pretty paper in the cover pockets.
- My go-to base color is white. It matches everything, looks clean and bright, and never seems to go out of style. (Bonus: white office accessories are usually a lot cheaper than buying fancier materials like metal or wood!)
- If you can’t make something prettier, then tuck it away behind a door, inside a drawer, or store it in an attractive container.
- If it’s something that needs to stay accessible but tends to get messy, keep it out of the direct line of sight.
Check out Leif’s organized office for even more tips & tricks!