Visual Organizing

Since I run a business from home, I need a specific space that is dedicated to my work.  The addition of a hutch to my desk was just what I needed. It was initially a dark brown in color which I painted to match the gray color of the interior of our RV.  It also had a "cardboard" back to it which we removed as it made the space much too dark for my liking.  Now it lets a lot of light shine through from the window behind my computer. Finally, we added a few reinforcing pieces to ensure it was sturdy enough to hold all that I wanted to store on it. 

After a while, I realized the hutch had become a catch-all for a number of things and its organization was a bit clumsy.  Most organizers will tell you to remove everything and then replace what you need in the right spots. Great advice, however, it can be difficult to organize in a small space. Try this Visual Organization trick to save time and get your project done quickly. 

STEP 1

Begin by taking a photo of the space you want to reorganize.  Study it a bit to see what it's telling you.  Identify what's uncomfortable, doesn't feel right, or just doesn't work for you. 

 

STEP 2

Print off your picture or use an online marking program to make notes of what you like/don't like and what needs to be done.

A few things I noted for my space are: 

  • I didn't like the plant on the left side of the top shelf.  It had dead leaves and was getting too large for the space. 

  • My boxes were great for storage, but I kept forgetting what was in them since I neglected to label them. 

  •  The three shelves on the right needed to be decluttered.  The bottom two were my go-to spots and where I needed to organize my every day and critical supplies.

STEP 3

By eliminating what I didn't need/want, and utilizing my boxes with labeled storage, it freed up space which gave me greater access to my tools and supplies. 

  • I gave the plant to a neighbor who has a green thumb of her own.  Moved the smaller plan into its place and moved the clock to where the smaller plant lived.  The top shelf has a cleaner line lets in more light and has a greater visual appeal. 

  • Repositioning my books and finding another white box also allowed the space to not look so cluttered. 

  • Finding new containers made a huge difference.  My camera gear has a new container that keeps it out of sight but ready and available when needed.  The paper organizer allows me easy access to the various texture and styles I need. My favorite find, however, was the clear acrylic boxes that allow storage and still lets in the light.  They made a huge difference for me.   

Yes, there are still a few "messy" looking areas, but the reality is this is a working office and it's never going to be a pristine work of art.  I'm happy with the outcome...at least for now.  I'm sure sometime in the future, I'll reorganize again, it's just the way I roll!

Do you have an organizing tip to share?  Send it to me and I'll share it with our community and give you full credit!  

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