July 3, 2013

How to Style your Workspace When you Love Clutter

I know it sounds crazy— who LOVES clutter? You’d be surprised to know that a lot of people love what I call “organized chaos.” It’s a form of clutter that actually can work in your workspace, depending on your personality type. If you need to have clutter around though, what can you do to style your office?

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Really organize the chaos

The above photos might look a little chaotic, but notice that even in the chaos, everything has it’s place-that’s exactly what organized chaos is. All of the pens and pencils have their cups, ribbons have a line, and bills and important paperwork have their folders or their stacks in a letter tray. Personally, these spaces are still considered cluttered because of the sheer number of things present, but they’re still organized in their own way. This should be the first rule for a person who loves clutter: as long as you have a method to the madness, your space will still look great!

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A Corkboard is your New Best Friend

If you browse Pinterest’s Home Decor or DIY sections, you’ll know just how popular corkboards are right now. They’re cheap, they’re easy to make and personalize and they’re great for keeping your clutter at bay. Instead of having all of your magazine clippings, photos and inspirational prints spread all over your desk, you can stick them onto a corkboard. The boards might still look a little cluttered and crazy, but it keeps the mess off of your actual workspace, as well as gives your workspace a lived in feel.

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Have plenty of shelf and storage space

If you’re a person that loves clutter, it probably means you like having and keeping a lot of things but as long as you’re not an “office packrat” then you’re good to go. Sometimes you just can’t avoid not throwing out reports or keepsakes, but you better have enough space to be able to keep it all. The most important part of getting work down is having a space that will allow you to do so, most importantly, a clear/somewhat organized desk. Invest in some great wall shelves, storage bins/trays and bookcases to keep all of your clutter off of your workspace, but still within arms reach.

Do you work in Organized Chaos? Let me know in the comments below!

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