“Nothing says sexy more than clean lines and simplicity,” says Robyn Amott, a professional organiser, and decluttering specialist.
As the owner of Bless this Mess and a member of the Institute of Professional Organisers (IOPO), Robyn’s days are spent helping her clients organise their home lives.
“The key to an organised office is to set limits on the volume of content you own, while also attempting to keep your workspace as clear as possible,” she says. “Productivity is best achieved when you have space to spread out without extra distractions.”
Noted! Here, Robyn shares her top desk organisation ideas to bring sexy back in your home office and get this space looking its best.
1. Keep decor minimal
Unified decor that oozes simplicity is ideal for an organised home workspace. Opt for a simple black theme with a pop of greenery to nail the look.
2. Hide unsightly appliance cables
The Kyotomoji – Box Your Life is the perfect place to keep all those essential items like pens, paper, cords and phones. The top compartment features a lid and a smartphone or gadget charger with clever holes in the back of the box that hide the cables. Genius.
3. Add a bold splash of colour
Gold not really you? How about millennial pink? Add some character to your office by choosing a colour scheme that suits your personality. Continue to inject your own vibe into the space through artwork that you love.
4. Ditch the in-trays
Swap the old-school office in-tray for a vertical desk file organiser solution. Use it to store the notebooks you’re currently using, desk paper, diaries, bills to pay, forms to complete, items to enter and other important files.
5. Go wireless
Printers can take up a lot of workspace. The trick? Out of sight, out of mind. So replace your existing printer with a wireless one; simply find a home in a nearby cupboard in which to store it.
6. Go vertical
We often forget about the potential of vertical wall space. A smart, vertical storage solution which you can use as a secondary desk organiser shelf for important files, or as a bookshelf, stationery organiser, or to showcase a favourite photo, will ensure you never forget the power of going vertical.
7. Use a peg board
Peg boards are not just for the kids’ playroom – they’re perfect to use as a notice/inspiration board in your home office.
8. Pop a Post-It on it
Take the guesswork out of where everything lives by labelling it or popping a Post-It note onto it.
9. Keep stationery in one place
Neue Blvd does sexy desk organisation really well. From staplers to note holders, tape dispensers to pencil cases, there’ll be no excuses for not keeping your stationery organised. We love the tortoise collection, which features a mix of speckled browns and blacks with gold accents in a sleek style.
10. Under the desk storage
Desk drawers are essential for productivity in an organised workspace. Opt for a desk with at least three to five drawers so you can house all your stationery and important files.
Use the top drawer for your most frequently used items, the second drawer for technology accessories, and the third for filing or to store the current files you’re working on.
11. Include a place to read
Being confined to your desk all day is no one’s idea of fun, so avoid relocating to the couch by including a stylish armchair and reading lamp in your office space.
By doing so, you’ll double the functionality of your space, while ensuring everything stays within the office rather than flowing into other spaces in the home.