A beautiful desk is my black hole of style. The piece that I can see, but not actualize. The desk itself is not so much a problem. I've longed for a glossy white Parson's desk the way most people long for big diamonds. And I've decided that at last, it shall be mine! A little gift to myself for all my blogging hard work. But where to go from there? How do I make my office inspired...
Ione Skye's Parson Desk as featured in DominoHere are some of the things I've learned from Kacy's newsletters:
Enter, The Inspired Office. About a year ago I was introduced to Kacy Paide's company, The Inspired Office, through an article in the Washington Post. I signed up for her newsletter, and was immediately hooked on her organizing tips and secrets. Kacy is a professional organizer who helps clients throughout the DC area turn their piles of paper and stacks of lists (both of which I have plenty) into something more inspiring to work from. Even in you're not in the DC area, I highly recommend going here to sign up for the weekly newsletter. Hurry, go now and you'll still catch this week's edition tomorrow.
Abby's Organizing Method: Carry a really big handbag and throw all of the scraps of paper and bits of inspiration you find into the bottom of it. Then wait until it's too heavy to carry anymore, dump it all out on the bed to sort, get frustrated, put it back in the bag and switch to a different handbag.
The Inspired Office Method: "Take a spiral notebook and place it front and center on your desktop. It will serve as a small, inconspicuous landing strip for websites, lists, email addresses, phone numbers, etc. Instead of going to a sticky, back of an envelope, desk blotter, or pulling a sheet out of recycling, all notes will immediately go into the notebook. I date the top of my page about every week. So, if I need to find that link to the German wallpaper site I stumbled across 2 months ago, I can locate it within seconds." (Abby's note: This also works with a notebook in said unruly handbag)
Abby's Organizing Method: Keep a basket on the desk or counter and designate that as the "filing basket." Continually place everything from bank statements to menus with great logo designs in said basket. Never file things away from the basket because they all seem to random to put in folders. Let basket get so full that it's overflowing onto the counter. Buy new basket to set next to it.
The Inspired Office Method: Make File folders with general categories for the things that are important to you (see photo above from Kacy's website.). And then use them. If file folders with labels are too much of a commitment, use sticky notes stuck vertically on the files until you're done with your initial sorting.
Here's to your inspired office!