Just like in any creative field, trends come and go. Current prevailing organizational ideas focus on sustainable and practical fixes that can dramatically increase productivity and happiness in your workplace. Whether you're sprucing up a private office, optimizing a shared space, or settling into your home office, these tips are no-brainers for a workspace you'll love for the long haul.
Start With Your Setup
Furniture has become as much a decorative decision as a functional framework. Choose desks, hutches, credenzas, and filing cabinets with the amenities that work best for your needs. A combination of open and concealed storage typically works best, and NBF's collections have the style and substance you need to outfit your office space.
We're in love with the Structure Collection's clean, uncluttered aesthetic. There are ample choices that are thoughtfully designed to fit small at-home spaces, collaborative offices, and larger private suites that deserve a little bit of executive appeal. You can pair a combination of large and narrow hutches and files to create the comprehensive storage you need to succeed.
Bin It to Win It
Utilize hanging shelf space, bookcases, and ledges to store your (hopefully well-organized) supplies in plain sight. A combination of small, medium, and large bins can be tailored to fit in any enclave, providing a neat appearance that can handle anything.
Mix it up and choose both opaque and transparent boxes and bins to keep things interesting. Show off items that lend themselves to better organization or opt to hide more unruly, hard-to-tame supplies in a lidded box or a container with solid sides.
The New Neutrals
Keep your crazy colors at bay and opt for timeless taupes, graceful grays, and browns that will coordinate with anything. Not only will they fit with your current décor, but their flexibility will also allow your accent pieces to fit into future redecorating schemes, eliminating extra spending and reducing waste.
Natural aesthetics are an emerging trend. Woven fabrics and raw textiles are in and available at any price point. Find local craftspeople and suppliers that use sustainable materials and ethical assembly to create a space that's environmentally sound.
To See and Be Seen
In stark contrast—but not competition—with the all-natural look, acrylic organizers are finding their way onto desktops and shelving. Clear containers with sleek, squared-off lines provide an incredibly clean look that sits strongly alongside other décor choices. Mix this modern aesthetic with more natural and raw pieces to create a playful contrast.
Bring It All Into Focus
Your most used, most important possessions are often relegated to a far-flung place, making it easy to leave them on your desktop when you're finished. While building better habits for returning things to their designated space, take the time to make sure your must-haves are within arm's reach. If something is easy to access, it's also easy to put away.
Sometimes that everyday binder or large book only fits on a larger bottom shelf, out of sight when you need it most. Remember that most bookshelves feature adjustable shelves you can raise and lower to accommodate any possession. From there, ensure that your most-used items are located at eye level with lesser-sought stuff on the top or bottom shelves.
Keeping Up With the Clutter
An organizational overhaul is only worth the time if it's sustainable. No matter what the latest blogs say, there's no one-size-fits-all solution. Do your research, then listen to your head and heart while you select decluttering schemes that work for you. It doesn't matter if your space looks great for that one perfect picture; it's the long-haul that counts. When it comes to your organizational style, after you pick it, stick with it.