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Beautiful isn't always better

Posted in 'Clutter' on November 19, 2009

Last year I was helping a client move out of her office and she offered me an entire range of desk accessories - in trays, magazine holders, file storage, little boxes with lids. You name it, she had it. They were only about 12 months old and barely used - we had bought them when she first moved into the office.  They were a lovely gold colour and I immediately conjured up a whole range of uses for them.

The first thing I did when I got home with them was to throw out my old in-trays. They were the cheap black plastic type that I had bought years ago and they weren't all that attractive. Then I moved all of my magazines into the magazine holders and added a couple more to the book case for just in case. The rest of the accessories were placed in different areas around my office. SOme of them used, some not.

About 3 weeks later I noticed that my office had never been.....messier! It felt cluttered. There was stuff everywhere and I didn't like it. Although the idea of having all of these beautiful looking accessories to make my office look tidier was lovely, in reality, it was a bad idea.

  • The in-trays were too small. They didn't fit my notepads or half of the things I needed to keep in them. So everything end up covering my desk and my beautiful in-trays say empty.
  • The magazine racks worked for the ones that were full, but the extras were just taking up space in my book case causing me to stack books on top of each other.
  • The file storage made my files look tidy because they were hidden away, but they were a pain because I needed to access them on a regular basis.

So I got rid of it all (except a couple of the magazine racks that were being used). I bought some new black plastic in-trays (I took my notebook with me to make sure they would fit first) and now my desk, although it isn't all colour coordinated, is tidy and uncluttered.

The moral of my story is, think about how practical something is before you buy it.  

 



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Kay completed over a year's worth of client filing and scanning for me without a grumble. Fantastic! Whilst doing that, she provided some handy tips for a "To Do" system. Great work!

— A McCall, Stafford Heights

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