While the thought of a neat and tidy home office may be one of the most daunting aspirations when it comes to maintaining a room of your own, there is something to be said for a desk with everything in its right place. This romantic notion is the perfect locale to house all those important “adulating” papers, i.e. bills, current and past, as well as a place to hold creative aspirations, those knick knacks you can’t quite part with and even a surface to keep your keys at the end of a long day. That being said, a desk can wear many hats in the home.
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With back-to-school season underway say it ain’t so! a little time spent reorganizing never hurt, especially after a long summer of neglect. Vintage accents, DIY touches and the occasional practical addition are just a few ways to get your desk back to functional.
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When it comes to getting organized, it is best to think outside the box, or in this case: above the desk. This wall space is prime real estate for shelves, wall hangings or corkboards. A handy dandy notepad makes the occasional to-do list a no-brainer. If inspiration is what you seek, add a mirror or photographs for visual appeal.
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A coordinated color scheme can leave even the messiest space looking spick and span so if staying organized and keeping all your pens and pencils in a row has proven to be a futile endeavor, try a muted palate. Monochromatic desks paired with matching chairs, shelves and lamps will always look chic and together, even if a mess of papers and takeout menus lay within the closed drawers. For the color-obsessed, the understated home office color scheme really comes alive if a bold accent color is introduced to break up the monotony.
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If your filing system has fallen to shambles or stacks of magazines and has you, and your desk, living under a pile of clutter, baskets and decorative holders are a must to keep life’s papers under control. Be sure to purge the unnecessary and recycle that outdated Vogue from August 2006.
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Not too proud to ask for help, another trick of the trade to keeping a desk in top form is giving all the desk accessories a place to live. Heavy duty and uniform, organizer trays keep all desk needs in a row and ready to go. Gone are the days of searching for scotch tape or a stamp! Keep these trays on a shelf or in a drawer, either way, this functional little tool will be sure to excite the kindergartner in all of us, bringing back the days of brand new school supplies and freshly sharpened pencils.