In January, we announced the winner of our second Messiest Desk Contest and the big reveal is right around the corner! JoAnn is an educator with an overcrowded office and extremely busy schedule. She expressed her desire for a functional office that would allow her to be more productive in her roles and responsibilities. In order to make her office more functional, one of the items we needed to address was storage.
We began working with JoAnn in February to assess her space, identify her challenges and goals, learn how she would prefer to work in her space, and take steps towards creating an efficient office. With her office currently being utilized more for storage, she had been using her guest bed as a makeshift desk!
JoAnn’s office was cluttered with piles of papers, boxes of books, and a wide variety of office supplies. She needed a storage system that gave everything a proper “home” within her office. We started by sorting and purging JoAnn’s paper and office supplies, then designated where everything should be stored based on how often JoAnn needed access to them. She already had some great containers that we were able to reuse, but there were some items that needed better storage solutions. We turned to Turnstone and found products with the perfect mix of functionality and aesthetics that fit her needs and space.
Often times, people choose containers before they start their organizing project. Instead, begin by sorting and purging. Then take into account what is actually left and measure the areas where your containers will live to ensure you are maximizing your available space.
Based on the needs of JoAnn’s space and supplies, we installed the following products from Turnstone into her new office:
- For storing her office supplies: Bankers Boxes
- For her in and out boxes: SOTO Letter Boxes
- For storing desk supplies: SOTO Pile Boxes
- For storing her active projects: SOTO File Boxes
Be sure to follow our blog for the next steps we took in JoAnn’s office transformation, as well as the final reveal of her new functional office!
Photo courtesy of Leo V. Santiago.
Special thanks to Turnstone for contributing modern storage bins.